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Choosing the perfect Bathroom Faucet

Author: Chris Zhao

When you`re planning a bathroom remodel or designing a bathroom from scratch, one of the first decisions you`ll have to make involves your fixtures. Fixtures, especially faucets, accent your main room design and provide a specific function in your bathroom. The faucet you pick should fit in with the rest of your overall design for the room.

Traditional bathroom designs in the United States revolved around knobbed or swivel faucets. If you`re looking for a more unique or classic design, consider European-style faucets for your bathroom. European faucets come in a variety of styles and finishes for you to choose from, including vintage-styled pieces.

First, you`ll need to determine what type of sinkholes you have if you`re not replacing the sink. Your new faucet needs to fit into the existing holes on your sink. Measure the distance between your sinkholes so you know what type of faucet your sink can accommodate without refitting.

A single-hole faucet fits into a sole sinkhole. However, you will have a plate underneath or over your sink covering additional holes, as this was a feature on some retrofitted sinks.

A center-set faucet will fit a three-hole sink. These types of faucets have two handles mounted on a plate or a single lever. The center-set faucet is one of the most common types you`ll see while you`re shopping.

Widespread mount faucets come in three separate pieces. You`ll see two handles and the faucet sprout. The usual distance between the two handles is around eight inches and you`ll find these faucets to be larger than the other types available in most cases. Minispread mounts are available to accommodate sinks with holes drilled four inches apart.

Wall mount faucets are newer to the market and require more installation work. Your sink must be freestanding or of a vessel design to accommodate a wall-mounted faucet, as the sprouts have to extend well past the bowl to avoid spillage.

Once you`ve selected a faucet style, you`ll need to pick a finish. Stainless steel is quite common, but if you`re designing a European style bathroom or want more of a vintage look, you should consider finishes that aren`t quite as bright and modern in appearance.

Vintage brass faucets give the appearance of antiquated brass without the drawbacks. These faucets are designed for durability and long-lasting color. Vintage brass finishes work well in darker bathrooms or bathrooms with a brown or beige color scheme.

Vintage nickel faucets are silver-toned but not as mirrored in appearance as stainless steel faucets. Satin nickel is a little duller than traditional nickel and polished nickel has a distinctive gleam to it.

Another vintage finish option is oil-rubbed bronze. The oil-rubbed bronze finish gives the metal a dark appearance and can set off a bright bathroom color scheme.

When you`re installing your new faucet, make sure you`re careful with the hardware bits. You need all the screws and pieces to install the faucet properly. If you lose a piece, try a hardware outlet, such as Ironmongery Direct, to find a matching replacement.