Whether you are building new, remodeling your bath or just updating your look, your faucet choices are very important. One nice relatively inexpensive update that can give your old bath a whole new look is changing the finish of your bath faucets—sink, tub and shower. But, keep in mind, your choice in faucets can really make or break your bath design. Faucet finish is an important design element. You can enhance a basic sink, tub or shower, making them look far more expensive, with the right faucets and the wrong faucet can ruin the look of even the most beautiful high end tub, sink or shower.
If you are just changing your faucets think about the style of your bath before deciding on a finish. If you are remodeling your bathroom think about the finish before you change your sinks and other fixtures, cabinets and tile. The faucet finish should complement the rest of the room and needs to blend well with the other colors and finishes.
Once upon a time chrome was about your only option. And although chrome still has a die-hard following it is not the most popular. Chrome’s largest fans are builders so in sheer volume of sales chrome is still in the lead. But for remodels and home improvement it’s far behind. Today you have choices!
• Brass-Very elegant and perfect for traditional and Victorian style baths. Some good examples are Aged Brass to add a touch of Victorian elegance. For a traditional bath brushed brass is an excellent choice. For a vintage look bath look for a collection which includes an ultra-elegant brass exposed tub and shower mixer in polished brass.
• Copper-Polished copper can give a very elegant look to vintage style baths. Brushed copper is perfect for Old World elegance.
• Polished Nickel-An elegant touch to traditional and contemporary baths. Brushed Nickel gives a softer more understated elegance. An elegant bathroom faucet in polished nickel is a good traditional choice and you might consider a simple but elegant faucet in brushed nickel for a contemporary bath.
• Gold Plated-The ultimate in elegance for traditional and other formal styles. Any faucet in satin gold is the first work in elegance.
• Bronze-Bronze in a light hue can be very elegant in traditional baths like Champagne Bronze and the richer darker bronze tones in Old World style baths such as oil rubbed bronze bath faucet.
• Stainless—highly polished stainless can be elegant and is perfect for contemporary designs but the brushed stainless steel can look fantastic in more traditional baths as well.
Buying your faucets from a manufacturer’s design collection will take the guess work out of coordinating the faucets for your sinks, tub and shower. Your faucets should also match the finish of your towel bar, hooks, toilet paper holder, etc. Buying all of these from one design collection is the very best way of making everything work together, if it just isn’t possible at least stay with the same finish. Whatever you choose keep in mind how the finish will look with your other design elements—cabinets, walls, floors, and other items. Matching your lighting fixtures to your faucets really brings a room together so keep that in mind.