Matte Black Plumbing Fixtures: Trend or Here to Stay?

Raise your hand if you’re eyeing black plumbing fixtures for your next home project. As we continue down our own rabbit hole of house hunting, I’m looking for potential and envisioning everything from its new floor plan to fixtures. But how practical is the matte black fixture (dare I say) trend? Especially in Hawai’i, where hard water is very much a thing.

This cozy, eclectic and flat out cool kitchen by Amber Interiors gives my design insides all kinds of mojo. My healthy obsession with neutrals and warm wood details is beautifully represented and the matte black fixture and sink make me want to throw caution to the wind.

Design: Amber Interiors | Photographer: Tessa Neustadt

Design: Amber Interiors | Photographer: Tessa Neustadt

Tips and Advice from Pro’s

After speaking with my go-to plumbing pro’s and reading countless reviews, here’s some tips and advice to keep at the forefront of your renovation brains if you’re totally jonesing for at least one matte black faucet (like me).

  • My fellow Italians: bleach is a no-go. For this finish to stand any test of time, you need to stay away from waxes, solvents, abrasives, acids and other chemical based cleansers. A mild soapy water (or all natural cleaner) and microfiber cloth is the safest way to ensure your fixture’s lifespan.

  • If you have hard water, regardless of how much protective coating is on the fixture or sink, expect to deal with spots. There is a way around this of course — wipe with Mr. Microfiber after each use. If you’re a clean freak like me, no problem, but do I really WANT to? Something to think about.

  • It will fade. The color that is. There’s no solid report on a timeframe for this but the rich black hue will inevitably lose pigment over time. The best way to keep it fresh is keeping Mr. Microfiber handy for daily wipe downs

  • Use a plumber you trust, that takes their time and who knows their stuff. Scratches and dents may occur during installation. A good plumber will protect the fixture so the teeth from the tools don’t scratch the surface.

TELL ME! If you have matte black fixtures, are you still in love with them a YEAR later?