While we use them numerous times everyday, faucets usually don’t get thought about too much. Yet they are very visible elements in rooms in our homes and businesses and are just as much a reflection of a person’s taste and style as our furnishings are. Additionally they enhance a space while providing comfort. And if you are a spa lover, there are some faucet options designed specifically for the home.
Luckily today we have numerous styles and designs to choose from that are not just static pieces but dynamic ones. When choosing a faucet keep in mind that it should fit the overall bathroom aesthetic and look. You can mix traditional and nontraditional elements to create your own look. An example is having your cabinetry finished with an old world finish but selecting a contemporary style faucet.
Single hole faucets are popular because they take up less counter space then having 2 separate handles which is especially important in small bathrooms. They also offer a seamless look that appears uncluttered. If you are looking for a faucet with a twist then Lacava’s Spiro Faucet would be one to consider. The faucet resembles a ribbon with a twisted arch in it and is available with a one and two knob handle. If you prefer a softer looking contemporary faucet without the twist, then California Faucets Solimar is worth looking at. It has a bold rectangular spout tower over 2 widespread shorter handles. THG’s Pure Collection also has separate hot and cold water handle options.
If you are looking for traditional elements in your bathroom, then look to Rohl’s Jorger Collection of bath faucets. Aphrodite faucets not only have a classical name but are based on columns found in ancient Greek architecture
Delta has introduced Touch2O technology to some home faucets which provides hands-free operation for lavatories once a hand is within about 4 inches. If you are seeking to conserve water, then Moen’s Voss bath faucets will meet the WaterSense criteria with their 1.5gpm flow.
Chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze still dominate the field of finish choices. However to meet the demand for uniqueness, some manufacturers are adding pewter, gold and copper along with whimsical colors to their finish choices.
Both current and upcoming legislation states the acceptable amount of lead content in not only pipes but in fixtures that convey drinking water. This will be influencing material choices for plumbing fixtures more and more as we move forward. And if you appreciate bathroom fixtures that are antibacterial, then copper is what you should select.
We are a technology savvy society today. Expect to see manufactures begin introducing digital technology in bathroom products. It is already available in Europe which is typically 3 years ahead of us in new design trends.
Teal Michel ASID, is a licensed full-service interior design firm specializing in residential interior design and renovation-remodeling design throughout the Carolinas. Teal has won awards from ASID for interior spaces and furniture design and from the Home Builder’s Association of Charlotte Excellence in Remodeling for remodel design and interior renovation. She has participated in HGTV’s “Designer’s Challenge” and her work has been featured in several books. www.tealmichelasid.com.