Guide to lavatory faucets
Whether you've created a contemporary bathroom, opted for an older Victorian style or decided on an art deco or vintage look, there are bathroom faucets out there that reflect your choice. Unify and complete your vision by choosing bathtub faucets, shower faucets and, possibly, bidet faucets specifically designed to match your bathroom's look.
Modern Bathroom Faucets
Contemporary lavatory faucets tend to favor sleek, slender designs and stainless steel finishes. They have very few embellishments, which is a kind of stylistic statement in itself. Some of the bolder modern bathroom faucets incorporate glass or crystal elements into the stainless steel, which can have an especially striking effect when they're hit with sunlight coming into the room through skylights or other windows.
While hands-free faucets are typically seen in public washrooms, where the spread of germs is a major concern, they are available for the home as well. Another type of uniquely modern faucet has a waterfall effect when the taps are turned on; this makes a nice touch if you've chosen to decorate your bathroom with colors, tones and textures suggestive of water. These are available both as sink faucets and tub faucets.
Retro Bathroom Faucets
If you want to send your bathroom's look back in time, you can get antique or retro bathroom faucets. Antique faucets are genuinely old (and have been refurbished for functionality), while retro faucets have been recently manufactured, but in an older style; the first option is more authentic, but the second is more reliable. Older faucet styles don't necessarily have stainless steel or silver finishes. Chrome and brass polishes were frequently seen in the houses of decades past, and these styles can certainly give your bathroom a unique look.
One feature of retro faucets that is rarely seen in contemporary styles is separate taps for hot and cold water. Separate taps can easily be incorporated in both sinks and bathtubs if you decide to go this route.
Once your plumbing is in place, faucets are fairly easy to install. If you want to give your bathroom a makeover while maintaining its original plumbing, swapping out your old faucets for new ones is likely a job you can handle without the expense of a professional.