Faucet Finish Trends

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From its shape, style and finish, a faucet should blend seamlessly into the design of the overall space. In addition to personal preference, geography can influence particular design trends, even down to faucet finish. 

According to the NAHB Research Center, a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders, depending on where you live, there are certain finish trends that are most commonly used in luxury-home construction.

In the Northeast, Chrome is king, while in the Southeast and Mountain regions, Bronze is popular for kitchen faucets and Polished Nickel for the bathroom.  “People in these regions tend to incorporate natural living materials into their kitchens, like stone and exposed wood, which calls for a more weathered finish like Bronze,” said Lou Rohl, CEO and Managing Partner of ROHL LLC.  “In the bathroom, Polished Nickel is popular because it withstands tarnish, corrosion and water spots.”

The overall style of a home can also dictate a faucet’s finish. In Southern California, where Mediterranean architecture lends itself to a more ornate faucet design with a Bronze finish, ROHL’s Perrin & Rowe® Single Lever Single Hole Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray (U.4746) in English Bronze is extremely popular, while in the Northeast, this same faucet will also be used, but in Satin Nickel finish.

As an industry, the popularity of polished finishes, whether in Polished Chrome or Polished Nickel in both the kitchen and the bath, has been making a comeback. In 2012, the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) saw a 20% increase in its members specifying faucets in these finishes as opposed to faucets in a matte or brushed finish.

For designer Laurie Haefele, Haefele Design, the design aesthetic of the space almost always dictates the finish. “For a contemporary space, the faucet should be clean and simple, almost architectural. I usually tend to choose faucets in Polished Chrome or Polished Nickel as it is an easy way to match the light fixtures to the faucet. It’s one of those details that helps create a Zen cohesiveness – when you have a soft flow of materials and colors, everything works together.”  Haefele incorporated this same look and feel in a California kitchen design using the ROHL Modern Architectural Side Lever Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet (LS59L-2) in Polished Chrome.

To coordinate with these distinct differences, ROHL offers faucets that blend with traditional, transitional and modern designs. For a complete overview of the collection, go to www.rohlhome.com.


ROHL LLC offers high-end, luxury faucets, sinks and fixtures for America’s finest homes, resorts and hospitality projects. Headquartered in Irvine, California, ROHL has helped thoughtful homeowners and designers create personal expressions of authentic product for 30 years. Anchored in traditional family values, trust, integrity and innovation, the ROHL leadership possesses a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit that extends through the organization.

ROHL’s strength comes from a synergy of family and friendship in partnership with suppliers and customers. From Traditional to Transitional to Modern, the ROHL line includes a wide range of top-quality faucets, fixtures, shower components and accessories. Sourced from Western Europe, New Zealand and North America, each is crafted to ROHL’s rigid specifications and is uniquely tailored for each residential or commercial project. For more information on ROHL, please visit www.rohlhome.com.

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