If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, remember: the devil really is in the details. Whether you’re doing a major remodel or a more minor facelift, once you’ve blocked out your major expenses, say, for a new vessel sink and vanity, a hot tub, or an elaborate backsplash, remember that it’s the little details – like finding the perfect, artistic faucet to go with that sink! – that can really make a renovation shine.
If your bathroom remodel includes a vessel sink, you definitely want to pick a faucet to go with it before you go ahead with your project. Why? The fact that vessel sinks are raised means that their faucets have to deal with more obstacles and more obtrusions than a regular sink, in a generally more cramped space, which presents a whole host of issues that need to be taken into consideration before you start assembling. For one, the height and shape of a vessel sink means their faucets generally have to be taller, like this American Standard Serin, and have very long spigots so they can pour into the basin while allowing the stems to be installed away from the edge of the sink itself.
Short spigots can mean claustrophobic installation. While this might not ruin the look of your new sink, it definitely won’t make it; especially for sinks with broad, curved sides, make sure your faucet will comfortably clear the edge, and protrude far enough into the bowl that water won’t splash on your counter. Tall, downward angled spigots like this Euro Contemporary are great a great way to get a more compact faucet without cramping up your hardware. Unlike a faucet with a short, horizontal spigot, these direct water down toward the drain of the basin without obstructing your hand room, and spray at enough of an angle that the tip of the spigot can be fairly close to the edge of the sink without too much splashing.
But there are even more practical reasons to consider a faucet as an equal factor to the sink in your initial budget, rather than something to buy with whatever’s left. Not only will you be sure to get both a sink and a faucet that you love while staying inside your budget, but knowing what faucet you’re going to be installing can be crucial in choosing a vanity, too. Because the hardware holes should be pre-drilled in your counter top, you should know ahead of time how many holes you’ll need drilled, where, and what size. Most vessel faucets have a single stem and incorporated handle, but many have a single shower-style adjustable hot/cold handle, and more traditional ones like this Mico Waterfall Faucet will need three holes to accommodate the hardware.
Wall mounted faucets like this Vigo Wall Mount Sink skirt the problem with ordering your vanity, but present a whole set of (maybe more important and expensive) challenges of their own. If you’re going to install a wall mounted sink, and don’t have one already, adjusting your plumbing (read: tearing out your wall and moving your pipes around) should be your #1 time and budget consideration. And while wall mount sinks come in everything from ultra modern to antique chic, you really do need to know the size and height of your sink and the length of the faucet spigot before you get too deep into plumbing, to make sure that, when you turn it on the first time, the water will go where you want it to.
But that’s all practical stuff. Before you can start trying to figure out whether or not your faucet is going to pour water all over your bathroom every time you use it, you have a ton of shapes, styles, and sizes to choose from. Manufacturers know that beautiful, hand-crafted, artistic vessel sinks deserve unique faucets, which means there’s a huge variety of really creative options to choose from. This Fresca Trebia is really only a slight variation on the standard downward pointing spigot, but the sleek, modern design makes it look both delightfully alien and artistic – a great mate for a beautifully unusual vessel sink.
Waterfall faucets are a hugely popular mate for vessel sinks. Often, as with this Glass Vessel Sink And Waterfall Faucet, the sink itself and the glass bowl of the spigot can be coordinated across a huge variety of colors and patterns, giving the sink unit a unified look that you can’t get with any other type of faucet. The water itself, though, which falls in a gentle (minimum splash) waterfall really makes the sink something special and will dramatically set it apart from the rest of the sinks in your home.
Waterfall faucets come in a few different styles. The design of this Euro Waterfall Faucet is obviously different from the one above, but the basic mechanics are the same – the rounded, scooped spigot (usually glass, usually matching the sink) pours a gentle fall of water into the sink. Keep in mind, though, that if you like a real strong blast of water to scrub your hands in, the absence of an aerator makes for a stunning display of water, but NOT a stunning display of water pressure.
For a really funky faucet with a more traditional flow, consider something like this Kraus Mixer Faucet. While there are plenty of inverted J-shaped faucets that are perfectly elegant, Kraus’ new take on the old design has a little more pizzaz – as well as an equitable amount of water pressure. The simple lines make it an incredibly practical conversation piece that compliments very simple vessel sinks as well as bright, bold, unique ones.
If you’ve been holding out for something a little extra special, I won’t leave you empty-handed. While vessel faucets come in almost as many different designs as the sinks themselves – a genuinely expansive selection of goodies to design your bathroom around – this Toto NeoRest is far and away the most attention-grabbing one I’ve seen. While the faucet itself looks fairly simple, it’s the handle that piques my interest. Once connected, a single press to the LED button will start the flow of water; a second press will turn it off, while a long press will begin to heat the water. As the temperature rises, the color of the LED will transition from blue to red, and begin flashing when the temperature exceeds 112 degrees F and will turn off at 122 degrees to prevent scalding. As intuitive to use as it is fun to look at, this is a real “something special” finishing touch for your bathroom renovation.
Whatever you decide on, just remember that, while the sink might be the prettiest to look at, the faucet is what you and your family and guests will spend the most time interacting with, so don’t be afraid to give it as much consideration as some of the other items on your list – and don’t be afraid to get something a little wild; there are a lot of choices for a reason. If you take the time to choose the right sink and the right faucet, your new bathroom is sure to shine.
How do you budget for your home remodeling projects? Are you more about design or practicality? Have a favorite faucet? Let me know in the comments!