A detailed guide to determining what you have and what you want.
Brushed Satin Nickel
Brushed satin nickel is always a shade or two darker than satin nickel and the finish is very smooth. You can see the brush marks in the finish. It will still be hard to see the exact shape online, but this should be darker than satin nickel.
Matte nickel is generally the same shade as the standard satin nickel, but it has a "matte" finish, which simply means that it doesn't shine. Matte finishes are dull for lack of a better word.
Antique Nickel is usually the darkest of the nickels, and sometimes it's called weathered nickel or distressed nickel.
There are several names for the brass finish from polished brass to bright brass. On the internet, brass is one of the hardest finishes to differentiate just by looking at a product picture, so below we've shown examples that all look very similar. In order to know what you are getting you'll have to pay attention to the terminology.
Solid Brass will have a softer, warmer, look than the hardware out there that is brass plated. Brass plating is done through an electroplating process that really shines. Real solid brass will use the world "solid" in the title and will give off a softer look. Solid brass is also pricier than brass plated.
Satin or Sterling Brasses & Gold
Oil Rubbed Bronze
Oil Rubbed Bronze is one of the toughest finishes there is to put a name to exactly what you have. This is an important reason to never mix any ORB finishes from supplier to supplier. The finish has that much variety. The standard oil rubbed bronze is a very deep, nearly black bronze color. The finish will give way to highlights of a much brighter bronze with use and each knob becomes even more beautiful with time if you ask me.
Liberty OB3 Finish
You'd think there wouldn't be much to say about the black finish, and generally that's true. Black is black and, for the most part, is going to look the same unless you are comparing ceramic to die cast or wood. There are however a few variations and we've listed them below.
Weathered or Distressed Black
Chrome is a lot like black in that nearly all of the pieces of hardware you see in chrome will be the standard bright polished chrome finish. The few variations are usually to tone it down a little bit by adding a matte or satin finish.
Matte chrome is a softer and cooler finish than polished chrome. A little less flashy and could almost be described as brighter matte nickel.
Antique Brass is one of the most diverse finishes out there. Antique brass can range from a soft brown with gold tones to a dark nearly oil rubbed bronze. There are a lot of subtle differences between what people are calling this finish or that finish, but below we've laid out what we think each of these finishes mean.
Dark Antique Brass
Tumbled Antique Brass
Burnished Antique Brass
Satin Antique Brass
Pewter is one of our favorite finishes and can create a great contrast between it and lighter colors. While we have a small line of solid pewter, solid pewter hardware is very expensive and is therefore not really that common. The rose to the left is solid pewter. Since most hardware is not really solid pewter, but a die cast, there are quite a few pewter like finishes to choose from.
Brushed Satin Pewter
Similar to antique brass, antique copper has a diverse array of finishes. We've snuck in an extra finish in the header burnished antique copper. This finish, nearly distressed, has deep dark undertones and appears to be well worn with time. Antique copper can always provide a range of different looks and feels to your home décor and furnishings.
Brushed Antique Copper
Weathered Antique Copper