I’m a pretty observant person. After all, it’s my job to be observant. All Designers are. You could say it’s an inborn trait.
We pick up on nuances, hints, subtleties, etc., because they make a difference in our work. We know that putting a cup pull on a cabinet drawer will lend more character, as well as telegraph the style of a kitchen far better than a plain D pull. Sure it’s a seemingly small and — maybe even — insignificant detail, but it’s one that helps design the development of a larger story.
When a designer walks into a client’s home for the first time, we look beyond what you’re telling us you want by observing what you have and how you’re living in your home. Sometimes these observations tells us more than your words can, which provides us with helpful information we’ll be able to use as we come up with design plans and solutions for you.
This year, while I was walking through the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), I was looking for new and interesting products, as well as patterns or repetitions in manufacturers’ offerings.
In other words: I was looking to spot a trend.
One of the trends I noticed was the application of black finishes on faucets. Really, every time I’d turn a corner I saw more faucets with black finishes. They were everywhere!
Sometimes finishes are the absolute bane of my existence.
Antique brass from one manufacturer may look like a dull brass; whereas with another manufacturer, it may appear almost bronze or brown. Then you’ll see another manufacturer’s version and it will look more copper-like. In order to determine what they really look like, you really have to look at the samples, not rely on manufacturer descriptions.
Oh, and btw: If you think that finishes aren’t similar looking between plumbing fixture manufacturers, check out the differences between plumbing and hardware, or plumbing and lighting.
I always want a product to offer as many choices in finishes as possible; because, sometimes, you’ll wind up with one that’s just a hair off from what you’re needing.
And when you're wanting your design work to be perfect, “a hair” can make all the difference in the world.
Enough of my rambling. Check out some of these gorgeous kitchens and baths with black faucets below. I think this is a finish that's here to stay.