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Choosing Kitchen Faucet Finishes

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If you are building a new home, remodeling your kitchen, or simply in the market for a new kitchen faucet, there are plenty of styles, types, and finishes from which to choose. The kitchen faucet finishes that are available to you vary based on the manufacturer and the faucet style itself, but the one you choose can go a long way in reflecting your personality and style.

When to Choose Stainless Steel, Nickel, and Chrome

In the wide world of kitchen faucets, finishes like chrome, stainless steel, and nickel are neutral. They are like a pair of black slacks or beige carpeting – they go with just about any décor. Chrome boasts an unmatchable shine and a low price tag, stainless steel is the most popular metal in the kitchen all around, and nickel offers a home-like feel along with a sense of luxury. Any of these work well with any color, cabinetry style, and flooring type. However, to get the most from your faucet, be sure to pair neutral faucet designs with coordinating hardware. Think drawer pulls, cabinet handles, and even towel holders.

The Proper Application of Brushed Metals

Although the aforementioned finishes are popular and often quite affordable, there is one major caveat: they show smudges, fingerprints, and water spots easily. Brushed metal is not as reflective and the surface is more porous, making fingerprints a thing of the past and water spots much more difficult to see. According to home décor specialists, if you choose a faucet with a lot of detail, brushed metal is the better choice since it does not reflect light away from the surface; rather, it allows the eye to focus on the small details that make the faucet unique.

Don’t Overlook Gold

Brass is a classic faucet finish, and while this may make you think of the shiny, polished brass handrails in a 100-year-old home, today’s brass is not the same. In fact, quality faucet manufacturers no longer use brass with green undertones that make it appear harsh. Today, manufacturers stick with warm gold tones in their brass. For a chic, clean look, consider an all-white kitchen (sink, tile, countertops, and walls) with gold faucets, drawer pulls, handles, and other accessories. Bear in mind that a gold faucet does not pair well with a metallic kitchen sink.

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Kohler K-12177-PB Fairfax Pull Down Kitchen Faucet – Polished Brass

 

Today’ Modern Design Ideas

Decades ago, certain finishes were associated with certain faucet styles. For instance, a classic faucet required a classic finish, and a contemporary faucet required a modern finish. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. It is possible to purchase unique, modern styles with classic finishes from some of the world’s most popular faucet manufacturers. Some of these, like Delta and Kohler, are as original as they come.

Top Brands and Available Finishes

One of the best things about buying kitchen faucets is the fact that they are available in so many finishes and styles from various brands. This means that you can start with your style and shop for the right finish, or choose your finish first and then select a style. Kitchen faucets are incredibly versatile in both their function and their aesthetic appeal, so finding one to suit your personality and décor is easier today than ever. Below are some of the most popular kitchen faucet brands along with some of their available finishes.


Kohler
Kohler

Kohler offers bold looks as well as classic styles that pair beauty with functionality and technology. Their faucets come in more than a dozen finishes, including:

  • Polished Chrome
  • Polished Stainless
  • Vibrant® Polished Nickel
  • Vibrant® Polished Brass
  • Brushed Chrome
  • Brushed Stainless
  • Vibrant® Stainless
  • Vibrant® Brushed Nickel
  • Vibrant® Brushed Bronze
  • Oil-Rubbed Bronze
  • White
  • Biscuit
  • Matte Black
  • Black Black

Kohler’s unique Vibrant® series of finishes have more depth than traditional finishes, which adds more dimension and appeal to these products.


Moen

Moen

Moen offers a wide variety of kitchen faucet types, such as the modern 90-degree handle, pot filler, and high-arc designs. You can choose from modern, transitional, and traditional styles, and Moen pairs them with a number of finishes to customize your look. Some of the available finishes include:

  • Chrome
  • Matte Black
  • Oil-Rubbed Bronze
  • Classic Stainless
  • Glacier
  • Brushed Chrome

If you prefer the look of stainless but you hate water spots, Moen’s unique spot-resistant stainless is a great alternative. Its unique finish not only resists water spots, but also shows fewer fingerprints for a clean, sleek look in a stainless faucet.


Delta

Delta

Delta was the first company to offer the Brilliance® finish, which will not tarnish, discolor, or corrode during its lifetime. No matter what you use to clean it, even steel wool, it will hold up for the life of your home – guaranteed. This finish is not available on all of their products, however. Some available finishes from Delta include:

  • Arctic Stainless
  • Black
  • Chrome
  • Champagne Bronze™
  • Matte Black
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • Venetian® Bronze
  • Stainless/Cracked Pepper
  • Stainless/Chili Pepper
  • Stainless
  • Stainless/Snowflake White
  • White

Delta also offers its own line of spot-resistant stainless, known as SpotShield Stainless. Like Moen’s offering, it resists spots and fingerprints better than standard stainless.

Grohe

Grohe

Grohe believes that a kitchen faucet is an investment, and as such, it is important for the finish to for years to come. Many of their products contain StarLight®, a coating available on both matte and shiny finishes that guarantee beauty for a lifetime. Available finishes include:

  • Chrome
  • Supersteel
  • Stainless
  • Stainless/Black
  • Infinity Brushed Nickel

Although Grohe’s finish selection is smaller than that of its competitors, these finishes are durable, beautiful, and stylish.


Hansgrohe

Hansgrohe

Hansgrohe offers five unique and beautiful kitchen faucet collections designed for professional chefs, home cooks, and anyone who appreciates style, comfort, and design. The offer brilliant finishes designed to last, ensuring that your investment looks as good 10 years from now as it does today. Some of these finishes are:

  • Chrome
  • Steel Optik
  • Polished Nickel
  • Rubbed Bronze

Hansgrohe also has a small collection of available finishes, but you can rest comfortably in the knowledge that they will retain their beauty and shine for years to come.


Danze

Danze

Danze offers an incredibly wide range of kitchen faucet styles, whether you want a pullout handle or a traditional two-handle faucet. They also specialize in bar and convenience faucets as well as pot fillers for those who want the most functional kitchen space possible. Their products come in finishes such as:

  • Chrome
  • Stainless Steel
  • Oil-Rubbed Bronze
  • Satin Black
  • Antique Copper
  • Polished Nickel

Danze offers some of the most elegant designs offered today. For a classic look that you will love, try the Opulence™ single handle bar faucet in an antique copper finish.


Pfister

Pfister

Pfister is a well-known name in faucets for the kitchen and bath, and they offer a diverse line of finishes that will allow you to match your décor and your personal style. Their newest offering, Slate, is a sophisticated metal finish that adds warmth and depth to your décor. Other finish options from Pfister include:

  • Black
  • Brushed Nickel
  • Brushed Nickel/Polished Brass
  • Brushed Nickel/Polished Chrome
  • Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Midnight Chrome
  • Polished Chrome
  • Polished Chrome/Black
  • Polished Chrome/White Porcelain
  • Polished Nickel
  • Rustic Bronze
  • Rustic Pewter
  • Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel/Black
  • Tuscan Bronze
  • Unpolished Chrome
  • Velvet Aged Bronze
  • White
  • Polished Chrome/White

Pfister’s list is vast, but not all of their products are available in every finish. However, the company does a phenomenal job when it comes to pairing design and finish, so all you have to do is choose the kitchen faucet that matches your personality.

Regardless of the brand or manufacturer you choose, you have access to a wide variety of products designed to suit just about any décor, style, personality, or theme. Whether you want a classic style and finish, something with a contemporary twist, or something bold that you have never seen anywhere else, it is possible with every one of these kitchen faucet brands.

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