If you’re updating the look of your bathroom or kitchen, one of the very first things you should consider ahead of the renovation is which style of sink faucet will best suit your space. In order to do this, you’ll initially need an understanding of the various types of faucet on the market, and which can be used in the bathroom or kitchen – different options serve different purposes, and so won’t be suitable for all rooms – bathroom sink faucets and shower faucets are obvious prime examples. As such, it is advisable to research the contrasting styles of traditional and modern faucets that are available, before even thinking about making the choice regarding which one you wish to install. There’s a wide selection of kitchen and bathroom faucets on the market, available in a number of different shapes and sizes, so there is something to fit every space.
A Wide Selection of Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets
Single lever or single handle faucets, as their name would suggest, use just one actuation handle to control both water flow and temperature, and require only a single hole to fit. Sinks or basins with center holes can accommodate these types of faucet.
Center set faucets, meanwhile, are another option to consider attaching to smaller basins which feature a pre-drilled hole, to provide a neat and compact overall appearance. Center set faucets, whether they be for the kitchen or bathroom, include a trim plate spanning approximately six inches where the handles and spout are mounted.
To achieve a more intriguing look, sink and vanity faucets are an interesting choice, though it should be noted that a specific type of sink is required to allow for their installation. Comprising of two separate faucets, in the form of a hot and cold water tap, basin faucets have just one handle rather than two, and are an ideal selection for those looking to set their bathroom or kitchen apart from the crowd.
And for a truly contemporary and inventive look, LED waterfall basin faucets are a perfect option for kitchens in particular, providing you have a relatively large budget to play with. With an innovative design and striking appearance, these modern kitchen faucets allow water to pour into a non-aerated flow, and are usually created predominantly out of glass. In-built sensors ensure that the LED light switches on in cohesion with water beginning to flow.
Different Faucets for Different Properties
Of course, different faucets are suited to different properties, and widespread faucets are amongst the most versatile options available, allowing industrial designers a great deal of flexibility during their manufacture. A variety of widespread faucet designs are on offer as a result, with cold handles, hot handles and a spout all supplied as separate pieces in both the miniature and standard types. Therefore, following mounting, it is easy to notice basin surface between these three elements.
Meanwhile, unless you have a bathtub in your kitchen (it’s possible!), you’ll probably only consider tub and shower faucets to update the style and practicality of a bathroom. As the most fundamental accompaniment to a bathtub, these faucets include a spigot in addition to a crowning pull handle. These two defining features dictate whether the water will flow through the shower or the tub faucets.
And finally, wall mounted faucets could prove a viable option for a kitchen or bathroom dependent on the style of its surrounding décor, and the overall design of the room. Wall mounted faucets are, somewhat obviously, attached to the wall, and then covered up by a tile back splash. These type of faucets are ideal alongside vessel sinks or basins, though you will likely require the assistance of a professional for initial installation, so that should be factored into your budget.
We have all sorts of other guides that offer inspiration with regards to the best faucets to select to upgrade your home. For kitchen faucets, explore our Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Faucets. In our Ultimate Guide to Tub Faucets, there’s a look at the best tub faucets to consider to accompany your bathtub. The Ultimate Guide to Faucets takes a deep dive into all types of luxury faucets on the market.