The Life of a Living Finish

Some faucet finishes, such as Oil Rubbed Bronze, are “living” finishes. A Living finish is a non-lacquered, unprotected finish that “changes” over time. The finish changes are caused by oxidation from the air, as well as soaps, even natural oils that could be on your hands when you turn faucets on and off. These changes can range from subtle lightening at the beginning to a more drastic change to lighter browns, golds, and even pink tones. The patina on these faucets are beautiful – if you like something “aging” before your eyes. These faucets are made to have a vintage look over time. If you like your faucets to have that brand new look for its lifetime, a living finish is not for you. If your bathroom looks very natural, rustic, or vintage, a living finish will fit seemlessly into your decor.

Although most bronze finishes are “living” finishes – don’t be turned off to bronze itself. A few companies, such as Perrin & Rowe, Altmans, Jado, and Horus, do make Bronze finishes that are considered “non-living”. For more information, please visit , or e-mail us at We will be happy to find the right faucet, living or non living, to fit your needs!

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