The Best Bathroom Faucet Finishes

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Bathroom finishes are an important part of any bathroom design. Quick updates to bathroom fixtures and a new coat of paint can be a total transformation for a bathroom. Because they’re so impactful, as you work on your bathroom remodeling project, knowing which finish is best for bathroom faucets in your home is important. The expert design team at Bath Planet New Jersey can help you navigate your entire project from grand vision to “finishing” touches. 

What is the Best Material for Faucets?

As styles have changed over time, the importance of durability has remained important. The best materials for bathroom faucets include chrome, nickel, brass, and bronze. Keep in mind that finishes can be applied to many kinds of materials. We’ll discuss finishes in a later section. 

Chrome

 This is one of the most common bathroom faucet materials. Many homeowners enjoy the mirrored surface and versatility of chrome. It matches many different types of bathroom decor and can really shine in various lighting. Chrome is fairly resistant to rust and corrosion and difficult to scratch. One downside is that fingerprints are easier to notice on chrome. 

Nickel

 Very similar to chrome, nickel is also a popular material for faucets. It’s a bit darker than chrome and may look different under various lighting conditions. While nickel is a popular material, it’s most popular with a brushed finish. 

Brass

 This material can help you achieve a warm, golden hue. This material is a staple in bathrooms going for a warmer look. Sometimes, fingerprints and water spots can be more easily seen on brass.

Bronze

 This material is often used to achieve a darker, more rustic look. The most popular finish for bronze is oil-rubbed, making it durable and easy to care for because water spots and fingerprints aren’t easily visible. 

What is the Best Finish for Bathroom Faucets?

As you explore materials for bathroom faucets, you must also consider the finish. The finish can mean the difference between shiny and mirrored, or soft and muted. 

Polished

 This finish is fairly self-explanatory. A polished look on brass or nickel can give you a shiny, mirrored look. Water spots or fingerprints are sometimes more easily seen on a polished surface. Polished brass and polished nickel are very popular faucet choices due to their versatility and timelessness. 

Brushed

 This finish provides a more matte appearance, allowing it to hide fingerprints and water spots more easily. As the name suggests, the material is treated with a wire brush to give it a more matte finish. Brushed finishes can look different between manufacturers because of the unique application. Be mindful of matching across your accessories if you’re going for a brushed finish. 

Oil- Rubbed

 This is a common finish for bronze materials, used to achieve that deep, rich color and rustic texture. An oil-rubbed finish is easy to care for, and doesn’t show water spots or fingerprints as easily. One caveat is that the oil-rubbed finish may look different between manufacturers. Matching across your accessories may be more challenging with this finish. 

Matte

 This popular finish has a way of muting more aggressive materials so you can achieve the style and dependability you’re looking for, with a more subtle look. It’s very popular to see matte brass or matte black in bathroom remodeling projects. 

What is the Most Popular Finish for Bathroom Faucets?

As with any room in your home, styles change over the years. Some styles even come back around and re-enter popularity! Consider these four bathroom faucet finishes for your project:

Brushed Nickel

 If you’re going for a darker look than chrome, but comparable durability, brushed nickel may be your solution. This material and finish look great in a variety of settings. 

Chrome

 This material with a polished finish will always be a tried and true fixture in many bathrooms. Its durability and ability to match with other accessories and fixtures make it a popular choice for homeowners. 

Oil-Rubbed Bronze

 Dark, moody elements like oil-rubbed bronze can really add contrast in a bright space. This is a very popular material and finishes for those looking to really embrace a darker ambiance. 

Matte Brass

 Versatility is key with matte brass. While some equate brass with a more vintage vibe, matte brass is also incorporated in more modern, eclectic designs, too. This material and finish are the best of both worlds. 

If these popular finishes aren’t your style, there are other unique options for making a splash. As you build your vision, it’s important to work with a trusted bathroom design expert that can guide you through the design process, helping you achieve a cohesive look that is both beautiful and functional. 

Get Started on Your Next Project with Family-Owned, Local Bathroom Remodelers

Your bathroom remodeling project should have an end result that is both functional and beautiful that can withstand the test of time.  At Bath Planet New Jersey, we’ll work with you every step of the way, providing expertise and answering questions. 

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