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Faucet and Fixture Finishes for Your Next Remodel

POSTED ON Wednesday, April 1, 2020 IN Bathroom

Find the perfect finishing touch for your faucets and fixtures

Choosing a finish for your bathroom faucets and fixtures is as important as choosing the faucets and fixtures themselves. Color is the key to setting the mood of your space. Take your pick between warm or cool hues and brushed or polished surfaces, both of which can help shape the style and design of your bathroom. With a wide range of finishes available to you, it can be difficult to figure out what works best for your space. But by learning about the latest trends and comparing different finishes, you can be more confident in your decision-making.

Go modern with a polished chrome faucet finish

If you are looking to give your kitchen or bathroom a modern update, consider a polished chrome finish for your faucet and fixtures. Polished chrome has long been a homeowner favorite, in large part because it complements a wide variety of fixture styles and types of décor.

There are homeowners who tend to think of polished chrome as a dated or “builder grade” look, but modern angular styles have emerged in recent years. That has led to a surge in the popularity of polished chrome, along with other bright metallic finishes.

Part of the appeal of polished chrome is that it is inexpensive, durable, and quite possibly the easiest finish to clean, but versatility is its calling card. High-polished chrome echoes more contemporary design traits, bringing a stylish focal point to your sink. But this finish can also be used to evoke nostalgia for luxury bathrooms of the 1920s or other vintage styles.

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Brushed nickel is a timeless choice for a fixture finish

Brushed nickel is another common faucet and fixture finish that shares a lot of qualities with polished chrome. Both work well with virtually all styles of decor, in addition to being durable and easy to clean and maintain. One difference is that brushed nickel is more of a newcomer to the scene, but its growing popularity signals that you can expect it to be around for a while.

Brushed nickel is an ideal design choice for a timeless kitchen or bathroom. It makes less of a statement than polished chrome, and is more likely to blend in with its surroundings. Designers will often pair it with stainless steel decor and appliances. Homeowners tend to favor brushed nickel if they are trying to soften the look of a space. You may see brushed nickel against white or used to complement granite or slate countertops and backsplashes..

Create a striking contrast with a matte black finish

One of the most popular new faucet and fixture finishes on the market is matte black. It is a bold choice for any kitchen or bathroom, offering a touch of class and sophistication. Matte black is coveted in large part because it can complement nearly any design aesthetic, possessing a unique ability to coordinate well with other decor, from vanities to accent pieces.

Matte black finishes are slightly more difficult to care for, sometimes showing water spots or lime residue, but their visual appeal is what makes them stand out to homeowners. It can be used to create a striking contrast when paired with white marble finishes, as well as white cabinets, in an otherwise minimalist space. Matte black can also make an industrial design statement in a more contemporary space, or serve as the perfect finishing touch of a modest bathroom renovation. Matte black can make for an elegant and eclectic combination of form, function, and beauty in your kitchen or bathroom.

Oil-rubbed bronze is a more traditional faucet finish

Frequently positioned as an alternative to polished chrome and brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze offers a more traditional look and feel. It has the history to match its aesthetic, having been around since first gaining popularity in the late 90s. Oil-rubbed bronze is durable and easy to clean, but more importantly, it is easy to find. Its accessibility goes hand-in-hand with its practicality, as it can be easily matched with wood tones, almost seeming to blend into the wood rather than creating a sharp contrast.

Embrace natural beauty with a copper fixture finish

Copper is a unique finish for faucets and fixtures because of its natural antibacterial properties. It serves as a sort of “healing factor” that darkens scratches over time, before they eventually blend with the beautiful patina. But the distinctive features of copper finishes don’t stop there.

Whereas it might not be quite as durable as polished chrome, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze, copper is a rich and subtle material that works especially well when paired with a marble countertop. It can be a bit more difficult to match accessories and other fixtures to copper, but you’d be hard pressed to find a better option for Tuscan and farmhouse styles.

Brushed gold finishes are an inspired choice

Gold is back in style and trending for 2020, as a modern twist on the color has emerged in luxury bathrooms and kitchens in the form of brushed gold finishes for faucets and fixtures. The new golds are a contrast to the 90s finish of brass, whereas the new colors are called things like champagne bronze and elegant gold. These gold finishes are often paired with the naval blue.

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Keep it classy with satin brass finishes

Bold but not ostentatious, satin brass finishes are making a comeback and lend a touch of class to your faucets and fixtures. The material is durable and won’t show fingerprints and water spots, due to the matte finish, so you won’t have to worry as much about losing its distinctive look with age. It is a finish that can be incorporated into traditional, modern, and contemporary spaces.

Before you make your decision, you are invited to see our faucets and fixtures up close and in person. Visit our nearest showroom and get a closer look at the finishes that could help complete the look and feel of your kitchen or bathroom.


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