Bathroom Faucet Ideas with More Than a Splash of Style

Bathroom Faucet Ideas with More Than a Splash of Style

Bathroom Remodeling
Decoration and Design
By Alex Mikayelyan November 09, 2021

Many of us start and finish our day using the faucet. It is such a crucial part of our daily routine yet we tend to overlook its importance. As small of a detail as it may be when compared to the bigger bathroom fixtures and design elements, it has a huge impact on the way our bathrooms look and function.

Even a small detail like the type of faucet you are using can have a major impact on the interior of your bathroom. By overlooking or not putting much thought into the kind of faucet you want to install, you might miss out on one of the most attractive features in your bathroom. Luckily, there are plenty of faucets for you to choose from, each with its own practical and stylistic advantages.

The Practical Single Handle

Why Single Handle Faucets Are So Popular

Why Single Handle Faucets Are So Popular

Let’s start things off on the practical side. While style is always important to consider when picking anything that has to do with interior design, it is very important to first and foremost understand what you need from your faucet. The very practical single-handle faucet excels at being just that: practical.

Single-handle faucets are simple to install even if you do not have much experience in plumbing. They also come in a variety of styles and can last for a very long time. These advantages make the single handle one of the most popular faucets on the market. But don’t let this fool you into thinking that single-handle faucets are somehow boring or kitsch. There are some very unique designs you can choose from to match the interior of your bathroom.

3 Hole (Center) Faucet Set

Make Your Faucet a Centerpiece

Make Your Faucet a Centerpiece

It may be harder to install than a single-hole bathroom faucet and it is also slightly more difficult to maintain, but the 3 holes or center faucet set is an absolute delight. The 3 hole name refers to the 3 holes which are made into the sink to fit the faucet and its two separate handles. This may seem like a purely stylistic choice, but there is an advantage to having separate handles over one main one. If one of them breaks, the other will still function and you will be able to use the faucet even with one malfunctioning tap.

But for the most part, these types of faucets are chosen as they have a very unique appearance. The separate faucet and taps are a small touch but work very well with other bathroom features, such as bright marble sinks. It is not uncommon to find this style in a large number of interior designs, but you will mostly find it in neoclassic, victorian, and Mediterranean bathrooms.

Scandinavian Wall-Mounted Faucet

Wall Mounted Faucet for a More Ergonomic Design

Wall Mounted Faucet for a More Ergonomic Design

If you are working with limited vanity space and don’t have enough room for the kind of faucet you wish to install, you can make use of vertical space on the wall with a wall-mounted faucet. While this is typically done with the shower or bath faucet, nothing is stopping you from having a wall-mounted faucet for your sink. Interior aesthetics like the Scandinavian, boho, and coastal style will most commonly feature a wall-mounted faucet. However, it can also be used in more rustic or traditional interiors as well.

One downside to the wall-mounted faucet is how it is harder to put together and will require a plumber and possibly even a general contractor to come in and make the necessary installations into the wall. But the advantage of having it be installed into the wall is that it is harder to damage than faucets which jut out into the air. Since most of its piping is firmly installed into the wall there is a smaller chance of it getting damaged. This does not mean the fixture is completely unbreakable, but it is a lot sturdier than many other types of faucets.

Sleek and Curvy Center Set

Sleek Faucet for a Modern Bathroom Interior

Sleek Faucet for a Modern Bathroom Interior

Simple geometric shapes are a staple of contemporary interior design. But this design element is not only limited to larger interior features, such as furniture or room layout. Even small details like the bathroom sink faucets can inherit this design element to create a sleek, modern bathroom.

For a more contemporary design, you can use a polished or reflective metal curved faucet. These may not be that complex in design, but they are exactly what you want for this reason. Simple, yet stylish and practical is what modern interiors are all about and these faucets are a perfect choice for this very interior. If you have rounded shapes in your bathroom, these curved faucets are a perfect choice.

Vintage Two-Tap Faucet

Old is Often Gold

Old is Often Gold

Back when plumbing technology was more basic it was more difficult to control the flow of hot and cold water. This is why many old bathrooms featured two separate bathroom taps which allowed you to control the temperatures separately. We have long since been able to control hot and cold water using a single handle, but the two-tap faucet is a niche that continues to live on. You will mostly find the two-tap faucet in neoclassical and Victorian bathroom interiors, though some avantgarde interior designers have adopted it into the contemporary design as well.

Having two taps means that you will need more surface area in the sink. If your sink space is limited then installing a two-tap faucet is not recommended. As a result of the limited space, the water might spill out of the sink, especially with the two currents going against each other. But if you have a big enough sink that can handle two streams of water simultaneously, consider trying out this setup. It is just a little out of the ordinary and that is exactly why some people love it.

A Classy Polished Brass Finish

Lavish and Classy Polished Faucets for Poche Interiors

Lavish and Classy Polished Faucets for Poche Interiors

Brass is a very popular finish for faucets. It has a slightly muted shine which works very well with most interiors. Metallic and gold-finished faucets can be very gorgeous in their own right, but they are sometimes too bright and can get distracting. Polished brass has a more subtle glow, one that does not distract from other elements in the room.

Polished brass pairs great with light-colored wood, stone, marble, or ceramic surfaces. You can successfully incorporate it into many interiors, but neoclassical is the way to go. The muted glow creates a more moody atmosphere as the light gently reflects off the surface of the faucet. However, do keep in mind that once you incorporate polished brass into your bathroom, it is very hard to use other metallic materials such as silver, gold, or nickel. If the colors are mismatched, it will be very apparent and quite distracting.

Touchless Bathroom Faucet

Smart Faucet for a Futuristic Bathroom

Smart Faucet for a Futuristic Bathroom

Modern conveniences are all about making life a little easier and using technology to give us an edge over elements that are out of our control. While opening and closing a faucet is nothing one would call difficult, forgetting to close it has led to countless gallons of water being wasted. Not to mention how as simple of technology as faucets may be they can and very often do break.

Touchless bathroom faucets eliminate this potential problem by getting rid of the handles altogether. Instead, they have a small built-in sensor that picks up movement below the faucet itself and activates. All you have to do is place your hands under the faucet when you want the water to run and when you pull your hands away the water turns off automatically.

Chic Brushed Gold Faucet

Brightening Up the Bathroom with the Right Faucet

Brightening Up the Bathroom with the Right Faucet

Keeping things simple is a great way to focus on the bigger things in life. But sometimes, you really want to let yourself go and soak up all the glamor with a brushed gold faucet. There is no practical benefit, no extra functionality, or any kind of utilitarian benefit to having a brushed gold faucet, other than it just looks really good.

It goes great with all kinds of chic interior designs, from a luxurious take on the mid-century modern to the classic art deco. The brushed texture of the gold finish gives it that distinct sheen but not to the point where the faucet is so bright that it is blinding.

How to Install a Bathroom Faucet

The Absolute Basics of Installing a Faucet

The Absolute Basics of Installing a Faucet

Installing a bathroom faucet is a small but very satisfying DIY project to pull off. Plumbing is by no means an easy trade. However, learning some of the basics could help you fix future plumbing problems.

  1. Place the faucet deck above the hole where the faucet piping will be going through. This is the little platform on which the faucet and the handles sit. Assuming that you have already removed the old faucet and piping, as well as detached the plumbing and electric wiring from the sink, you should have no trouble lining it up with the designated hole for the faucet.
  2. Put the water lines through the hole and pull them out through the deck just enough so that they are long enough for you to work with. 
  3. Attach the water lines to the new faucet following the manufacturer’s instructions. Since each faucet has its own special way of attaching to the waterline, there is no universal method. However modern faucets are designed in such a way that attaching them to the piping is self-explanatory. In case you have trouble with this step, have a handyperson on standby to give you a helping hand in the process.
  4. Fasten the hardware under the sink using the washers and nuts that came with the new faucet. 
  5. Tighten the nuts and washers as much as possible to ensure that there is no way for water to escape through any openings.
  6. Check for leaks by letting the water run. Do not open the water pressure all the way, since if the new faucet is not attached correctly it may spray you. Let the water trickle at first and slowly increase the pressure, paying attention to the new faucet, the deck, and the hardware under the sink to see if any water is escaping.
  7. Remove the aerator from the tip of the faucet spout, the small round filter located at the tip of the spout. See if the water is making its way through the new faucet and continue checking for any leakage. If there are no leaks and water is flowing through the new faucet, place the aerator back in the spout, give one final tightening to all the nuts and washers, and your new faucet should be ready. 
  8. Keep checking the faucet and under sink hardware for a couple of days after installation to make sure that there are no new leaks.

Your new faucet should be ready once it is working as intended, the water pressure can be controlled, and there are no leaks. Installing a new faucet is much easier than most people believe, and the most it will ask of you is to keep a keen eye for the smaller details.

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Alex Mikayelyan

Written by Alex Mikayelyan

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