Thanks to new technology and an increased appreciation for practical design, the faucet has become an integral part of a kitchen and bath's décor. Now any sink in your home offers you the opportunity to introduce a new and unique design element. Whether it's a prep sink, dual bathroom sinks, wet bar, powder room or main kitchen, there is a wide range of styles and finishes to choose from.
Today consumers can choose from a brass, copper, chrome, nickel, gold-plated, oil-rubbed metals, matte or shiny finish in all price ranges. When it comes to aesthetics the big trend is to customize the look of a faucet by using special finishes such as brushed-nickel and oil-rubbed bronze. Since a faucet is something you touch and use quite frequently each day, why not pick a finish that makes you feel good. An unimpressive and inadequate faucet will quickly disappoint you, so when building your home spend the extra money to buy a product that will outlast, shine and outperform a basic chrome faucet.
Aside from the finish, you'll also need to consider the style and design of your new faucet. If you're looking for an Old World or rustic look, you'll want to consider an oil-rubbed finish. For a richer, more elegant look nickel adds a nice touch to your bathroom or kitchen design.
Aside from the shape and finish of the faucet, be sure to take into consideration the shape of your sink, look and color of your countertop, light fixtures and cabinetry to ensure that your faucet's finish complements the entire room, especially in your bathroom. Most homeowners and designers recommend choosing a suite of finishes for your bathroom fixtures. Almost every faucet manufacturer offers a wide range of collections for the bath and kitchen.
While it is hard to put a finger on one overriding trend in faucets, there are several developments in design and functionality that are growing in popularity. Here are some popular trends: