When you are choosing your bathroom fixtures and materials, it is very important to consider both the quality of the construction and the finish. These fixtures will determine how your bathroom functions, so it pays to look for quality and longevity.
Shower heads can be very simple or incredibly elaborate, ranging from basic shower heads to rain drop shower heads. Many homeowners today prefer hand sprayers, which detach from the wall and allow you to change the spray patterns.
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Why not make your bathroom faucet a focal point? It can be easy to blow an entire budget with the faucet alone if you are not careful, as faucets can really be a work of art today. There are many types of faucets you can choose from for your bathroom. Here are some options to consider:
Wide spread faucets have a spout with separate cold and hot handles. This style requires three holes.
Two handle center set faucets have a spout with both hot and cold water handles combined onto one base with valves 4" apart. Each valve needs a separate hole in your countertop or sink.
Single set faucets have a spout with one handle, all in one, and they require just one hole.
Wall mounted faucets work very well with freestanding or vessel sinks. This type of faucet requires a separate wall mount valve and drain, but it makes it very easy to keep your sink clean because you do not need to clean the tight spaces between your faucet and a backsplash.
Do not underestimate the importance of proper lighting. Most homeowners prefer a range of lighting types to set the mood, including wall-mounted sconces, overhead lighting and recessed lighting. Luxurious master bathrooms may even have the space for a hanging chandelier.
Consider both general lighting for the room and task lighting, including lighting near the mirror and over the bathtub or shower.
Choice of Finish
Choosing the right finish for your bathroom fixtures will depend on your bathroom design and style. Traditional designs pair well with oil-rubbed bronze. Contemporary and traditional designs, meanwhile, both work well with polished nickel. Here is a look at your many options.
Polished brass is a classic that can give you an authentic vintage look. Polished brass is easy to clean and offers a durable finish, but it is one of the more expensive choices.
Satin brass offers a brushed gold appearance that is very classy without being over the top. It is very durable and its matte finish does not show water spots and smudges. It can be hard to find more than just a faucet in satin brass, however.
Oil-rubbed bronze offers a very traditional feel. It is very easy to get all matching fixtures, but it is a more expensive option.
Copper is a very bold choice that works very well with subtle materials like marble. It does require more maintenance than other options, and it can be hard to find fixtures to match.
Polished nickel offers a smooth, shiny appearance that is darker than chrome. It is durable and easy to clean, but it can be more expensive than some options.
Brushed nickel offers a soft metallic appearance and it is one of the most durable finishes you can choose. It is also affordable.
Chrome is very versatile and popular, as well as inexpensive. On the downside, chrome shows all water spots and smudges.
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A lot more goes into choosing the right sink for your bathroom remodel than just finding one that matches with the new decor. There are countless types of sinks available today, whether you want something understated and simple or you want the sink to become the focal point of the bathroom.
It is important to understand your options to choose something that will fit your style and your needs and stand the test of time. Different By Design, Inc. will help you choose or create a custom bathroom sink to bring your vision to life.
Types of Bathroom Sinks
The first decision you need to make is the type of sink installation you want. The following are the basic types of sinks available.
Wall mounted sinks are attached to your wall. This style works very well in a small bathroom and it lets you use the space under the sink to give the illusion of more space.
Pedestal sinks have a sink basin attached to the wall with the sink resting on a pedestal. Pedestal sinks also work well in small bathrooms, although they do not have the same amount of storage space as a vanity provides.
Top mounted sinks go by several names, including drop-in sinks. This style is placed into a cutout in the vanity or countertop, then secured by a rim that overlaps the hole.
Undermounted sinks are mounted beneath the countertop or vanity top to give you an uninterrupted surface.
Vessel sinks feature a free-standing bowl resting on top of the vanity with the plumbing hidden beneath. Some vessel sinks are partially recessed.
Bathroom Sink Materials
The next important decision to make is the type of material the sink is made from. The material does not just need to match your bathroom design; it also needs to hold up for many years. The following are some of the most popular materials.
Cast iron is very heavy and durable, and it is typically coated with enamel. This coating offers a smooth surface that is easy to clean, and the enamel can be made in many colors. The downside to this material is dropping a heavy object in the sink can chip the enamel and allow the exposed metal to rust.
Porcelain is a durable material that is low maintenance, but it can also chip or crack. Porcelain can also become stained.
Metal is becoming more popular, whether it is copper, brass or even stainless steel.
Glass is a common material for vessel sinks, and it is available in endless shapes, styles and colors. Tempered glass is usually used for bathroom sinks as it resists cracks and shattering.
Stone sinks come in many styles, including vessel sinks or a solid surface. Polished stone is a good choice as it does not easily show water stains.