The finish on a faucet is also part of its style. There are a lot of options, such as nickel, chrome, brass, bronze, and stainless steel. Many of them come in both light and dark colors, as well as polished and brushed (also called smooth) finishes. Think about these things to find the right tone for your bathroom.
MIXING, NOT MATCHING, IS IN.
Putting an old finish on a classic tap in a traditional bathroom looks more out of date than it does now. Don’t feel like you have to follow any so-called rules of design. It’s your place. Delta Faucet’s head of industrial design, Judd Lord, says that putting old-world finishes on modern faucet shapes is a big trend. One modern Delta Faucet faucet, the Trinsic, has a Venetian Bronze finish that combines coolness and warmth.
YOU CAN USE MORE THAN ONE FINISH IN THE SAME BATH.
Using more than one finish can add depth and contrast, but don’t go overboard. Having everything go together is important for this look. Lord says, “One way to do that is to pick finishes that are all polished or all brushed.” “Champagne Bronze, which also has a brushed finish, looks good with brushed nickel.” Or stay with the same music group. You could choose an inky Venetian Bronze finish for your bathroom faucet if you already have an oil-rubbed bronze light fixture. This type of bronze has a dark, worn look with bits of bronze showing through.
NEUTRALS LIKE CHROME, NICKEL AND STAINLESS LOOK GOOD ON ANYTHING.
They’re like the classic white shirt of the bathroom—elegant without being flashy, and they’re easy to pair with other bathroom decorations like towel rings and door pulls. Chrome that shines is the most popular bath finish, and it doesn’t cost much. Nickel has a warmer sound and a more prestigious history. Stainless steel is still the most popular metal for kitchens, and it also looks nice in the bathroom.
BRUSHED METALS ARE FORGIVING OF FINGERPRINTS.
If you want something that is easy to clean, choose a brushed finish. The softer surface will hide fingerprints and water spots. Lord also says that it can show off the features of a bathroom faucet better than a polished finish because it doesn’t reflect light as much.
GOLD IS THE NEW BRASS.
The new brasses are nothing like the brightly polished metals in Grandma’s house. These days’ brasses are warmer and have gold tints, like Champagne Bronze, instead of the traditional green ones. Gold looks great on vintage furniture, but it also looks great on modern bathroom taps and fixtures. A trendy look is a bathroom that is all white with stylish gold touches.