Turning It On
When selecting your new faucet, decide what type of water activation system best suits you.
- Two-handled faucets offer a classic look. They give you more control over precise water flow and temperature.
- Single-handled faucets work well with a more contemporary or modern design.
- Hands-free faucets have an activation sensor that turns on and off with a wave of motion. This is quite convenient when your hands are dirty and you don’t want to touch anything.
- You can turn on some water faucets by simply touching the arch without using a handle.
Remember to match your sink and faucet style to the rest of the room for continuity.
- Modern faucets typically fare well in kitchen and bath spaces with clean lines and sleek looks. Look for faucets with high arches, pull-down designs and single-lever handles.
- Neutral colors, soft curves and a combination of traditional and modern styles are the hallmarks of transitional decor. Consider faucets that complement wood and metal elements.
- Traditional decor highlights ornate details and classic or vintage looks. Focus on chrome, stainless steel and oil-rubbed bronze for materials.
How you use your sink and what’s in the surrounding area affects how high your faucet spout should be.
- When you typically use your sink for hand washing or rinsing small objects, a low spout height is a practical choice and also provides a more traditional look.
- If you frequently use your sink for washing large pots and pans, consider a high-arch faucet to provide enough clearance.
- Pull-down faucets make it easy to access objects deep within your sink. A high-arch with a pull-down feature makes it easy to rinse those hard to reach corners.