Back to Black

The idea of a black faucet appeals to me, but the reality of that notion has frequently fallen short of the mark. Oil-rubbed bronze: Usually looks artificial to my eye. Powder-coat blacks: Too unpredictable in tone, and their finish is sometimes so glossy as to seem plastic-like. Wrought iron: Getting closer, but can be a bit drab. This treatment, though, called Midnight Chrome, is unique and interesting to me. It's pleasingly dark, but with a deep lustre that gives the fitting an unexpected sophistication.