Polished Brass that is…
Jeeezzzz, I remember choosing this fixture for ALL my spec homes back in the 80’s and we didn’t think our homes were “cheap”!
According to Mary Umberger of Inman News in her post “Rooms for Improvement“, brass has no class when it comes to impressing buyers.
Don’t get Steve Somogyi wrong. He doesn’t hate all brass finishes — just the really shiny, yellow-toned stuff that he thinks screams “Cheap!” when homebuyers notice it in light fixtures, switch plates, doorknobs, etc. That brass tone was fashionable a couple of decades ago, but its day is done and it has to go if it’s in a house you’re trying to sell, according to Somogyi, a real estate agent and interior designer. In prepping a small house for the market recently, he switched out every single brass light fixture, switch plate, door hinge and knob for ones with an oil-rubbed bronze finish that’s a very dark brown.
Although he’s a fan of dark-toned finishes (and certain antique golds), Somogyi said the general homebuying public continues to accept the recently popular satin-nickel tones as being “up to date” — though he suspects an appetite is brewing for the next big color.
What do you think? You can still buy these fixtures! Would you ditch it…if so…what would you replace it with?