Did you know faucet manufacturers in the US serve a $5 billion market? Considering that faucets are one of the most used features in your home, that should be no wonder.
If you’re in the market for a new faucet, you’re probably wondering about faucet design. The type of metal, finish, and where you want to mount it all factor into designing your dream faucet.
Sound like a headache? You aren’t alone, and that’s why we created this guide on how to choose a faucet for your home redesign. Keep reading for everything you need to know!
How to Choose a Faucet Design
Faucet design hinges on three important elements: the design style, the metal, and the finish.
The design style should be consistent with the rest of your home interior. Finishes and metals can match the rest of the home, but they don’t have to. Mismatched finishes and metals within the same bathroom or kitchen are even trendy right now!
Here are the top faucet styles, metals, and finishes you should consider for your new faucet.
Think you won’t have much to choose from when you start designing your new faucet? Think again because there are just as many styles of faucets as there are styles of home decor, including:
- Transitional faucet designs
- Modern faucet designs
- Traditional faucet designs
Transitional style incorporates the elegance of traditional design elements with a contemporary twist. That means a transitional-style faucet will be both timeless and sleek.
A modern design style is all about clean, crisp lines. Modern faucets are the best option if you’re looking for simplicity over bells and whistles.
Traditional style incorporates a ton of different design ideas into one. Antique finishes, warm metals, and bold choices come to mind when thinking of traditional-style faucets.
These days, manufacturers make faucets in as many metals as there are on the periodic table! When you’re choosing a new faucet, you can pick from chrome, stainless steel, brass, gold, nickel, and so many more metals.
Brushed nickel, polished chrome, and stainless steel tend to be standard for home design. But new finishes like the trendy satin black faucet finish are gaining traction with homeowners.
Once you’ve picked the perfect faucet metal, you need to decide on a finish. For example, if you choose nickel, you can get your faucet in brushed nickel, polished nickel, hammered nickel, or even oil-rubbed nickel.
The best advice for choosing a finish is to consider traffic and use. Polished and oil-rubbed finishes require a lot of upkeep to have them looking like new. Meanwhile, brushed and hammered finishes are perfect for hiding kids’ sticky fingerprints and water build-up.
How to Choose a Faucet Mount
Faucet mounts may not be the most exciting part of the design process, but it is important. The different types of faucets and their mounts utilize various valves and washers to function. They also require more or less labor, which translates to cost.
Keep reading for the six most common home faucet mounts.
Single-hole faucets only require tradesmen to drill one hole. That’s because the sprayer and the handle come integrated with the faucet.
A double-hole faucet requires two holes. The first hole is for the faucet itself, which likely comes with an integrated handle. The second hole is for the side sprayer.
Three-hole faucets are probably the most common. These faucets feature one hole for the faucet itself and two more for the double handles.
A four-hole faucet has it all. The tradesman drills a hole for the faucet and three more for the double handles and the side sprayer. These faucets take up quite a bit of space and are typically reserved for larger sinks.
Wall-mounted sinks are a more modern type of faucet design. They leave plenty of space between the sink and the water source, which is especially ideal for kitchens.
As the name suggests, wall-mounted sinks are installed in the wall behind the sink.
Did your previous sink require four holes while your new sink only needs three? That’s an easy fix when you use a deck plate. Deck plate mounts are ideal for covering extra holes during a kitchen remodel.
Choosing Faucet Handles, Spouts, and Sprayers
Final considerations for your new faucet include picking out the handle(s), spout, and sprayer. Below, we’ve outlined the standard types of sprayers, spouts, and handles for your review. Check it out!
Single-handled faucets have only one handle that works for both hot and cold water. These handles typically come integrated with the faucet. This means single handles save space and are minimalist in design.
Double-handled faucets have two handles. One handle is for hot water and the other is for cold water. You usually need to have a deck plate or countertop-style faucet for double handles to work.
Standard spouts are called standard for a reason — these are the types of faucet spouts you’ll find in most homes. These spouts are usually 3–5 inches higher than the counter, whether you have a wall-mounted or countertop-style faucet.
High Arc Spouts
As the name suggests, high arc spouts give you a bit more room between the sink and the faucet. These spouts are usually 8–10 inches taller than the countertop.
Side sprayers are mounted on the countertop beside the faucet itself. As such, installing these faucet sprayers requires an extra hole.
Pull-down sprayers come with the faucet. You won’t need an extra hole. But you may have to pay for the convenience in the form of a higher price tag for this type of faucet sprayer.
Ready to Design Your Dream Faucet?
Now that you’re equipped with these faucet design ideas, are you ready to customize the sink of your dreams? What are you waiting for? Keep scrolling for more tips to help you get started on your faucet re-design right now!