Top five design trends

As you recover from your holiday indulgences, we’re presenting a lighter version of our earlier top ten lists. This list was compiled from research into our own products and other industry publications as a guide to what is driving kitchen and bath designers right now. No leftovers here! For your Thanksgiving pleasure, it’s Cliffside’s top five design trends!

Antique iron Sedona hardware

1. Antique colors/finishes

In examining our data, one of the most prevalent trends we noticed industry-wide was the use of antique colors, styles, and finishes. Cliffside provides ample opportunity to participate in this trend; some examples are the old antique, flat black, iron, oil-rubbed bronze, and old copper finishes, and the new Venetian bronze. The Sedona line, pictured here and in the header image above, is also a prime example of this “distressing” fad. Out of Cliffside’s top ten finishes, five are associated with this trend, proving that some things just do get better with age!

Brushed nickel hardware

2. Brushed finishes

A second trend that is popular throughout the kitchen and bath design world is the use of satin and brushed finishes. Cliffside offers many products in our most popular finish, silver satin, as well as brushed nickel, which matches SS very closely, and the naturally brushed stainless steel. On our solid brass knobs and pulls, the antique brass finish also sports a brushed look. The new Venetian bronze, as mentioned above, is a hybrid of antique and brushed, showing copper details hidden underneath its dark facade. As our top-selling finish, silver satin proves that sometimes, being popular really is the way to go!

One of Cliffside's crystal knobs

3. Elegant hardware

Some of the most elegant pieces that Cliffside offers are genuine lead crystal knobs. Though the crystal is crafted in Europe, the pieces are proudly assembled in the United States and ship direct from our supplier to your front door. These classic pieces lend an elegant tone to any kitchen or bathroom! We also offer marble hardware to coordinate with stone countertops, both in stock items and special order. For a formal look, designers can also explore our lines of solid brass hardware, which will be expanding early next year.

Stainless steel hardware

4. Contemporary colors

The classic contemporary colors are a staple of our line and are popular throughout the industry, and we have recently added to these finishes. The brushed tones of silver satin, brushed nickel, brushed black nickel and stainless steel mingle with the silvery gloss of polished chrome, nickel chrome, and polished nickel to create modern stylings that are truly dazzling. In addition, we have ball tip hinges to coordinate with our contemporary hardware. Though Cliffside is a “distributor of traditional hardware,” no one can ever say that we don’t keep up with the times!

Got turtles?

5. Novelty hardware

Full of fun and whimsy? Maybe you are the right kind of person to try out our novelty hardware! We have hardware that is appropriate for certain regions of the country, such as maritime hardware for a beach house, or a moose knob for a house in the Upper Midwest or Alaska! We also have knobs and pulls to appeal to the hobbyist, including golf bags, music notes, and cacti.

That’s it for this holiday edition of the Cliffside Industries blog. Be sure to tune in next Tuesday for our next great entry, and visit our website this weekend!

Cabinet manufacturer’s exclusive!

Tired of working with poor-quality stamped steel hinges that bind and squeak?

Why not switch to a high-quality adjustable extruded solid brass hinge? Sure, in the short run, those steel hinges may look like a good buy, but over time, they could end up costing you more money for replacement pieces, and they result in far too many complaints from dealers and customers.

BH2A-SS
BH2A-SS

Made by European craftsmen who are masters of precision manufacturing, our high-quality hinges have been made with the cooperation of the biggest and best cabinetmakers in the industry. They have given us their input at every step of the development of these hinges to give you a premium product that is easy to work with. Our hinges are hand-finished to give them that polished perfection on which your customers have learned to depend. For comparable prices to our competitors’ steel hinges, you can get the lasting quality and durability of solid brass. Your days of frustration working with low-quality hinges are over!

BH2A-NM-OA
BH2A-NM-OA

Have you considered Cliffside Industries as your source for adjustable solid brass hinges?

Cliffside has been designing and distributing high-quality extruded brass hinges for over 20 years, and we supply many of the industry’s top cabinet manufacturers. To make you a believer, we are offering to send you one sample BH2A or BH2A-NM hinge in your choice of finish. The only cost to you for this sample is the $4.00 freight charge.
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What’s the difference between solid brass and die cast?

One of those questions you may have been burning to know…

Brass is a metal alloy used in making many of our high-quality products. Many of our pieces are classified as solid brass, meaning that they are not hollow and are composed entirely of brass, making them quite dense, very durable, and more expensive than die cast. Brass pieces can retail for 20%-30% more than a comparable piece of zinc die cast hardware, but the increase in price is made up by an increase in quality and durability. The brass used to manufacture Cliffside’s solid brass hardware consists of approximately 60% copper, 37% zinc, and 3% other trace metals.

Die cast hardware is made primarily from zinc, a bluish-white, malleable metal. Unlike brass, which is an alloy, zinc is a element, meaning that it occurs naturally. Zinc is used to make paints, a variety of hygiene products, and, of course, die cast cabinet hardware. Zinc hardware is more affordable than solid brass, but is also much lighter and scores much lower in a standard salt spray test, used to test the durability of metal and plating. The zinc alloy used to make Cliffside’s die cast hardware consists of approximately 95% zinc, 4% aluminum, and 1% other trace metals.

New display board program

As we prepare for our new catalog and get ready to add a selection of completely new hardware items to our product line in 2009, we have many customers who call us asking for display boards. In this frame of mind, Cliffside has developed a new display board program.
With our new custom board program, your board is personal to your showroom, so there won’t be another one quite like it. Cliffside Industries will ship you an attractive display board embossed with our company logo, and you can design it with the hardware that you prefer.

Order your hardware directly from our office in Pennsylvania, and receive a 20% display discount on it. This applies to all of the hardware that we offer, including hinges and special order hardware!

As you purchase Cliffside hardware directly from us, you can earn credit to recoup the cost of your display hardware for up to 24 months after your initial purchase.

If you have trouble choosing just the right hardware, contact us! Our knowledgeable customer service staff is available from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST to assist you in choosing hardware, including our top-selling pieces. Continue reading “New display board program”

Can you be allergic to nickel?

Nickel (Ni) is a silvery-white metal that can be found in nature. It is usually mixed with other metals to produce alloys. For example, nickel-iron, which is used to manufacture stainless steel, is the most common nickel alloy. Other nickel alloys are used to make coins, costume jewelry, zippers, buttons, eyeglass frames, pens etc. Nickel is found in many common, everyday items.

Nickel allergy is a contact allergy, which is an allergic skin reaction in response to being exposed to a contact allergen or irritant, such as nickel. A nickel allergy can occur at any age, and typically manifests a few days after first contact as eczema (allergic contact dermatitis), which appears as an itchy, dry/crusty, and red/pigmented skin rash with watery blisters.

Additionally, nickel is used as a primary chemical throughout the plating process used by Cliffside’s supplier to color and finish the hardware. For customers with allergies to nickel, the following finishes in our catalog should be safe, using these finish codes: