Matte Black Hardware [pros and cons]

It looks like matte black hardware is a trend that's here to stay! From hardware, faucets and other small details, matte black is becoming an increasingly popular color or choice. It's classy, sophisticated and easily matched to color palettes--what more could you ask for?

But even with all the hype surrounding matte black hardware, it's still a relatively new trend. And with that comes some reservations--will it chip? Will it withstand the test of time and other trends? Is it expensive?

Today, we're going to go through the pros and cons of matte black hardware, so you can decide if it's right for you!


-easy to clean and doesn't show as much dirt, fingerprints or water spots as hardware like chrome

-easy to coordinate with other kitchen and bath accessories

-very versatile and can fit with most kitchen and bath palettes

-goes well with natural materials like stone, marble and timber, so you're not limited to the type of materials you can choose


-it can be more difficult to find in stores, compared to other more popular finishes like chrome and brushed nickel

-fading: the color will fade over time and will need to be replaced, as it will look more grey than black

-easily damaged prior to installation: you will need to be extra careful when installing black hardware, to avoid dents or scratches that will be very obvious in the matte black color

-cannot be cleaned with chemicals or wax based cleaners

-will easily show dust, powder, makeup etc.

Well, there you have it! Some pros and cons from people who have had matte black hardware and say: yes please or never again!

Let us know if you're buying into this trend!

If you're ever in the market for black hardware, give us a call!

-Wholewood Team

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