I discussed how nickel is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom faucets. Well, that got me to thinking about other finishes. So here are three more popular finishes to keep in mind if you're buying a new faucet:
In a recent column, I addressed a question about a brushed-nickel finish for a bathroom faucet. I discussed how nickel is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom faucets, and that because of its softer brushed look, water spots and fingerprints are more easily hidden.
Well, that got me to thinking about other finishes. So here are three more popular finishes to keep in mind if you're buying a new faucet:
-- Oil-rubbed bronze. This rich, dark color has hints of copper. Along with its smooth, hand-brushed finish, an oil-rubbed bronze faucet can add visual interest to any kitchen or bathroom. This finish can be a wonderful choice for a log cabin or other type of house that calls for a rustic look.
-- Vibrant polished brass. This finish is a shiny gold-looking color that can add an elegant note. It's also available for toilet handles. It especially stands out when installed on white plumbing fixtures.
-- Polished or brushed chrome. Still the industry standard, and it's not going anywhere. This is a classic finish that became the standard in the 1930s and can match just about any kitchen or bathroom style. It remains popular for its durable finish and affordable pricing when used on standard faucets.
You don't have to stop with these. There are dozens of finishes to choose from, so go with the flow and find your own favorite faucet finish!
Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Always consult local contractors and codes.