Remember when your bathroom and kitchen plumbing fixtures used to come in a few styles, and the options were limited to 2 or 3 metals and colors? Today, plumbing fixtures come in varying metals, faucet types, and control options. There is a style to match your decor, and your family’s lifestyle. From faucets that turn on with a slight touch, to fixtures that cascade water out in a waterfall, there are ones that are perfect for your home. Here are tips to choose plumbing fixtures that will enhance your sink, tub or shower area, and be a joy to use every day!
Decide what decor style fits your home: Whether your kitchen/bath is traditional or ultra modern, your plumbing fixtures should take cues from the decor. For rooms that have ornamentation, and traditional lines consider using fixtures which have similar details. For minimalist detailing choose simple and clean lines in your fixtures. Strong horizontals and chrome or nickel metals are synonymous with modern styling.
Take cues from your sink/bathtub: Before you decide on fixtures, take a look at your sink or bathtub. Do you have a country style farmhouse kitchen sink or a luxurious garden bathtub? Many plumbing fixture manufacturers group their products into designer lines that will help you pair up fixture with your current sink, bath or shower. Use pre-matched inspiration ideas to show you what plumbing fixtures would look best in your space.
Assess your family lifestyle: Every home has different wear and tear based on its family members and where the fixture is located. Most kitchen faucets receive more use than a tub or shower fixture. If you have a lot of dirty hands that will constantly be touching the kitchen faucet, consider getting one with hands free or one touch controls. If your home is going to be the subject of a lot of entertaining than opting for a wow factor fixture with high polished metal or a dramatic silhouette may be perfect for your space.
Know your budget: Plumbing fixtures are one part of home improvements that you don’t think about until you have to. Shop around for prices and inspiration ideas before you need to choose. This will help you not buy on raw emotion, which can often times be costly! If you are on a tight budget, see if there are wholesale plumbing fixture dealers or warehouses in your area. Often times these resources will sell designer or manufacturer fixtures that are discontinued or have slight imperfections. Search online for resources in your area.