Our powder bathroom faucet dilemma… Part of me wasn’t really sure if I should dedicate an entire blog post just to picking out this faucet, but since it caused me to spend countless hours deciding on it, I figured I should make one in hope that it helps you. If you’ve missed out on what I’m talking about regarding this powder bathroom, you can start with this post here.
Once I figured out vanity, floors, and countertops (which I’ll go into detail another day) it was time for me to decide on the faucet. This decision seems easy when you say it, but when it came down to actually choosing something for our space, I was stumped! Let me explain why.
All the elements I had picked out so far were leaning really masculine. What I mean by this is if you take the whole room in, it just feels like a man’s space. I didn’t want it to feel like too much of any one thing. Basically I wanted to create a mix of old and new, feminine and masculine. After all, both men and women will be using this space. So if we break it down, I had already chosen black countertops, and a very dark antiqued coffee colored vanity. Both MANLY! (I mean how do you think I sold Will on letting me do this remodel in the first place?!) The floors were the only thing that could be considered “feminine” but even the hex shape to me lended more masculine than feminine. So, I had it in my head that I was looking for a feminine looking faucet to balance out all the masculine details of the room.
It gets even more complicated when I tell you that I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone and get a living finish metal, Unlacquered brass to be exact. If you don’t know what I mean by that you can read what that is here. I have never had any experience owning something that would age and patina, but I was absolutely up for it. Having a finish that changes into this gorgeous, copper toned color and only gets better with time was really, really appealing to me.
So with that being said, I was on the hunt for an unlacquered brass faucet that looked feminine. Whew. Easier said than done. I finally narrowed it down to two options.
They are both going to be unlacquered brass so you really can’t judge it based on how the picture appears here. I think this threw me off at times because Option 1 obviously looks better from a coloring standpoint. Option 2 will patina into the same coloring as option 1 appears right now but it’s hard to visualize that here. So I had to make a decision based on the shape alone. Instead of typing out all the comparisons here, I made a comparison chart to show you my thoughts on the two faucets.
As you can see, I love the feminine details of option 1, but option 2 is more rare to find. There were only about 3 unlacquered brass, bridge faucets that I could find on the internet. And for some reason, that specific combination quickly sent these faucets into the thousand(s) dollar range and that just wasn’t in the budget for us. Ultimately what led to our decision was two things.
Will and rarity. Will loved this faucet (option 2) from the beginning. I kept showing him the feminine one (option 1) and trying to convince him that it’s better, but he kept telling me it was too common. He meant that it is much easier to find a faucet that has 3 holes. They are everywhere! But finding a bridge faucet was extremely hard to do. There was an another pro I forgot to mention earlier with having a bridge faucet. It would mean our countertops wouldn’t have another hole cut out in it, which means we could enjoy and see more of that precious natural stone.
FLOORS | VANITY | FAUCET | LIGHTS | MIRROR
PAINT: FARROW & BALL DOWNPIPE Color matched at SHERWIN WILLIAMS
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And just so you know, sometimes I go with what Will likes and sometimes I don’t. On bigger, more costly decisions, I almost always try to go with what he likes. Usually he is the one who pushes me to get something nicer and better quality the first time and I am usually the one trying to cheap out just to replace it in a couple years. In this situation I think he was right. It was definitely out of my comfort zone because I thought that this room was going to turn into this big, giant masculine grossness, but it doesn’t feel that way at all! I love the extra interest our faucets provide and cant wait to see it on our stone countertops one day. And yes, for impatient me, it was worth every bit of the 12 week wait!
And while we are talking about faucets, check out this roundup of beautiful faucets under $300!
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