Graphite nickel is the latest in door hardware finishes. It’s a new, and very popular, development on what’s been the finish of choice for more than a decade now – brushed nickel.
“For the last nearly 20 years, brushed nickel has been the finish of choice in terms of door hardware. Before that, brass was popular, but aside from that we haven’t seen much movement in terms of trends and new finishes,” Windsor Brass’ Sean Crowley says.
It was a couple of years ago at a hardware fair in Europe that graphite nickel started to emerge, and it was then that Windsor Brass saw the opportunity for a fresh take on the traditional brushed nickel that had dominated the market for so long.
“Within that, matt black has been a side runner for a couple of years and has seen some popularity in terms of uptake, but it never overtook the brushed finish,” Sean says. “What we found with that finish though is that it was very polarising; people either loved it or hated it, and it’s also one we can see dating quite quickly.”