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Kitchen Faucet Finishes, Kitchen Faucet Types
Whether you have a broken faucet that needs replacing or you’ve decided that it’s time for an upgrade to improve your kitchen’s appearance, it’s a good idea to carefully examine your options so you can make a well-informed decision. Of course, the design team you work with can provide insight into selecting the perfect faucets during a remodelling project.
Before you get together with your design experts, you can take a moment to become familiar with what’s available today. To help you with the decision-making process, we’ve compiled a comprehensive look at kitchen faucet types and styles:
Kitchen Faucet Types:
Faucets also come in numerous types, including gooseneck, high and low arc, wall mount, and bridge. “Touchless” faucets introduce sensor technology, giving you another option to consider. Let’s take a quick look at each to help you select the one best suited for your kitchen look and needs.
High arc or Gooseneck faucets are designed as their name suggests, with thin and tall stems that are sleek and elegant. Metallic finishes accentuate their brilliance, and their dimensions leave plenty of room in the sink and make pot-filling a breeze. A popular choice among Lafayette homeowners is high arc pull-down faucets.
Low arc faucets are available in various designs and arrangements. Choose stem height and finish based on your usage and aesthetic needs, great choices that offer an ideal balance between form and function. Many also come with a pull-out sprayer.
Wall mount faucets are not super standard, but they give home kitchens an interesting commercial look and feel when used tastefully. Completely freeing-up the sink area has its numerous benefits.
Bridge faucets are distinctive designs where the hot and cold handles, levers, and controls are physically connected to the main faucet stem, literally creating a “bridge”. The look is traditional and not for everyone, but it can powerfully complement similar design features throughout the kitchen when appropriate.
Touchless faucets now seem like the rage, adding high tech to any design and finish you choose. They might not be worth all the hype, but they offer convenient features that free your hands from doing other tasks. Thanks to a movement sensor, a simple hand wave turns these faucets on or off.
Kitchen Faucet Finishes: What is The Most Popular Finish for Kitchen Faucets?
Once you’ve got a good idea of what type of kitchen faucet to install, the next step is to select a finish. Kitchen faucets serve a utilitarian purpose, but they can still look good while you use them.
You have several finishes to consider, including brass, bronze, chrome, nickel, stainless steel, matt black, and ombre’s newest exotic finish.
Brass faucets will bring a traditional look and feel to your home. They can pair nicely with white kitchen finishes to add warmth and work equally with a modern-looking kitchen sink. Matte or brushed brass fixtures are pretty versatile and appealing. The “Champagne Bronze” listed in the picture above is Delta’s version of the brushed brass finish.
Bronze that is treated by rubbing it with oil gives the metal a darker look. Oil-rubbed bronze is one of your pricier options, but you can’t beat it for the traditional look it provides, giving your kitchen a bold and classic appearance. The “Venetian Bronze” listed in the picture above is Delta’s version of the oil-rubbed bronze finish.
Chrome is one of the original finishes for plumbing fixtures, giving them a very classic look. Chrome is durable, easy to maintain, and great for minimalist kitchens. With a bold, shiny finish, chrome faucets are favored by many home renovators. Look for quality chrome, which resists tarnishing while being long-lasting and easy on your budget.
Nickel faucets are available in various finishes, including brushed and polished. Brushed nickel is a slightly warmer version of stainless steel, and polished nickel is a slightly warmer chrome version. Brushed nickel is also becoming the “new chrome” and is frequently used in all kitchen styles. Some manufacturers have even engineered this finish to offer a “Spot Resistant Brushed Nickel”. Also known as pewter, brushed nickel works nicely to bring soft tones and warmth. Remember that the beauty of nickel faucets requires some maintenance. Periodic polishing of nickel faucets keeps them looking beautiful. When weighing your options, brushed nickel resists tarnishing better than polished, so keep that in mind.
Whether you have a broken tap to replace or decided it was time for an upgrade to improve the look of your kitchen, it’s a good idea to scrutinise your options so you can make an informed decision.
Stainless steel is ideal for kitchen faucets thanks to the finish being easy to clean and maintain — especially useful when you have young kids since it possesses antimicrobial properties. Shiny like chrome, stainless steel is more expensive but gives your kitchen a more sophisticated look. So, for a more luxurious-looking kitchen with sturdy, enduring faucets, stainless steel may be your preferred option.
Matte Black is a newer finish that has gained popularity in more modern and contemporary kitchens. In striking contrast to the metallic finishes, matte black is sleek and minimalist. The simplicity and purity of the aesthetic contrast well with nearly any kitchen style, making it very versatile and appealing.
Ombre is a new finish for kitchen faucets developed by Kohler. Taking its name from the French word for “shadow” or “shade,” ombre melds two vibrant metal finishes to create an exciting transition from light to dark. Ombre currently comes in two variations: vibrant rose gold and polished nickel. [Learn More]