Unleashing the Secrets of Lacquer: A Guide to the Finishes on Cabinet Hardware

Unleashing the Secrets of Lacquer: A Guide to the Finishes on Cabinet Hardware

Making a statement with your cabinet hardware is all about the finish. The right lacquer can bring out the beauty of brass, enhance the texture of metal, and create the perfect complement to your cabinets. Here at Inspire Hardware, we offer a variety of lacquer finishes that cater to different design styles, lighting conditions, and room settings.

Matte Finish: Matte finishes offer a soft, understated elegance that works well in contemporary, minimalist, and modern styles. This finish reduces the shine and luster of brass, making it ideal for a calm, relaxing environment. A matte finish is also a great option for spaces with high humidity, as it is more resistant to moisture and fingerprints.

Gloss Finish: Gloss finishes are highly reflective and provide maximum shine, making them perfect for dramatic, high-end, and upscale settings. This finish enhances the natural beauty of brass, and works particularly well in rooms with abundant natural light. A gloss finish is also ideal for spaces that require frequent cleaning, as it is easy to wipe down and maintain.

Satin Finish: Satin finishes are a perfect balance between matte and gloss, offering a soft shine that adds subtle depth and dimension to brass. This finish works well in transitional, classic, and traditional styles, and is an ideal choice for rooms with moderate natural light. Satin finishes are also highly durable and offer a smooth surface that is easy to clean.

Unlacquered Finish: Sometimes you want a piece to actually show signs of aging, forming a patina that reflects the humidity and temperature fluctuations of your local climate.  When this is your goal, you actually want a piece that is polished but not lacquered at all. While you cannot control how a piece will age in this way, many people consider an unfinished piece as the ultimate natural finish on their hardware, showing the age and use patterns of a handle over time.

We know how much the right lacquer finish can help to bring out the beauty of your cabinet hardware and create the perfect complement to your cabinets. Whether you prefer a soft, understated elegance of matte, a dramatic shine of gloss, or a soft shine of satin, we have you covered here at Inspire Hardware.