04 May 2010

Details #2 - The Faucet Edition

This is the second of a five-part, first week of the month series with The Decorating Diva. Each of the five Details editions will focus on a single room detail that can make a huge difference in the success of that space's style.

Last month we looked at lighting. This segment focuses on faucets. Never underestimate the power of a terrific tap to up the style quotient in your kitchen or bath. To see what I mean, try to imagine this bathroom with a plastic-handled, builder basic faucet.

Bathroom designed by Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS

Such a tacky, outdated fixture would totally downgrade the elegance of this traditional, remodeled bathroom. I visited the remodeled master bath of an acquaintance who had spent her whole budget on custom cabinets, stone tops and new floors, but opted not to replace her builder grade faucets. What do you think got noticed first? Yep, the out-of-place plastic knobs stuck out like a sore thumb.

Here are some great faucets to consider for your kitchen and bath, even if you're not planning a remodel.

This Traditional Triflow Faucet from Rohl features integrated water filtration. There's also a bathroom version available so you can brush your teeth with filtered water, too.

This is Brizo's Talo faucet with SmartTouch Technology. One lucky Gold Notes and Decorating Diva reader will win one of these on Friday!

Kohler's Karbon Faucet offers flexibility and funky style

This strikingly-unique Italian-designed Wolo faucet has American (Elkay) and European (Webert) lineage

The handsome Virage faucet, also by Brizo, can work in contemporary or traditional bathrooms.

This graceful modern Stance Faucet by Kohler showed up at this year's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

I've long delighted in the breezy style of Danze's South Sea series, which may show up in one of my own bathrooms one day.

I like wall-mount, rather than countertop-mounted, faucets with raised sinks, especially this contemporary Sirius, also from Danze.

Here are three essential points about kitchen faucets that you should consider:

* If the faucet is the only kitchen component being replaced, consider how many holes you have in your sink or countertop and don't exceed that number.
* If you're planning on upgrading your countertops later on, look for a faucet that can be mounted without a deck plate, and find out whether an extension will be needed to accommodate thicker tops. Buy it now while the part is available and keep it in storage for your eventual remodel.
* If your sink is tucked behind a raised bar, consider the height difference if you don't want your faucet to be seen from the next room.

And a couple for the bath:
* If you're considering replacing shower or tub faucets, you will most likely have to replace the valve behind the wall and below the deck, too, which means a larger project. If you stay within the same brand family, you may not have to. Check with a plumbing sales specialist for assistance.
* Bathroom sink faucets come in various configurations. Four-inch spreads are probably the most common. Be sure you know what you need before you order if you're not replacing your sink or countertops.

If you're limited by a four-inch spread configuration, consider this transitional Kohler Archer style for your bathroom.

Enjoy the entire Details series!

Details #1 - The Lighting Edition
Details #2 - The Faucet Edition
Details #3 - Fabrics and Fibers
Details #4 - The Hardware Edition
Details #5 - Finishing Touches


  1. Excellent advice Jamie. Thanks!
    Planning ahead and buying the extension part...brilliant!

  2. Thanks for this blog Jamie, don't know why but that "Kohler's Karbon Faucet" reminds me of my dentist :-) My favorite is the Colored Light faucet collection by Gessi...think it's very cool to "see" if the water is hot or cold.


  3. Jamie ! thank you for nice post . It 's good information.

    your product reviews are interesting.

    I want to get it to my bathroom .

    good job.

  4. Even the faucet makes an incredible artistic statement and gives us a glimpse into a person's unique style. Great pics. Norman, the Karbon does look like a dentist's lamp.


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