While shiny chrome may still be the industry standard, specialty finishes such as brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze are rapidly rising in popularity. Here are some tips for finding the perfect finish for your kitchen.
Why not finish first?
Most major faucet manufacturers offer their entire line in a wide range of finishes, so there’s no need to compromise. Determining your ideal faucet finish ahead of time helps you focus on each product’s individual design features.
Use your fingers
How a finish feels is just as important as how it looks. Head to the showroom and take a hands-on (quite literally) approach to determining which finish feels right to your fingertips.
Think wear and tear
Some finishes are more durable than others. Familiarize yourself with the maintenance requirements for each type of finish and choose one that looks good, feels good and is built for the type of usage you expect.
Match the countertop
When matching your faucet finish to your countertop, style is more relevant than color. Think about your overall design theme—country rustic? industrial? chic modern? old-fashioned?—and choose a finish to match.
Vintage: polished brass
Classy, upscale: satin brass
Traditional: oil-rubbed bronze
Farmhouse or Tuscan: copper
Mediterranean: satin bronze
Modern and chic: smooth chrome
Modern and eclectic: matte black
Country modern: white
Don’t be afraid to ask. A reputable plumbing supply store will know which fauceet finishes work best with each kitchen style.
To the paint store
When splashing your kitchen with bold, bright colors, stick with finishes that are more contemporary than traditional. The more futuristic your color choices, the shinier the finish should be.
Black matte fixtures work exceptionally well with vibrant greens or bright yellows. Oil-rubbed finishes get along better with a subtler palette. For copper, consider adorning at least part of the room with wallpaper.
The wild card
When you just can’t decide, you can fall back on the finish that matches with just about any color palette or theme – polished nickel.
Polished nickel easily blends in wherever it lands. Polished nickel is an excellent choice when you’d like your fixtures to fade into the background and divert visitors’ eyes to alternative design elements.