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3 Steps To Choosing The Right Faucet Design

By on Jun 24, 2016
3 Steps To Choosing The Right Faucet Design

While some may be overwhelmed just by the thought of a bathroom remodel, others, like myself, see the countless possibilities that lie ahead. It’s an opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and trust me, when it starts it, won’t stop. Choosing the right faucet design is just one part of the many decisions that you will have to make. So, if you’re already rolling your eyes, this is for you. Below are three steps to choosing the right faucet design. This will hopefully make your job a bit easier and give you the motivation needed to start that bathroom remodel you’ve been dying to get done.

Regardless of the faucet design you ultimately choose, go for quality and integrity of the faucet’s parts. You want something that’s durable, but also within your price range. With that said, consider the following design elements when choosing the right faucet design for your remodeling project.

Oil Rubbed Design

Style & Design

When looking to imitate an Old World or Tuscan style design, Barbara Kaplan, interior designer and principal of Design Dimensions in Phoenix suggested choosing oil rubbed finishes. In her interview with HGTV, Kaplan states that because the finish offers a brownish, burnt tone, it stands out wonderfully in a cabin or cottage setting.

In the above photo, oil rubbed fixtures are paired with a white marble countertop, marble backsplash, neutral paint and a gold framed mirror to create a warm and inviting space.

Let’s say you want a Scandinavian style bathroom, then you probably want to go with chrome fixtures. On the other hand, nickel hardware allows for a more elegant design. This type of fixture is best used in a guest bathroom or powder room, where you get to be more creative because of the smaller size.

Pairing Versus Mix Match

Pairing Versus Mix & Match

Choosing the right faucet design can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re looking for in particular. Try to envision the shape of your sink, the edge of the countertop, the mirror directly above it (if installing in bathroom) and even consider the style of your door and lighting fixtures. You might think, it’s a bit odd to consider all those elements just to choose a faucet, but trust me, it’s all worth it in the end. Choosing a fixture that blends seamless with the rest of the room goes a long way. 

“Designers shoot for uniformity of finish,” says Peter LaBau, an architect in Charlottesville, VA.

The American colonial bathroom in the photo above pairs oil rubbed bronze fixtures with a silver mirror frame, orange accents, a tile countertop and a decorative tile backsplash. The different colors within the space blend wonderfully with the neutral walls and create a welcoming room.

If you decide to mix and match, just make sure that the items pair well and still achieve a purposeful design. Try not to have just one element different and have it stand out like an eye soar.

Sensual Appeal

Here is where you get to be really selective and choose finishes that appeal to your personal taste. Factor in things like whether you prefer a smooth versus shiny faucet design. If so, go towards chrome finishes. If you’re more concerned about adding texture to your design, incorporate an oil rubbed finish. If you’re like me and hate having to constantly wipe off water spots from your fixtures, then you might want to go with a matte finish.

In the mid-century modern bathroom above, chrome fixtures pair eloquently with gray countertops, orange accents, a white sink and gray walls. The owner added a personal touch with the checkered soap dispenser that adds character to the space.

Newer technology has allowed for bonding a finish to a standard brass faucet. By doing so, the faucet can resist tarnish, scratches and corrosion; this is known as PVD, physical vapor deposition. PVD allows the faucet to last longer and look brand new for years. When shopping for your fixtures, ask a professional to get more information and to get their recommendation on the best finish for your design.


Regardless of the faucet design you ultimately choose, go for quality and integrity of the faucet’s parts. Get fixtures that are durable to withstand years of use but can still fit within your price range.

What are some design elements that you look for before purchasing fixtures for your home? Let us know in the comments below.

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