Beeson Decorative Hardware
Princeton Marketing Group
Business Journal Editorial
Bronze and copper accents add atmosphere to a home.
The details in our home reflect our personality and many people like the look of bronze or copper to create a rich looking living environment.
If you like the ageless look of bronze, you may want to add or change some of the fixtures in your home. An ordinary door knob can be replaced with a bronze knob, a ring pull or a lever. You can also select the design of the plate (known as an escutcheon) that fits behind the knob. Other bronze fixtures to consider adding include door accessories, hinges, cabinet hardware and oil rubbed bronze mirrors and bathrooms sinks. Custom hardware can also be created to your specifications.
Bronze is hand poured and cast by highly skilled craftsmen. The forces of time, touch and climate deepen the patina, mellowing it in a way that only nature can. Silicon and white bronze are both alloys. Silicon bronze contains copper, silicon, and zinc creating a coppery-gold color. White bronze is composed of copper, manganese, nickel, and zinc producing a silver color. Patinas are hand applied and, with time, each piece distinctly reflects its surroundings.
The look of bronze will change with time. Salt and sea water will hasten the aging process by changing the bronze’s color, sheen and texture. Cleaning all surfaces with mild soap, water and a non-abrasive cloth will help the hardware age gracefully. To protect the patina finish, apply a high-quality clear wax paste.
Copper is another material that adds atmosphere and mood to a home. Handcrafted copper is available in antique finish or, to accommodate a cooler color scheme, a nickel finish is often available. There is an extensive range of tubs, bowls, kitchen sinks, vanities, mirrors and accessories to select from.
The services of a professional showroom will give you a wider range of choices in the selection of your fixtures and fittings and in depth advice on all aspects of achieving the look you want. Some notable manufacturers represented in a professional showroom include Rocky Mountain Hardware, Bates and Bates, Native Trails and Thompson Traders.