Bathroom hardware or more appropriately, bathroom fixtures, play an important role in creating the right look for your bathroom design. With so many choices available, these selections for your bathroom can be fun and easy if you follow a few design tips.
Bathroom fixtures are all about the faucets for sinks, showers and tubs, towel racks, rings and bars, toilet paper holders, soap dispensers and more. A few tips can help you make these decisions easier and faster.
Tip #1 Choose Safe and Environmentally Friendly Faucets
Bathroom faucets include those designed for sinks and showers. Both have three things that are important to understand before setting off to your local hardware store or shopping online.
Install Only Certified Lead Free Faucets
Look for NSF Seal of Certification
Conserve Water by Purchasing WaterSense Products
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) replacing old bathroom faucets can save home owners around 700 gallons of water per year. Look for this label to conserve your water use.
Tip #2 Overall Hardware Style Scheme
The style of your home design will determine how you intend to decorate your bathroom. This will in turn dictate the style of bathroom fixtures that will go best with your creation. The goal is to design a cohesive bathroom décor.
Traditional, Contemporary, and Transitional Styles
Tip #3 Bathroom Faucet Styles
The style of your bathroom sink will help you to eliminate specific faucets that are simply too high or the wrong style. For example, there are different faucet design considerations for a vessel style sink than those for an under the counter mounted sink that has a traditional faucet and two levers or knobs.
Sink Faucet Categories
Vessel Faucets Styles
A vessel facet is typically taller than traditional sink faucets. These are usually in the waterfall or spout style.
Shower and Tub Faucets
It’s best to match the tub/shower faucet with the sink faucet.
If you prefer a special showerhead, such as a rain showerhead, then stick with the same finish so it will match the rest of the tub hardware.
Tip #4 Fixture Metals and Finishes
Popular Fixture/Hardware Metal and Finishes
Most metal finishes used in bathroom fixtures are available in brushed, satin, polished, antiqued and satin. The metal finishes can be high-end expensive solid metals or plated metals known as PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating of thin layers of metals, such as aluminum, chromium, titanium, and other metals.
Copper, Brass, stainless steel, nickel, chrome, Porcelain, vitreous china, etc are used in many bathroom fixtures.
Tip #5 Towel Racks, Rings, or Bars
The number one rule for placing towel racks, rings, or bars is that they should be near the bathroom fixtures, such as sink and tub/shower. This ensures the towels are conveniently accessible whenever these two areas area used.
Tip #6 Toilet Paper Holders
The toliet paper holder is usually a necessity that isn’t given much thought other than the finish.
Tip #7 Grab Bars for Toilets, Showers, and Bathtubs
Tip #8 Options for Soap and Toothbrushes
Bathroom Hardware Tips Save Time and Money
These tips for bathroom hardware can save you time and money and guide you to making the best choices for your bathroom design. Selecting the best style for your home interior means you’ll enjoy the finished look for years to come.