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Faucets: High or Low Profile? Yay or Nay

Waterworks faucets

I’m actually afraid to write this post because I know y’all will post all kinds of links to faucets that I love that might be even better and I just placed my order this week, I just haven’t had time to write this post sooner.

As many of you know, I am renovating all three of my bathrooms this summer. The master (which I’m calling ‘my’ bathroom, the main bathroom (Terreeia’s) and the powder room. The tile and plumbing fixtures have all been ordered.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that my tile is mostly white with a hit of black which is in Terreeia’s bathroom only. She loves black and white.

When I started shopping for faucets in ernest, I was once again dismayed the number of ugly faucets out there.

It’s the same with lighting. The reason why there is so much ugly lighting installed in homes today, is because there are so many bad light fixtures available on the market.

It took me years to get good at sourcing lighting. At the very end of my Specify Colour with Confidence events, if there’s time, I have a power point presentation with the headline “10 lessons I learned in 15 years of decorating”.

I show photos of some of the very first rooms I decorated. As Terreeia likes to say “Every master was once a disaster”.

The first chandelier I chose for one of my first decorating clients, they hated, and quickly replaced with a different one. The next time I arrived, there was a totally different chandelier hanging in their dining room.

So one of the lessons I learned was ‘How to source lighting’. I actually show a slide with a photo of a dining room where you can still see the hole in the ceiling where the chandelier should be. AND it’s an after picture. I was hoping my client wouldn’t notice that I had not selected a dining room chandelier for him because I was scared the same thing would happen as with my previous client, haha.

Anyway, back to faucets.

I’ll show you the one I chose at the end of this post, but 6 years ago when my Mom built her carriage house and I helped her select finishes and faucets, in the end, after everything was installed, we liked the powder room faucet much more than the one we chose for her master ensuite, so I used that same lesson when selecting my faucets this time.

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Plus, I couldn’t find another one I liked more that wasn’t crazy expensive, so I just chose the same one for both bathrooms. It will also provide continuity in both bathrooms.

I’m grateful that I can bite the bullet and renovate all three bathrooms at the same time (I certainly don’t want to go through this again next year) however many homeowners often renovate one bathroom at a time and you’ll often notice, when house hunting, that each bathroom looks like it was renovated in a different era.

For example, one might be brown, because that was the tuscan trend, and then a few years later, it’s grey because now the grey trend is here. Now you’ve moved in and maybe the previous homeowners had one bathroom left that is still from the 80’s and now that black is the new grey, you decide to introduce black tile in the last bathroom. Are you getting the picture?

Well, it certainly validates my argument for why all bathrooms should be white or cream, period.

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I always notice faucets in hotels because we travel so often. It is extremely rare that I like them.

There is an overabundance of high profile faucets on the market, but I prefer a lower profile.

I have also seen many high profile faucets combined with sinks that are too small. So the water hits the front side of the sink, which highlights that the sink is too small for that style of faucet.

I don’t like modern or contemporary faucets. Nothing wrong with them, I simply prefer the more traditional look of a low profile faucet that you would expect to find in a vintage bathroom with hex tile floors and subway tile walls.

Okay so here are some of the low profile (or low arc) faucets I considered:

Restoration Hardware

I loved the cross handles and low profile this one (above) but was told that the parts came from China and were not the best quality. So I kept looking.

Dina Holland Interiors

I also really like this Kohler faucet (above) but I already installed it in a client’s home last year (that reveal still to come) and thought I should be a little more original than just choosing the exact same faucet for my bathrooms.

I also liked this Waterworks Faucet but not more than the one I chose in the end (below).

Kohler Pinstripe

I’m getting this style with the cross handles but without the pinstripe option (shown above).

Chrome for my bathroom and polished nickel for Terreeia’s bathroom.  I plan to introduce gold in the framed mirror, wall lighting scones and the vanity hardware. Terreeia’s bathroom will be all polished nickel.

So there it is. The end of my faucet search. I chose an entirely different faucet for my powder room but that will be another post for another day. My powder room is right beside my laundry room so I want it to be a place where I can cut flowers and fill vases from the garden. It will definitely have a high profile faucet.

All of these faucets are expensive. If you have a low profile or low arc faucet that you love, please post the link in the comments below!

Thank you in advance for your comments. They will make this post a really great resource for my readers who love to research thoroughly before making a decision.  Unfortunately, I am not that person, I make decisions much faster and live with the consequences, thankfully, my good taste helps in that department, haha.

I’m getting excited. . . I have never had a new bathroom in all my 50 years!

PS. My 50 Gifts for turning 50 giveaway continues, go here to enter. The winner will be announced July 1.

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  • Avatar s mattes says:

    How timely-I have been going through a faucet search and reached the same conclusions. I loved the Kohler you picked, but am on very tight budget. I found a similar fixture by Toto- not the same heft and quality, but acceptable for my purposes.
    After reading this post, I feel my choice affirmed. Using your ebooks and following your posts have given me clear guides and made decisions much easier and results reflect you excellent eye.
    Thank you

  • Avatar Stacy Wiegman says:

    My advice about faucets after renovating 7 homes is that you will not be happy in the long run with a low profile faucet in the bathroom. It’s frustrating to lean over a sink to wash your face and bump the faucet. They’re also harder to clean underneath. I will never have another low profile faucet in the bathroom again. There is a middle ground where you aren’t going super high (which I prefer) if you don’t want the high profile. You say that you don’t like high profile because they don’t work with a small sink, and my answer to that is get a bigger sink. A small sink in the bathroom is also frustrating! They may be cute but they’re not practical, and a bathroom is about luxury and pampering. I love this one from restoration hardware: https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/category/products.jsp? cellBackground=false&link=Vintage&categoryId=cat1556041. For top quality, you can’t beat Grohe: https://www.grohe.us/en_us/geneva-three-hole-basin-mixer-1-2-2080100A.html. People may gasp at paying $400 plus for a faucet, but they are quality and beauty. They are so beautiful that you can ignore everything else when you see a Grohe faucet.

    • Maria Killam Maria Killam says:

      Thanks Stacy your point is totally valid. . . luckily I don’t clean the bathrooms, my housekeeper does 🙂 Maria

    • Avatar Susan says:

      Interesting that you would claim people “may gasp at $400 plus”, yet when I looked up the Grohe faucet, I found it was actually $500 plus after tax. Yes, I would be gasping too at the hundred dollar “difference” after already “fudging” on a faucet budget. Perhaps the quality is a valid argument, but I don’t think the Grohe look/design is worth the price.

  • Avatar MJM says:

    Kohler’s a good brand.
    I like the Kohler Pinstripe without the pinstripe detail too. Only thing I didn’t like is the shower fittings. I’m considering Kohler’s new Composed collection (with the levers). Very clean and simple.

  • Avatar Shawna says:

    I personally like high profile faucets, but agree that you need a big enough sink. I’ve never seen the water hitting the front side of the sink, but have seen a lot of splashing when the sink is too shallow. Shallow sinks and low profile faucets aren’t any better because there is barely any space to wash your hands. I’ve also seen low profile faucets that were set too far back which made hand washing awkward as your hands hit the back of the sink when trying to keep them under the stream of water.
    I only have one bathroom so I wanted high profile for the added versatility. I ended up with the Moen Kingsley faucet and like the traditional little ‘H’ and ‘C’ on the handles. The Kingsley comes in both high and low profile versions. I like the look of cross handles, but find levers easier to use.

  • Avatar Jo says:

    We purchased Newport Brass Astor (in polished chrome but their chrome is very warm, looks like nickel) for our powder room and absolutely love it. Not dissimilar to your purchase. We purchased Rohl Country Collection for the hall and master bathrooms and while we liked them a lot in hindsight we wished we had put the Newport Brass in all three. Lesson learned.

  • Avatar Alison says:

    In the past twelve months I replaced my kitchen low profile taps and spout because they were basically rubbish. I now have a love high profile sexy looking spout but boy does it splash. It does not hit the front of the sink at all but we now find the sink is not deep enough for the force of water. Plumber who installed the tap set said the sink was lightweight and a builder’s standard. Next job replace the sink. It is the old story of once you start it seems everything needs doing!

  • Avatar Joan says:

    We chose Kohler faucets for our kitchen and two bathrooms and have been very pleased with all three. A bit more contemporary then yours but fit our home well. We purchased them from a plumbing supply company when I found out the big box stores sell the same styles but not as well made. Our plumber recommended Kohler and I am so happy we went with his suggestion. You get trouble free fixtures that are worth every penny and will last for decades. That’s why it’s such a challenge to pick the “right” faucet. But when you do, it’s a pleasure to use them every day.

  • Avatar Nancy says:

    Maria
    Nice choice ! Can’t wait to see all the bathrooms
    When they are finished.
    Love the chrome timeless .
    Happy Summer !

  • Avatar Lorri says:

    They say that repetition of design elements is what separates the great houses from the good houses . . . so choosing the same faucets for the baths like you did at your mom’s makes sense.

    It’s okay for a powder room to be different.

  • Avatar Peggy says:

    I don’t think I’ll ever get a high-profile faucet again. It seems like every guest that uses our powder room must be used to having their hands right at the spigot and are too busy looking at themselves in the mirror to notice that they are splashing water all over the countertop behind the faucet!

  • Avatar Joanne Michael says:

    Home is where the heart is. You chose well (again), dear Maria.

    Thank you for the tutorial. Sometimes it’s all about the process; the results are worthwhile.

  • Avatar Brenda says:

    I think I prefer lower profile but only because of this story: My friend and I went to a restaurant for lunch one day and of course, I had to use the restroom. When I went to wash my hands afterwards, I turned the high-profile faucet on, the water ran full blast (not my intention!), hit the sink in entirely the wrong spot and the water backfired out of the sink and went down the front of me! I went back to my table soaked! Gah! Why!?! How could this even happen!!!??? Play it safe and go low… low…low…

  • Avatar Koel says:

    I was a bit curious about the fact that you would have a chrome faucet with golden hardware , light scones and mirror. So we can mix gold and chrome ? Any rules/tips for that. Can’t wait to see the final pictures of your bathrooms

    • Avatar Kay says:

      My French stove mixes chrome and stainless steel with polished brass, and it’s gorgeous. It’s a Lacanche, if you want to look it up.

  • Avatar Kay says:

    The faucet you chose is lovely and definitely has a more traditional feel. I too prefer a lower faucet in the bathroom. The only reason I can think of for a high one is if you like to wash your hair in the sink–but who does that any more? I’ve used higher faucets in hotels, combined with smallish sinks, and I find brushing my teeth and washing my face to be very awkward–just not enough room when I lean over, and the lack of room causes water to splash out. If the sink is big, there’s no problem.

    I love polished nickel but read that keeping it nice is difficult in hard water areas. Also, in our small house I felt it important to stick to the same finish in the kitchen and main bathroom. The bathroom faucet is a Moen, I think. It’s a teapot faucet–not your style, but I love it. No problems at all in more than ten years. The kitchen faucet is a Rohl. Quite pricey, but I could not find the look I wanted in a less expensive faucet. It’s high enough to fill large vases and pots, but low enough not to get in the way when I swing the windows in for cleaning. Kitchen faucets have gotten so high that I wonder whether extravagant height will look dated at some point. But they’re not difficult to replace, so I guess it doesn’t matter.

    Will look forward to seeing your finished bathrooms! I’m sure they’ll be beautiful.

  • Avatar VIcki says:

    We renovated guest bath in October. I had custom vanity (sort of) built to hold a rectangular vessel sink installed recessed like a farm sink and used a lower profile Moen Rothbury faucet with a single handle.
    https://www.efaucets.com/detail.asp?Product_ID=S6202&ca=gpsl&CAWELAID=949815769&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=39613989549&CATCI=pla-158837448785&gclid=CN_huKTwtNQCFU9ZhgodmdgPmA

    The sink was an American Standard Loft …used Cambria remnant for counter, shower seat, and niche bottom…

  • Avatar Michele says:

    I’ve often said the key to a happy marriage is separate bathrooms! 😉

  • Avatar Tracy says:

    I like the lower faucet. Mostly I want the faucet to extend far enough into the sink so that I can wash my face by just using my hands/soap/water and not have water end up splashed all over the counters.

  • Avatar Rosemary says:

    I like, they’re stylish and pretty. Wouldn’t be so good if you had arthritis in your hands, trying to turn handles can be painful. I like that they come in different finishes too.

  • Avatar Sandra says:

    When we did our master bath, I chose the Canterbury (SLW 4512) faucet by Symmons, low profile, traditional in polished chrome. I loved the faucets so much that when we moved, I took them with me! My husband’s a plumber! https://www.symmons.ca/global/product-items/2015/08/17/06/48/symmons-two-handle-widespread-lavatory-faucet-slw-4512

    Last year in our new house, I chose a different faucet for the 1st floor main family bath. This time I went with the Boardwalk faucet by Moen. Again, low profile, traditional in chrome. http://www.moen.ca/boardwalk/chrome-two-handle-low-arc-bathroom-faucet/_/R-CA-CONSUMER%3AWS84820

    And right now, I’m doing the bath in the lower level. This bath will have a more casual feel, but I’m a girl who likes continuity so I’ve opted for Moen Boardwalk again but this time the single handle. http://www.moen.ca/boardwalk/chrome-one-handle-bathroom-faucet/_/R-CA-CONSUMER%3AWS84805

    • Maria Killam Maria Killam says:

      Beautiful! Thanks for posting these, it really adds to the post for everyone else! Maria

  • Avatar Colleen Coleman says:

    Perfect selection with Kohler Pinstripe! I can’t wait to see the finished bathrooms!

  • Avatar Brenda says:

    I have this irrational quirk that prevents me from cutting more than one faucet hole in a new counter, I just don’t want to do it. So after reading your post I went looking for a low profile traditional (ish) faucet that only needs one hole. I found one Moen faucet but they are few and far between. Even though my husband and I are in our Fit Fifties I am starting to think of universal design so the lever on a one hole faucet comes into play. But your post is helpful to me because I still want my choices to be Timeless.

  • Avatar Penny says:

    I had my heart set on polished nickel without blowing my new build budget. I found the Delta Cassidy low profile and used in all bathrooms. I am extremely pleased with the look and feel. So far (3 years) they are holding up just fine. Looking forward to seeing your bathrooms, Maria!

  • Avatar mrsben says:

    Love the appearance of low profile but admit for all four of my bathrooms I went with a single faucet and do ‘not’ regret it one little bit namely due to maintenance. They did take awhile to source as I wanted something with traditional styling and opted for a polished nickel finish in something very similar in design as to what you have chosen. (i.e.: In stem and spout profiles.) To conclude; I haven’t had any problem with over-splash as all sinks are under-mounted and reasonably deep and did I mention that they are a breeze to keep clean? Oh what a difference … big smiley face!!!!!! Looking forward to the reveal of your finished projects as I am sure they will be beautiful. -Brenda-
    P.S.: Love too that they allow for more counter-space.

    • Avatar Carina says:

      This is exactly what I’m looking for! Could you please provide the source of your faucet?

      • Avatar mrsben says:

        Hi Carina: It is my pleasure to share the source with you. Actually I chose two different styles both made by Pfister Faucets and recommend to get a better feel of their designs/contours; have a peek at their ‘wide spread’ views. The first one is the ‘Arterra’ best described as elegant in style which paired beautifully with Kohler’s ‘Archer’ under-mount sinks (and my vintage glass vanity knobs) plus I had no problem in co-ordinating a bathtub spout/drain or toilet tank handle that would go with them. The second style; was ‘Park Avenue’ whose spout lacks a curved contour which I chose namely for simplicity (went in a bathroom that my hubby most frequently uses) yet it appears very traditional perhaps because of its PN finish. As to where to purchase; many showrooms carry them however I purchased mine online from Faucet Direct.com (U.S.A.) and was more than pleased with their pricing and customer servicing (regardless that I live in Canada). To summarize; the photos of them do not do them justice and what drew me to them was; their lever appears solid in aesthetics and they were sturdy in feel. -Brenda-
        P.S.: I am not a spokes person for them BUT if they should happen to read this comment; I will be shortly in the market for a new kitchen faucet. They can contact Maria for my emails address … winks.

  • Avatar Stacy says:

    Glad you found something suitable. I think it would have been perfectly fine to have used the same faucet you chose for a client. I made a regretful decision once over choosing something different than what I preferred to put in my home nearly ten years ago and am still living with what I don’t love, all because I didn’t want to appear that I was copying someone else. It was simply that what I wanted was timeless.

  • Avatar Mary-Illinois says:

    Hi Maria,
    When we renovated our master bath 10 years ago, we installed a high profile bridge faucet. It has a vintage look to it. My husband liked it because the spout swivels. He uses it to wet his hair in the morning. Now that we’ve had it for a while I’m wondering if it was meant for a kitchen. Ha! Oh well.
    We did our guest bathroom a couple of years later & installed a low profile 8″ spread Kohler faucet. I don’t remember which one it is but it’s very similar to your pick. I remember I liked it because it felt heavy in my hand.
    The type of facet that comes as a 4″ centerset look “builder-grade” to me. I’m surprised that I see them being used in bathroom renos on other blogs.
    Will you be showering at your mom’s house while all of your bathrooms are under construction? I hope you at least have a toilet to use while all this is going on.

  • Avatar Mary-Illinois says:

    I meant to ask what you think of wall mounted faucets. They certainly make it easy to wipe down the counter.

    • Maria Killam Maria Killam says:

      I do like them but they are too modern for my taste! Yes we will be showering at my moms!
      Thanks for your comment Mary!
      x
      Maria

  • Avatar Carol Ann says:

    In our all-white bathroom (thank you, thank you Maria), with hex tile on the floor and subway tile in the shower (thank you, thank you Maria), I would have liked that Kohler faucet which would have perfectly matched our Kohler sinks BUT I went with the Riobel Edge in chrome because of ease of cleaning (I hate cleaning!) and ease of manoeuvrability for ageing-in-place. You can’t beat Riobel’s quality either.

  • Big Congrats !!!? on turning 50 you look FAB … and on finally having new baths ! I remember your post on the powder laundry room bath I can’t wait to see them ! I love black in baths most of my favorites have had them . Hope it all turns out well…I know it will so excited for you two.

  • Avatar Keira says:

    Would love to hear Maria’s and others’ thoughts re double vs. single faucet handles. Am wondering why double are so popular. I myself vastly prefer the single handle as I don’t have to use both hands and I usually want “medium” temperature water, not icy cold or boiling hot. Is it the traditional vs. modern look?

    • Avatar Tricia says:

      @Keira – ditto. I wonder why double handles are so popular as one handled is so easy to use. But then again, I have some family members with arthritis and some who are getting up there in age, starting to have mobility issues, and have worked with a gal who was in a car accident and became paraplegic, so my viewpoint is probably a little more practical (most renos should have more of a universal and/or adaptive design) and maybe a bit less “just pretty” aesthetic.

      • Maria Killam Maria Killam says:

        Tricia, I chose two handles STRICTLY because I love the look. I have a housekeeper so I don’t need to worry about cleaning and well, as a designer, I’m willing to give up complete ease of use for pretty. . . it comes with the territory.

        The first question I ask when making a decision about anything is ‘Will it be pretty?’.

        And for some people function is first, I get it, nothing wrong with that.

        I had a single lever faucet all picked out for Terreeia’s bathroom until we went on a trip and she saw a 2 handled faucet she loved, she came back from the restroom and said “I get it, I’m okay with the widespread faucet”.

        That’s how I ended up with both faucets being the same, hooray!
        Thanks for your comment,
        Maria

  • Avatar Connie Lawson says:

    I would love to upgrade all of the bathroom faucets in our now home as they seem to be only builder grade. We are military and have moved too many times to keep upgrading each home. In my final home, I want a medium profile, one handle faucet that is timeless. I do not like having two handles as I prefer to not scald my hands nor wait for the temp to be just right and I find them much easier to clean around. The low profile seems to be too hard to wash my face without splashing water all over.

  • Avatar Tammara says:

    Personally, I prefer a higher profile, makes it easier when washing my face! However, to each their own, your selections are beautiful. When renovated two of my tiny bathrooms (5×7) in the 1941 home, I went with a high and low profile, just to switch things around – this was done over 10 years and both bathrooms still look fresh. Thanks for the wonderful blog.

  • Avatar Barbara says:

    Take a look at Rejuvenation’s Watermark Line.

  • Avatar Schalene says:

    I hope you have a third bathroom to use while the renovations are underway! We have three full baths and a powder. We did the powder and two full baths at one time. And the master last but right after so we had one bathroom to use. We needed a plumber and electrician for all but one renovation because we moved plumbing and added more lighting.

    Faucets are like the jewelry in a bath so the decisions are so personal. I like a mid- or high-profile with a single hole required in the counter. I find one lever/handle easier to operate when washing your face, etc.

    Can’t wait to see your after photos. You save us thousands by not picking trendy tile and sticking with subway tile and letting other things, more easily changed in the future, be the stars.

    Schalene

  • Avatar Kim says:

    Beautiful choice Maria! I prefer a more modern faucet with a high profile and ease of cleaning is a must for me. Cleaning is easier with a single lever, curved line rather than squared, and the least amount of grooves possible. To that end we recently installed this one in my husband’s BR: http://www.us.kohler.com/us/Alteo-single-handle-bathroom-sink-faucet/productDetail/sink-faucets/925554.htm?skuId=925513&brandId=431618 It functions very well, looks great and is super easy to clean.

    When we eventually renovate my BR, I will most likely choose one of these 2 faucets: http://www.us.kohler.com/us/Forte-single-hole-bathroom-sink-faucet-with-sculpted-lever-handle/productDetail/sink-faucets/424186.htm?skuId=404932&brandId=1152510 or https://www.ferguson.com/product/delta-faucet-lahara-single-handle-lavatory-faucet-with-lever-handles-polished-chrome-d538mpudst/_/R-3986280?skuId=3986280

  • Avatar Lucy HAINES says:

    Good feedback on this post. Love reading everyone’s comments. When we moved into our present home we gutted almost everything. We made the vanity higher which is standard now. I couldn’t make up my mind about low profile vs high profile or even chrome vs brass sooo I found a Delta faucet that is slightly arched and has a combo of both chrome and brass. We have had them for 17 years with no problems other than the plunger in one broke. They look like the day we bought them and I put them in all three bathrooms. I would buy them again because they are transitional.

  • Avatar Claudia Denholm says:

    I recently remodeled my bathroom, and I chose high-profile faucets for my double sink vanity, very much like the ones in the top photo, on the right, although in a different finish.
    Why? Because all I’ve ever had in bathrooms is low profile, and I just wanted something different and fresh. Plus, I have a 6′ double vanity, and needed faucets that would stand out. I really like them, and to me they are easier to clean around.

  • Avatar Mid America Mom says:

    Lol! I love crosshatch and not too tall spout. Our gc stated it was appropriate, in chrome, for our bath (our white with touch of black vintage inspired bath). I go with chrome fixtures anytime I can as that to me seems always around.. bath or kitchen. This recent reno is no different. Oh. Moen

  • Avatar Gabriele Braun says:

    Hi Maria,
    Maybe a little late to comment here. Just wanted to say that when I remodeled my bathroom I had the sink already picked and went to a specialty plumming/bathroom store. The representative helped me pick the right faucet. I learned that the stream of water is supposed to hit in the middle of the sink. With the spec sheet of the sink and faucet he drew up schematics to see where the water would hit the sink. This way I was able to pick a combination that works well.
    And as an idea if you are left with one extra hole in your counter when you have to replace the faucet: how about putting a soap dispenser in?

  • Avatar Truly says:

    You made great choices! I know you can mix metals in a bathroom, but imo you should stick to all chrome. It would look cleaner and calmer.

  • Avatar Barbara says:

    We’re building a Craftsman style home and I found a 1950’s resealed, cast iron pedestal sink that we’re putting in our powder room. We love its timeless style. We felt going with a traditional cross handle faucet would go best. I chose Mirabelle’s Boca Raton low profile sink faucet in chrome. Putting in white marble octagon tile (w/the black dot accent) and a vintage recessed medicine cabinet that I will strip down and repaint white once we move in.

    https://www.ferguson.com/product/mirabelle-boca-raton-3-hole-widespread-bathroom-sink-faucet-with-double-cross-handle-and-5-14-in-spout-reach-mirwscbr800/_/A-ProdFamily-392014

    In the main hall bath I’m going with the same faucet also in chrome using the high profile to change up a bit. This too will be getting white carrara marble flooring and tub surround. The vanity will be black with a carrara marble top.

    https://www.ferguson.com/product/mirabelle-boca-raton-3-hole-widespread-bathroom-sink-faucet-with-double-cross-handle-and-4-716-in-spout-reach-in-polished-chrome-mirwscbr801cp/_/R-5165018?skuId=5165018

    In our master I’m going with Kohler’s Artifacts single faucet with lever handles in polished nickel (so pretty) since it will be the ones we use daily. Also going w/the Artifact for the kitchen faucet.

    I must say that I absolutely love the Kohler Margaux you listed (contemporary & traditional at the same time) and am tempted to switch out my PR & Hall bath for these but at this point in the build I would have to change the tub fixtures, towel racks etc. and just don’t have the energy (or budget) left to do so.

    Cant wait for your final pic’s.

  • Avatar Mary T. says:

    In our all white master bathroom, we have high profile faucets, which I like because I water the plants in the sink and I can more easily clean the leaves of the plants. We also have pretty big sink basins so it looks nice. In the powder room, where the sink is smaller, we have a low profile sink, which is nice as well because it seems the water does not splash as much. They both have pros and cons.

  • Avatar Monika says:

    Have you found any single handled faucets you like? I prefer the efficiency of those. Please and thank you

  • Avatar Liz says:

    I had to buy a new faucet for a bathroom, and I will tell you that I ended up putting function first. If you have children who visit or are in the house, two handles can result in scalded little hands. It is much easier and safer for temperature control to have one handle in all faucets, even though it is not as pretty. And outside that argument, I find it bothersome to continually fiddle with the knobs to achieve an acceptable temperature.

  • Avatar Robin says:

    What was the Kohler model you put in your clients bathroom last year that you didn’t want to duplicate? I am staying glued to my iPad for your bathroom redo. We are in the final planning stage.

  • Avatar Burt Silver says:

    I really like how you talk about the different types of faucets that you like, like high profile and low profile faucets. Especially with those interesting knobs. It would be interesting to look at more faucets because my wife and I are looking into different designs for our new bathroom remodel. Hopefully, we can find something that has the look that we are going for.

  • Avatar Karen says:

    We put the Delta Trinsic widespread in chrome in our main family bath and I like it. It’s definitely more modern.
    I am looking at Delta’s new Bowery in the powder room in polished nickel. This looks almost, just like the Trinsic with a little more detail. Both are high profile faucets.
    I like the Kohler Margeaux and the Kohler Pinstripe that you posted too. I’ve read that lever handles are easier for aging in place than cross style handles. Our house is transitional so I like some of the modern lines, but I like the traditional pieces too as long as they aren’t too complicated with the details.

  • Avatar Laura says:

    Missed this post – but definitely low profile. I always end up hitting my forehead when I wash my face if the faucet is too high…totally annoying!!

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