Last but not the least, how does you faucet fit into your kitchen on a whole? With mounting mechanism taken care of, should you opt for a classical design or an industrial high arc spout? How do you decide on what color will go best with your overall kitchen design? For those building a kitchen from scratch or remodeling, this is not a difficult question to ask. In fact, you can practically pick out any faucet you want. However, if your kitchen renovation is limited to only the faucet then matching the style quotient to your kitchen is paramount.
By the way, when you think of the styling and finishing, you also have to keep in mind that different materials behave differently. Some are more durable, rust resistant and do not catch fingerprints easily. Other materials can grow weak over time, corrode or simply lose the luster. Hence, a key component when deciding on finishing is just how durable the material is.
Chrome is a preferred choice among faucet makers because of the variety of finishes that can be applied to it. You can have polished chrome, brushed or matte chrome finishes. Not only is chrome durable but also economical and simple to maintain.
Nickel like Chrome is easy to maintain. It is also durable and comes in either brushed or satin finish. If you can, then get a nickel faucet with a titanium coating. This protects the faucet from scratching and tarnishing.
A more common solution today is to mix various metals for a more modern appeal. Such faucets will tend to mix and match materials such as nickel, chrome and brass together with stainless steel. Not my personal favorite since these faucets have a limited lifespan. Different materials age differently and you don’t want your faucet looking like it is decades old, unless that is the look you are going for.
The preferred material to instantly give any faucet a classical or antiquated look. Brass can come in either high gloss, satin or the more traditional simple brass finishing. These faucets have a long lifespan and will survive the harshest of conditions too.
Bronze as a material works great with faucets because it produces that rustic appearance almost instantly. Naturally, bronze oxidizes over time and appears old. This is why bronze faucets with polished oil-rubber textures are used for classical designs. However, if you opt for a bronze faucet make sure the inside is coated with a layer of titanium or surgical grade stainless steel to prevent corrosion.
Faucets made from steel and then painted in a single color are all too common. They are the cheapest of the lot and need little thought. Personally though, I suggest never to go for solid colors since they do eat away from your kitchen’s décor.
There you have it. Now you know what I know so go check out my reviews and use your newfound knowledge to select that perfect kitchen faucet for your home. Like I said in the beginning, selecting a new faucet is no big deal when you know what to weigh and balance. Now you’ve read my Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide, it’s time to get started by reading my kitchen faucet reviews!