Spouting Words: All About Faucets
November 25, 2018
An underestimated feature of any bathroom or kitchen.
From washing our hands to washing the vegetables, to cool, clear tap water, the unassuming faucet is truly one of the most important workhorses in our household.
Because it gets so little attention, you’ve probably never really thought about faucets, except perhaps when the hot and cold are flipped around in an unexpected way.
When it’s time to get a new faucet, there are quite a few things to consider.
First, the anatomy. The most classic type is the center-set faucet; the handles are spaced about 10 centimeters apart, and they and the spout are one solid unit.
There is widespread faucet in which the spout and handles are separate units; ostensibly, you could set the handles in even closer than 10 centimeters, but you’ll usually space them far away, to keep the nomenclature intact.
Single hole faucets are those with only one handle, which goes from cold to hot; this handle is often positioned above the spout.
Finally, there are wall-mounted faucets. As you can probably guess, these are installed in the wall instead of into the counter or sink.
The anatomy of your faucet will almost always be precluded by the type of faucet you had in the space before unless you want to really delve into new faucet territory.
With anatomy out of the way, you can start looking at the color of your faucet, and there are so many to choose from!
You can go for a classic chrome look, or you could opt for something a little funkier like brass or bronze. Nickel is another popular choice, in contrast to a cooler-toned chrome.
Black is becoming more and more popular, exuding a formal, striking contrast with the lighter tones you’ll likely find throughout the rest of your bathroom or kitchen. For those feeling royal, you can even opt for gold faucets!
The style of your faucet will also be relevant.
Modern faucets often come in sleek, angular, striking designs; they can be a statement piece all on their own. Retro faucets, with their ornate handles and more complex shapes, will also draw the eye.
You can go for a more traditional faucet style, using chrome to not draw too many eyebrows, allowing other statement pieces to stand out. You could even opt for an automated faucet that doesn’t even have any handles, though that won’t be convenient if you want tight control over cold and hot.
No matter what style of faucet you choose, what its anatomy is, or how it’s colored, it will be lonely without a beautiful countertop to accompany it.
With all the work it puts in, you don’t want it to be lonely, do you?
Reward your faucet’s good work with beautiful countertops and enjoy the happy sounds of water pouring out of the spout. You deserve it.