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Why Hardware Finishes Matter

When replacing your windows, you need to consider lots of things, from the window style to the type of glass to the frame material. The details matter too, however–especialLy the hardware finish.

The hardware finish for your windows helps complete the home’s overall look. Choosing the wrong finish will negatively affect the home’s aesthetics.

In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Austin shares a quick at common hardware finishes, how they affect the home’s overall aesthetic, and where they are best used.


A white finish is simple, but has a big impact. It can streamline the home’s aesthetics, or can be used as a strong accent to complement other colors. White is best used in modern or farmhouse style homes.

Distressed Nickel

Distressed nickel has a rustic feel that evokes Old World charm. It’s slowly becoming more popular and can be seen in urban dwellings around the world. The process used to create distressed nickel finishes means that each piece is unique.

Polished Chrome

This finish boasts a highly-polished look at that attracts attention to hardware, such as those used in sliding windows. This can be used in many styles, but is best used for modern, farmhouse and Art deco-style homes.

Bright Brass

Bright brass works well in classic style homes – like those with ornate chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. This is ideal for colonial and vintage-style homes.

Antique Brass

Featuring a warm look comparable to natural brass, antique brass is best used in Craftsman homes, as well as those with wood floors and fireplaces made of stone.

Satin Nickel

This chic finish works best when it is meant to stand out against everything around it. Best paired with bold shapes and patterns, satin nickel is ideally used against dark colors like navy blue or black.

Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Oil-Rubbed Bronze is best used in rustic homes and is meant to give such places an Old-World feel. Its appearance changes over time, and it is ideally used in Mediterranean and Tuscan style homes, or those with stone accents and luxurious wallpaper.

Looking for a reliable contractor to install custom windows in your home? Look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Austin, your trusted local window installer. Call our pros at (866) 842-3370 or fill out our online for to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in Georgetown, TX.


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