Long gone are the times when plumbing fixtures for bathrooms and kitchens were made only in a few styles and limited to two or three colours and finishes.
With the development of home interior design, plumbing fixtures in various styles, colours, and control options have flooded the market to the extent that choosing the right one for your home can be overwhelming.
There are many things to consider when choosing plumbing fixtures for your home but the most important thing is to keep your overall décor in mind to ensure a cohesive look.
Here’s what you should pay attention to.
Know your style
It’s kind of pointless searching for fixtures that match your style if you don’t know what your style is, so make sure you take cues from the décor of your kitchen or bathroom.
For instance, minimalist interior design needs simple and clean lines in fixtures while more traditional décor matches perfectly with ornamentation and finishes such as oil-rubbed bronze and copper.
Contemporary styling goes well with chrome and nickel metals, so make sure you determine your style before you go shopping for plumbing fixtures.
Set a budget
People often forget to include plumbing fixtures in their renovation budget, but this is important to ensure you get the look you’re after without breaking the bank.
Take a look at prices and know your options before buying as fixture prices can vary significantly. If you’re on a budget, take some time to do comparison research online. You could look for online deals or find affordable fixtures that are discontinued due to slight imperfections.
Take cues from your bathtub or sink
Being two of the most important elements of your bathroom and kitchen décor, the bathtub and sink are usually the items that determine your style.
That’s why it’s a good idea to take a good look at them before making the decision about plumbing fixtures.
Try to match the shape and the design – for example, an oval sink will require similarly shaped fixtures to achieve that sleek look while a vintage tub will need luxurious-looking fixtures to complete that delicate design.
Analyse your household needs
Your family’s lifestyle is one of the first things to consider when choosing your plumbing fixtures. For example, if you have little children, you might want your taps to have a hands-free sensor.
That way, you’ll make the usage easier, lower water consumption and keep the germs away.
Current trends underline natural, earth-friendly solutions. With the benefit of reduced water consumption, you could also consider contemporary, sleek natural gas appliances as a green, cost-effective alternative to electrical appliances.
Make sure that their installation and any potential gas leak repair is carried out by experienced, licensed professionals.
Find your finish
When choosing a finish for your bathroom or kitchen fixtures, don’t forget to match it to the other colours in a room.
If you’re aiming for a vintage style, think polished or satin brass. White or matte black fixtures match contemporary bathrooms and kitchens marvellously while there are some versatile finishes such as chrome, polished and brushed nickel that can easily fit into any style.
Furthermore, interior designers claim that mixing metal finishes adds intrigue to bathroom décor, so go ahead and play!
Bring samples along
Once the active search for perfect plumbing fixtures begins, you’ll want to start taking samples of everything you’ve decided on. This is particularly important if you’re doing a complete remodel.
It’s often difficult to imagine how everything will fit together in a new room, so having samples to compare is a good start. And this way, you’ll avoid any mismatching surprises once all the elements have been purchased.
Plumbing fixtures are like jewellery for your kitchen and bathroom – they’re little details that make your interior design style stand out and help your home get that wow factor, so don’t take them for granted.
By keeping your overall décor in mind, you’ll minimise the possibility of making the wrong choice, so choose the fixtures wisely and watch your bathroom or kitchen transform into the trendy hotspots of your home.
If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on LinkedIn.