While considered a “polishing” touch, the plumbing fixtures you choose can dramatically change the mood and style of an entire room. It’s a simple way to make your home look more vintage or more modern. You can add elegance, class and personality to a kitchen or bathroom, based on the precise fixtures and finishes you select. People often say that looking through the various options we offer is one of their favorite aspects of visiting the Bill Beazley Design Center. Here are 5 tips to help you choose the right plumbing fixtures:
Work with what you have.
The kitchen faucet is, undoubtedly, the plumbing fixture in your home that will get the most use. It’s the workhorse of your kitchen, as well as focal point. There are several things to consider right away when selecting a new kitchen faucet. If you are working with an existing sink/counter-top, you’ll be limited by the number of holes in your sink or counter-top. Kitchen faucets start at one hole versions and go up to four (or even five) holes. Keep in mind that you can usually select a faucet that needs fewer holes than you have to work with and cover the leftovers with a trim piece called an escutcheon.
Do you want a built-in sprayer or a side sprayer? Do you love bridge faucets or want a sleek single stem faucet? Do you want to add a matching soap dispenser? Do you want a single lever operation or would you prefer two handles? Do you want instant hot water to come to the tap, or temperature control to protect your young ones? Does energy efficiency matter to you? These are all questions to consider when determining how you’ll use your plumbing fixture.
Choose a sink style and material.
Sinks come in a wide variety of styles from economical drop-in sinks and easy-to-clean under-mount sinks, to expensive vessel sinks and freestanding pedestal sinks that look great in small bathrooms. Integral sinks, where the sink and countertop are one piece, are popular as well.
Most people opt for vitreous china in the bathroom because it’s very affordable and easy to maintain. However, you will see a lot of stainless steel, copper and glass bowl sinks in contemporary homes nowadays. Cultured marble remains a popular choice, although it can be scratched.
Make the faucet the focal point.
Think of the faucet as a piece of art. You may want to go conservative on the sink and splurge a little more for the faucetry, since that is really the focal point of the whole bath.
Types of faucets include:
Wide-spread faucets – with separate hot and cold handles.
Two handle centerset – with spouts and handles combined on a single base.
Single set – a centerset with a spout and single mixing handle in one.
Wall mounted – an easy-to-clean choice for freestanding and above-counter basins.
Choose a finish.
The style of your bathroom or kitchen will determine which type of finish you choose. For instance, oil-rubbed bronze is a popular choice for Traditional rooms, while Contemporary spaces may look better with polished nickel. Brushed matte nickel works well if you are worried about fingerprints or water-spots appearing. Brass is a popular finish for that antique aesthetic, while pewter works equally well for vintage or modern. Chrome is the least expensive finish if you are on a strict budget.
Stop by the Bill Beazley Design Center to see different options to to customize and show off your design perspective.