Reflecting trends in hardware

Door and window hardware can have a massive visual impact on the aesthetics of a property, but what are the current trends that really work? Simon Boocock, Managing Director of CRL Europe, takes a look.

While much focus is often given to the choice of windows and doors for a building, their architecture is just as important. Whatever style of property, there is a hardware solution to fit.

Chrome and stainless steel and stainless steel have long been popular materials in door and window hardware because they are not only hardy but also are versatile enough to complement any building design. Now Matte Black is also popular, making a sophisticated and elegant statement that is bold but also timeless.

Like chrome and stainless steel and stainless steel before it, matte black and dark bronze offer a huge level of versatility, enabling such finishes to be chosen for virtually any situation.

The lean towards alternative finishes is particularly prevalent in bathroom design, with shower hardware now available in this latest striking Matte Black finish. Increasingly being seen on brassware, this finish is now filtering through to shower and door hardware including hinges, support bars and door knobs, creating a harmonious look throughout the bathroom. On a practical note, a matte finish offers a fingerprint and smudge-resistant alternative to polished surfaces such as chrome and stainless steel and stainless steel and stainless steel, another reason for its rising popularity. Finishes such as Matte Black and Dark Bronze create a minimal and on-trend look in keeping with the popular ‘barely there’ approach to interior design.

Aesthetics aside for a moment, it is also important that door and window hardware is straightforward to fit, with minimal downtime and minimal mess. Toughened glass, wherever it is used in a building needn’t be difficult to install or maintain, as is evident in the above example. With the right systems chosen, glass systems can be straightforward to fit, even retrospectively, enabling the open-plan space to be easily adapted to suit changing requirements. Dry-glazed systems, such as the one used for the recent Banc of California project in Los Angeles, are particularly effective for modern interior designs as they are quick and easy to install, ultimately providing maximum transparency and an elegant appearance. Glass balustrades and facades were the preferred choice for specifiers working on the facility, which features custom-made all-glass entrances, glass railings, and bullet resistant transaction systems which enhance the aesthetics and function of the stadium.