Bathroom Fixtures Add Style and FunctionRemember the old chrome bathroom sink faucets with plastic handles? Fortunately, innovation and technology have vastly improved the selection of faucets. Faucets (also known as bathroom fixtures or mixing valves) have become the jewelry of the bathroom. They have gone from basic and boring to sophisticated, exciting and certainly more functional. Delivering water for our washing and bathing needs has never been more stylish.
Elegant faucets with designer finishes are no longer reserved for the rich and famous; you can find them in most any price range. Bathroom sink faucets are designed to complement any style from modern to traditional.
Bathroom Sink Fixtures
Faucets (sometimes called spigots) and faucet handles are usually installed as a matching set. Depending on your sink type, your faucet can be mounted to your sink unit, to your vanity top, or mounted on the wall. Bathroom sink faucets come in single and dual handles. The most compact faucet combines the handles and spout in one unit; widespread faucets separate the handles and spout. A vessel sink faucet is mounted on the wall or vanity top.
Faucets are being designed with Aging in Place and Universal Design in mind. Lever handles are easier for users of all ages to grasp and operate. Faucets that operate with the touch of your hand make turning on the sink with toothbrush in hand a snap.
Shower valves are installed behind your shower stall right into your water pipes and allow the user to turn the shower on and off, adjust the water temperature or even water pressure. Different shower valves allow for different measures of control. Shower faucets are available with thermostatic or pressure balancing features that set and or control the temperature of the water to reduce the possibility of scalding.
Shower heads can be either stationary (firmly mounted to the wall) or adjustable, such as a hand-held shower head with a hose, or a shower head track that allows you to adjust the height of the shower head. Many shower heads also come with luxury features like massage settings. Hand-held showers have become popular, giving the user a more flexible shower experience. We’ve designed many seated showers with a separate control for the hand-held shower, which gives the user the ability to control the shower while seated.
2013 Bathroom Fixture Trends:
Chrome and brass finishes are out; oil rubbed bronze and brushed nickel finishes are the rage. The Delta Faucet Company offers nine finishes: Brushed Nickel, Brushed Bronze, Chrome, Champagne Bronze, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Brass, Polished Nickel, Venetian Bronze, and Stainless.
Whichever fixtures you choose for your bathroom, there are some things to consider:
Many faucet manufacturers use a new high-tech finish call PVD or Physical Vapor Deposition. PVD can be used on any material from brass to plastic. This finish is practically indestructible and will not corrode, tarnish, or discolor. Even abrasive bathroom cleaners will not affect this finish. Not long ago, common bathroom cleaners could destroy a finish in a matter of months.
Interior designers know your guests will notice anything out of place and tend to favor uniformity of finishes. From faucets, and valves to door knobs and jams, light switches, and even electrical socket covers, the hardware you select will set a specific tone in your bathroom. What you don’t want is a design that sends the eye straight for the one thing that is different in your bathroom.
You can also create a unique style by blending your finishes with other items in the room. Mixing and matching finishes can work well as long as the elements help you achieve a purposeful design or accent. Otherwise, you may want to plan to stick with one solid finish for all of the hardware fixtures in the room.
Style and Texture
Not only do you want to select a finish that brings cohesion to your bathroom, but that is as pleasing to the eye as to your touch. A smooth chrome finish versus a textured matte, brushed or oil-rubbed finish can help you create a mood and a sensual aesthetic.
You may want to choose an oil-rubbed finish if you are trying to create an Tuscan or Old World look in your bathroom. The burnt textured tone gives it a rustic aesthetic that also works well in a cabin or cottage setting. Venetian bronze finishes also help add an agrestic look and feel to your bathroom.
If you can’t stand water spots, fixtures with matte finishes may be a good choice for you. Matte finishes hide water spots quite well, meaning you don’t have to constantly wipe down your bathroom fixtures after every use.
One could easily get confused with so many bathroom faucet options. But, the pros at Re-Bath of Wilmington can help. We know the best faucets on the market and which ones would complement your bathroom design. Let us help you choose the right fixtures for your bathroom remodel. No one knows bathroom faucets like Re-Bath.
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