For bathroom faucets, the finish seems like a small thing needing little attention. But if considering the aesthetic of a bathroom, this commonly overlooked detail has a great effect. Depending on the look you want to achieve in the bathroom, there are different types of faucet finishes for your choice.
Each type of faucet finishes has its own advantage when it comes to durability and affordability. Some types are meant to be long-lasting and sturdy for those who want high-quality faucets while other types are cheaper.
For helping you make a better decision during the decoration of your bathroom, we list 8 common types of bathroom faucet finishes.
Copper is a bold and unmistakable choice, that gives a rich feeling, especially mixed with a subtler material, such as marble on a countertop.
Advantages: Copper has natural antibacterial properties, and it’s easy to find. Just over a short period of time, a scratch in copper will become darker and eventually blend with the patina.
Disadvantages: A shiny copper finish might require a little more maintenance than chrome, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze. However, if aging naturally, copper will become a beautiful patina. Copper is harder to match with accessories and other fixtures, and not as durable as other finishes.
Applicable styles: Farmhouse and steam-punk.
Chrome is a popular finish for its versatility.
Advantages: Chrome is generally the most inexpensive finish. It’s very easy to find, clean, and maintain. It’s easy to match with accessories and other fixtures.
Disadvantages: After a period of use, chrome will show water spots and fingerprints.
Applicable styles: Almost every style.
A polished brass faucet gives the bathroom a vintage look.
Advantages: Polished brass is easy to find and clean. And it’s also easy to match with accessories and other fixtures.
Disadvantages: It’s more expensive than other finishes, such as chrome and brushed nickel.
Applicable styles: Polished brass looks great in modern, traditional, and eclectic settings.
Satin brass is a nice twist on polished brass, and the brushed-gold look has a lot of class. It’s a bold choice without being too showy.
Advantages: It's a durable finish. As a matte finish, it won’t show fingerprints or water spots.
Disadvantages: It might be harder to find and more expensive. And it’s also difficult to match accessories and other fixtures to satin brass.
Applicable styles: It can be matched with traditional, modern, and contemporary styles.
If you want a smooth, shiny finish but not chrome, try polished nickel. It’s darker than chrome, and with different levels of lighting, it can appear to change in color.
Advantages: It's a durable finish cleaned easily, and a great alternative to brushed nickel.
Disadvantages: Polished nickel is more expensive, and it’s harder to find accessories or fixtures matched with it.
Applicable styles: Like chrome, it looks great in a variety of settings: modern, contemporary, traditional, and eclectic.
The soft metallic look of brushed nickel can stand the test of time.
Advantages: Brushed nickel is one of the most durable finishes because it can keep its finish longer than chrome. It doesn’t show wear, fingerprints, or water spots. It’s easy to clean, easy to find, and easy to match with accessories and other fixtures.
Disadvantages: This finish doesn’t coordinate well with stainless steel; it blends in instead of being a statement piece.
Applicable styles: Almost every style.
Satin bronze has a nice, smooth finish. A subtler color gives this finish more flexibility for different bathroom styles and settings.
Advantages: It’s durable and easy to clean and maintain, this is a great alternative to copper. Water spots and fingerprints won’t show.
Disadvantages: Satin bronze is harder to find and more expensive. And it’s hard to match accessories and other fixtures to satin bronze.
Applicable styles: Traditional, eclectic, and Mediterranean styles.
Black faucets are more and more popular in the bathroom because they can easily match other items. If you want to make a classy statement, or just do a small renovation that doesn’t involve changing all aspects of your bathroom, matte black may be a perfect choice.
Advantages: It’s easy to clean, and does not show dirt, fingerprints, or water spots. It’s easy to coordinate a matte black faucet with bathroom accessories.
Disadvantages: It’s hard to match other fixtures to it, hard to find, and expensive compared with more popular finishes, such as chrome and brushed nickel.
Applicable styles: Modern and eclectic.
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