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Fix Your Bathroom Fixtures

Jun 2019

We’ve talked big bathroom design solutions in previous posts. From sink material selection to storage solutions, I hope you’ve been able to make some impactful updates to your bathroom. But today, we’re zeroing in on one thing: your fixtures. Often overlooked, but uniformity across these pieces can make all the difference. Though seemingly unnecessary, creating consistency creates visual balance.

Take stock of the finishes on the following fixtures in your own bathroom:

  • Sink faucet
  • Towel rack
  • Showerhead
  • Toilet roll holder  
  • Drawer pulls
  • Door handles
  • Lighting fixtures

Seriously, get in there. How many different finishes did you find?

If you found more than one finish, continue reading…

Today we have countless finish options beyond the long-standing industry norm of polished chrome:

  • Brushed Chrome
  • Polished, Brushed, and Hammered Nickel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Bronze, Brushed, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze
  • Polished and Matte Black Ceramic
  • Pure White and Decorative Ceramic
  • Rose and Yellow Gold

…to name a few.

But how do you possibly pick which is best for your bathroom?

First, think about who will be using this bathroom.

If it’s an adult-only bathroom, opt for a polished finish. It’s elegant and eye-catching but requires constant upkeep to keep its shine. Let me rephrase: it’s fit for a responsible adults-only bathroom.

For a more kid-friendly alternative, go for a brushed finish. Brushed is better at hiding water spots and fingerprints. I guess it’s technically ideal for anyone who would rather not touch up a bathroom after every use.

Remember, this finish is going to be everywhere…so you’d better love it.

But where to begin?

I typically recommend centering your selection on the sink. Think about it: it’s visible when you walk in the room and is at the forefront of every get-ready routine.

If you want to keep your current sink and vanity, take note of any constraints; such as where can a faucet be installed:

  • Single-hole faucets are ideal for small bathrooms. The spout and handle come together in one simple unit.
  • Center-set faucets fit perfectly into standard three-hole sinks. You can choose to have two handles or one, depending on if you want to personalize the temperature with separate hot- and cold-handles or not.
  • Widespread mount faucets come with separate handles from the spout. The handles are typically 8 inches or more apart. If you like the look of a widespread faucet, but are stuck with standard holes, don’t worry! Look for “minispreads.”
  • Wall-mounted faucets offer the most standout look, for the most cost. But if your budget is high, this is the perfect way to highlight a freestanding or vessel type sink.

Pfister has a fantastic selection of each in a range of finishes. Browse through their online store here

Of course, if you’re looking to upgrade your showerhead, start there.

From single to multiple showerhead options and mounted to handheld sprayers, you deserve to make your shower the spa-like experience you want and the easy clean you need.

But really, you don’t have to start with your sink or shower. If there’s a vanity light you’re obsessing over, or a unique door handle you can’t live without, let that finish influence the rest of your fixtures.

Keep in mind, just because you like the look of a finish doesn’t mean it will pair nicely with your current cabinetry. If you’re going for a cooler finish but are stuck with warm wood cabinets, it might be time to upgrade. If you’re up for it, we love the wide range of options American Woodmark offers.

When you’re ready to create some consistency across your fixtures, stop by your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. Their expansive in-store collection will help you compare finishes, far better than online shopping. Snag the faucet and showerhead of your dreams, but don’t forget to pick up a towel rack, toilet roll holder, drawer pulls, door handles, and lighting fixtures to pair with your selected finish. This subtle change will create more of an impact than you may imagine – promise!


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