If you make your faucet the center of design, you should choose a long-lasting finish that will look new for years to come. Pull in all together with matching lighting trim, towel racks and showerheads.

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Q: We plan to remodel our bathroom next year and I want the faucets to be a big part of the design. To start things off, can you please give me some “faucet finish” information?

A: With all the beautiful finishes available today, many bathrooms feature the faucet(s) as a main point of attraction. But a faucet is also a working plumbing fixture, and you need to balance beauty with durability.

Keep in mind that if you make your faucet the center of design, you should choose a long-lasting finish that will look new for years to come. Look for a scratch- and tarnish-resistant finish that’s bonded to the faucet on a molecular level. Popular faucet finishes include polished chrome or brass, brushed nickel or stainless steel, and oil-rubbed bronze for those who prefer a vintage look.

Finally, if you choose matching lighting trim, towel racks and showerheads to create a “suite” look, you’ll end up with a very sweet-looking bathroom indeed.

 

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.