Bathroom fixture design has adapted to the lifestyles of the 21st century. The focus now is modern, sleek faucet design in a variety of materials, and luxury shower-heads that wake up your senses and lift your mood before starting the day.
The current trends are represented in an array of faucet styles, such as arches and waterfalls, wide-set handle placement, and touchless or motion-activated designs, which are now very popular. Materials and colors from copper, brass, stainless steel, nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and gold-plate, and finishes like matte, shiny, brushed, textured, and satin-smooth, are available at every price level. Some designers even consider faucets "bathroom jewelry" in their design schemes for remodeling bathrooms.
Think Beyond Utility
If you plan to renovate your bathroom, this is the ideal time to think beyond utility. Consider the bathroom's role as a refuge from the noise and stresses of the day, and ways you can enhance that aspect of its use. Think of it, too, as a space that is customizable to your individual needs, and a place to express your personal style. Upgraded faucets, showerheads and other hardware can help transform an ordinary bathroom into a better functioning, more aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable environment.
Many faucet manufacturers have looked to the natural world to inspire new lines of hardware products -- from gentle-rain showerheads, to arching fountain faucets, and water taps in the form of graceful birds. One manufacturer has a line of faucets inspired by the shape of a pineapple. Others offer bamboo-style designs that are especially popular in the U.S.
Replacing bathroom faucets is an easy first step to upgrading a bathroom. While a new sink faucet can immediately refresh the look of your bathroom, there are practical aspects to keep in mind before choosing that faucet. Here are a few:
-- Do you prefer separate hot and cold controls over a single-hand control?
-- Is a low-flow, environmentally friendly faucet important to you?
-- Would a touch or motion-activated faucet be more convenient than one with a handle?
-- Will the faucet style you like blend well with the other materials in the bathroom?
With advances in technology and the popularity of bathroom decor, every major bathroom fixture manufacturer now offers a great selection of sink, tub and shower faucets that can add function and beauty to any bathroom.