If everything goes according to plan, the husband and I will be embarking on our first major renovation this spring/summer: finally giving that sad, not-so-master master bath a much-needed makeover! And while we know the basics of the space—deep soaking tub, lots of white tile, water-saving fixtures, polished chrome finishes—we haven’t quite gotten down to specifics, until now.
I recently began looking at faucets; it seemed like a smart place to start considering that will be the main “decoration” of the otherwise all-white bathroom. Some features were a given, like polished chrome finishes and water-saving technology, while others, such as the style, are still debatable at this point. Considering the overall style of the house, as well as the diminutive size of the bathroom, I didn’t think we could go too hyper-mod, so I primarily searched for in-between styles, something “transitional” but with a subtle touch of modern to keep it fresh and updated.
The five faucets below are on my official short list, and I think they all would work perfectly in my still-a-sketch-in-a-notebook bathroom.
Meaning “wave” in Sanskrit, the Lahara collection from Delta boasts gently curving handles reminiscent of the motion of the ocean. I love the shape, and the high-arc spout is beautifully styled to coordinate with a variety of looks. This one is presently at the top of my list.
Similar to the Delta faucet, the Tropic line from American Standard is a little more modern, with sleeker handles and a flared opening on the spout. I really appreciate how the base of the faucet echoes the styling on the spout, and the extra-shiny polished chrome finish makes it almost jewel-like.
If we were to go more contemporary with the fixtures, this single-handle number from Moen’s Icon collection would be my top choice. While I’m not usually a big fan of single-handle faucets in the bath, I do love the simple, clean-lined look of this one, and the curves keep it from becoming too utilitarian and cold.
Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking—this looks like something out of a gas station or restaurant bathroom. But I really like the low-key look of Kohler’s Triton faucet; it’s a really understated style that speaks to the overall 1950s architecture of the house, and would be the ideal choice for fixtures that blend easily into the surrounding space.
Also from Kohler, the Taboret faucet is equally low-key, and features cool “swirl” handles with a decidedly Art Deco influence. It’s another simple style that would work seamlessly with the style of the house, while adding a unique touch to the décor.