The Living Finish
What Is A Living Finish
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 touch levers or door knobs.
Brassware darkens due to atmospheric and environmental influences. Hardware made in brass will change over time and acquires added charm over the years. The patina that comes with use lends it a very special visual appeal.
Many brass and other metal items have a patina applied to them in the factory. These patinas are pigments and chemicals that react with the base metal to speed up the aging process. These patinas allow the base metals to look like they're already aged upon arrival. However, the finish will generally not change.
On a living finish, the brass or copper is left unsealed. That is, without a clear top coat to prevent corrosion. Without that clear topcoat, these items will also continue to age and their colours will continue to evolve as the base metal reacts with the environment. No two items will age at the same rate or go through the same colour phases. Their continued evolution is completely dependent on the environment where they're placed. Hence the term living finish.
Some 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 touch the item. 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 is beautiful - if you like something "aging" before your eyes. The items are made to have a vintage look over time. If you like your door handles to have that brand new look for its lifetime, a living finish is not for you. If your home looks very natural, rustic, or vintage, a living finish will fit seamlessly into your decor.
Unlacquered brass is bold, it's gutsy, and it complements a number of colour schemes perfectly - whether you're looking for light and airy or dark and sensual this finish is highly versatile, and can be coordinated with a variety of textures and patterns to create a distinct look. Allow to naturally tarnish over time or polish to restore its brilliance, unlacquered brass is a durable, living finish that complements a variety of designs.
The beauty and joy of a living finishis that what you see today, you will not see tomorrow.