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The first-time renovator’s guide to finishes

About to start renovating your kitchen, bathroom or laundry? Stop right there!

When it comes to updating your wet areas, choosing the fixtures is only one piece of the puzzle. Choosing the right finish is what can make or break the overall aesthetic – not to mention influence the durability and longevity of your fixtures.


Let’s dive into the wonderful world of finishes so you can make the perfect choice for your upcoming reno.

Classy chrome

Trends come and go, but chrome has remained a staple of bathroom and kitchen design for good reason. This classic, timeless finish will complement any wet-area renovation, plus its reflective surface is easy to clean and maintain. CLARK's chrome products are built to last while also adding a touch of class to your room – how could you not fall in love with our Round Overhead Shower in Chrome?

Styling recommendations

        Chrome pairs well with cooler tones, such as white, grey and blue.

        Chrome tapware works for all design schemes – from traditional to modern, bold to minimal.


Moody matte black

Black is back! Well, it never really left in the first place. But there’s no denying the matte black finish has become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks to its stylish and moody vibe. If you’re looking to turn heads, nothing shouts “Look at me!” more than bold tapware like the CLARK Cross Wall Basin/Bath Set.

Styling recommendations

        Matte black pairs well with bold and vibrant colours – think reds, greens and yellows. It also draws focus when contrasted against a mostly white space.

        For a sophisticated look, pair your matte black products with a minimalist design.


Brilliant brushed nickel

Think you’ve seen it all with chrome and matte black? You ain’t seen nothing yet! Enter, our new brushed nickel range

This subtle finish isn’t one to make itself the centre of attention (we’re looking at you, matte black), but instead it works to add warmth and elegance to any bathroom, kitchen or laundry. Just take a peek at our Round Pin Sink Mixer in Brushed Nickel.

Styling recommendations

        Brushed nickel pairs well with warmer tones, such as beige, brown and cream; as well as colours like blues, greens, yellows and pinks.

        For a traditional and timeless look, install your brushed nickel products in rooms where you are chasing a classic design.


What are the people really saying?

Here’s what homeowners, designers and DIYers love about our finishes:

        Durability: Our finishes are highly durable and easily withstand daily wear and tear, making the Find a CLARK stockistm the practical choice for high-traffic areas.

        Versatility:  Our finishes complements a wide range of colour schemes and styles, so there is always an option, no matter what design scheme you are going for.

        Easy to clean: Our products are easy to clean and maintain, which means less time worrying about fingerprints, smudges and water stains.


Taking care of your CLARK products

After you’ve found a finish to perfectly match your dream reno, you’ll need to take care of it to ensure you have it for years to come!

So, no matter the finish – chrome, matte black or brushed nickel – ensure you follow a couple of easy maintenance tips:


  1. Clean with a mild soap and water solution to avoid damaging the finish.
  2. Avoid abrasive cleaners and scrubbers, as they can permanently scratch the surface.


Still not sure which finish will give your renovation the perfect finishing touch? Take the guesswork out and visit a CLARK stockist near you today to see the finishes in-person and choose the one that's just right for you!