Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What’s Hot in Faucets: Top Finishes and Styles

According to a reputable source we frequent from time to time — the National Kitchen & Bath Association — bathroom faucet finishes influence a majority of homeowners purchases, especially satin finishes. It appears that satin/brushed nickel faucets are on the rise due in part to the fact that fingerprints and scratches are less obvious. In other trend news: bronze and oil-rubbed bronze, polished chrome (always a top seller thanks to its timelessness) and polished nickel remain high in terms of popularity. And our sell-through proves it!

Fresca Brand’s Dual Role

In the DecorPlanet.com product portfolio, faucets play a significant role. We’ve got lots! In particular, our Fresca faucets have dual significance. The Fresca brand is what we choose to pair with the bathroom vanities we sell. Because of their popularity, our customers (yes, you the homeowner) can now purchase any of our Fresca brand faucets on an individual basis. How great is that? And, in keeping with the latest hoopla for faucets with a chrome finish — our modern, masculine appeal Fresca Isarus centerset chrome vanity/bathroom faucet is made from heavy-duty brass. Another fave, Fresca Bevera Single Handle Chrome Vanity/Bathroom Faucet, is featured as an option on almost all modern bathroom vanities we sell.
On the topic of what works and what doesn’t, a designer survey that recently crossed our desk revealed the following faucet tidbits:
  • Urban areas vs. less urban. There’s a design differential between the two which translates to preferences. There’s more of a demand for contemporary bathroom products in urban areas while in less urban areas, traditional remains the norm.
  • In today’s marketplace, there are even more products described as “transitional.” These designs are the result of in-between contours of contemporary and traditional styling. Homeowners (and home builders) have found that transitional bathroom products fit well in most interiors.
  • Sink choices affect faucet choices. If you’re thinking of a remodel or just want to add some zip to a tired bathroom, a new faucet is a small change with a lot of zing. Bear in mind that your sink design determines whether you require a widespread, single hole or wall mount.