I’m actually afraid to write this post because I know y’all will post all kinds of links to faucets that I love that might be even better and I just placed my order this week, I just haven’t had time to write this post sooner.
As many of you know, I am renovating all three of my bathrooms this summer. The master (which I’m calling ‘my’ bathroom, the main bathroom (Terreeia’s) and the powder room. The tile and plumbing fixtures have all been ordered.
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that my tile is mostly white with a hit of black which is in Terreeia’s bathroom only. She loves black and white.
When I started shopping for faucets in ernest, I was once again dismayed the number of ugly faucets out there.
It’s the same with lighting. The reason why there is so much ugly lighting installed in homes today, is because there are so many bad light fixtures available on the market.
It took me years to get good at sourcing lighting. At the very end of my Specify Colour with Confidence events, if there’s time, I have a power point presentation with the headline “10 lessons I learned in 15 years of decorating”.
I show photos of some of the very first rooms I decorated. As Terreeia likes to say “Every master was once a disaster”.
The first chandelier I chose for one of my first decorating clients, they hated, and quickly replaced with a different one. The next time I arrived, there was a totally different chandelier hanging in their dining room.
So one of the lessons I learned was ‘How to source lighting’. I actually show a slide with a photo of a dining room where you can still see the hole in the ceiling where the chandelier should be. AND it’s an after picture. I was hoping my client wouldn’t notice that I had not selected a dining room chandelier for him because I was scared the same thing would happen as with my previous client, haha.
Anyway, back to faucets.
I’ll show you the one I chose at the end of this post, but 6 years ago when my Mom built her carriage house and I helped her select finishes and faucets, in the end, after everything was installed, we liked the powder room faucet much more than the one we chose for her master ensuite, so I used that same lesson when selecting my faucets this time.
Plus, I couldn’t find another one I liked more that wasn’t crazy expensive, so I just chose the same one for both bathrooms. It will also provide continuity in both bathrooms.
I’m grateful that I can bite the bullet and renovate all three bathrooms at the same time (I certainly don’t want to go through this again next year) however many homeowners often renovate one bathroom at a time and you’ll often notice, when house hunting, that each bathroom looks like it was renovated in a different era.
For example, one might be brown, because that was the tuscan trend, and then a few years later, it’s grey because now the grey trend is here. Now you’ve moved in and maybe the previous homeowners had one bathroom left that is still from the 80’s and now that black is the new grey, you decide to introduce black tile in the last bathroom. Are you getting the picture?
Well, it certainly validates my argument for why all bathrooms should be white or cream, period.
I always notice faucets in hotels because we travel so often. It is extremely rare that I like them.
There is an overabundance of high profile faucets on the market, but I prefer a lower profile.
I have also seen many high profile faucets combined with sinks that are too small. So the water hits the front side of the sink, which highlights that the sink is too small for that style of faucet.
I don’t like modern or contemporary faucets. Nothing wrong with them, I simply prefer the more traditional look of a low profile faucet that you would expect to find in a vintage bathroom with hex tile floors and subway tile walls.
Okay so here are some of the low profile (or low arc) faucets I considered:
I loved the cross handles and low profile this one (above) but was told that the parts came from China and were not the best quality. So I kept looking.
I also really like this Kohler faucet (above) but I already installed it in a client’s home last year (that reveal still to come) and thought I should be a little more original than just choosing the exact same faucet for my bathrooms.
I also liked this Waterworks Faucet but not more than the one I chose in the end (below).
I’m getting this style with the cross handles but without the pinstripe option (shown above).
Chrome for my bathroom and polished nickel for Terreeia’s bathroom. I plan to introduce gold in the framed mirror, wall lighting scones and the vanity hardware. Terreeia’s bathroom will be all polished nickel.
So there it is. The end of my faucet search. I chose an entirely different faucet for my powder room but that will be another post for another day. My powder room is right beside my laundry room so I want it to be a place where I can cut flowers and fill vases from the garden. It will definitely have a high profile faucet.
All of these faucets are expensive. If you have a low profile or low arc faucet that you love, please post the link in the comments below!
Thank you in advance for your comments. They will make this post a really great resource for my readers who love to research thoroughly before making a decision. Unfortunately, I am not that person, I make decisions much faster and live with the consequences, thankfully, my good taste helps in that department, haha.
I’m getting excited. . . I have never had a new bathroom in all my 50 years!
PS. My 50 Gifts for turning 50 giveaway continues, go here to enter. The winner will be announced July 1.