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When you’re planning a kitchen or bathroom, the type of faucet you choose should fit your style, needs and decor.

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.

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