One of the reasons I chose subway tile for our master bath project was so that I could spend the extra on the bath fittings. Here are our Kallista fittings. They are from Michael S. Smith’s Inigo collection.
Kallista is Kohler’s higher end line and worth every penny.
In our last house, we used Rohl’s Perrin and Rowe line for our faucets. The faucets come packaged in their own jewelry-like pouches and have a weight to them very different from your standard big fox faucet.
This faucet held up beautifully at our hard-working kitchen sink.
And we currently have two of these in our master bath.
I have used polished nickel, polished chrome and brushed chrome as finishes but haven’t ventured into brass finishes quite yet. I have long loved brass, even before it was popular but I am on the fence about using brass fittings.
Here is my Viaggio faucet in brass.
A completely different feel. Nothing understated about a brass faucet. For some of us they even provide a time travel vehicle to 1980.
Catchpole and Rye has a gorgeous collection of brass faucets or ‘taps’ (it is a British company). But as much as I love brass everywhere else, I prefer the polished chrome or polished nickel featured here.
Over the same faucet in brass.
Now why the stylists chose to surround the faucet with soap and flowers in the yellow/orange family is puzzling to me but regardless the brass faucet (even without its sunny props) reads sunshine yellow to me and screams, “I need attention!!! Look at me!!!”
And this is coming from brass’s biggest fan.
Now there is an exception for me. And, it’s the kitchen sink faucet.
Brook Giannetti, author, designer and blogger uses unlaquered brass faucets in her Ojai kitchen and really they are quite beautiful and not in the least bit ostentatious.
The faucet is from Barber Wilsons & Company and is likely a pretty penny. It will age over time and get that beautiful patina that I personally love about brass so much.
Kitchens seem to date faster than bathrooms and really in 10 years most kitchens need a facelift, no matter how neutral or simple or trend averse. And because of that, I would consider brass in the kitchen, the unlaquered kind that is. Of course, my brass faucet would need a Lacanche Range which means I may be sticking with the polished nickel or chrome for a long long time.