Stefania Morice. Sinks and Faucets. May 26th , 2017.
Faucet finish is an important design element that once was overlooked. But new technology and the public‘s widespread appreciation for the overall look in the kitchen and bath have made the faucet an important feature. Any sink in the house becomes another opportunity to introduce a new design element.
But for aesthetics? "The trend is to customize" Judd says. Special finishes, such as brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze, outsell chrome by a wide margin — especially for remodels and do-it-yourself projects, where people typically spend between $100 and $300 on faucets.
There are many kitchen sink materials to choose from, including stainless-steel, enameled cast iron, fireclay, quartz silicate and solid surface. A high-quality, 18-gauge stainless-steel sink will take a lot of abuse. Enameled cast iron has endless options for shiny colors. Solid surface or quartz silicate is better at resisting scratches. Solid fireclay is just as durable, but limited in regard to color choices.
"For something you touch several times a day, why not pick a finish for your faucet that will make you feel good? People will notice if you put in an unimpressive faucet," says Peter LaBau, a Charlottesville, Va.-based architect whose book The New Bungalow Kitchen, from Taunton Press, offers great ideas for quality kitchen design. Peter just remodeled his own master bath, for which his finish of choice was nickel. "I‘m a big fan," he says. When bonded to brass, nickel plating reveals a golden luster that standard chrome plating does not.
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