Explore the ways that a faucet finish can change the look of a room.

Dark and dramatic. Bright and timeless. Small touches can drastically change the personality of a room. Unless you’ve done a kitchen or bath remodel, you probably haven’t witnessed the influence a faucet finish can have. While stainless steel and chrome faucets are classic for kitchens and bathrooms, other finishes can bring your unique style to your space. Let’s compare how faucet finishes can complete a room.

Kitchen Faucet Finishes: Comparing Finishes Addison Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in Arctic Stainless and Venetian Bronze

Arctic Stainless vs. Venetian Bronze
Arctic Stainless is a classic look with a glossy, silvery twist. The finish has icy undertones, which is stunning paired with earth tones found in a traditional space while shining against contrasting surrounds inherent in contemporary design, as shown here on the Addison kitchen faucet (left).

Venetian Bronze is a deeply warm and inviting finish that blends with a variety of interiors. For example, the color adds a romantic touch to the crisp lines of a contemporary kitchen. The Addison faucet, with its graceful curves and delicate beauty, is especially sophisticated in Venetian Bronze (right) against a natural white marble mosaic tile.

Bronze vs Stainless faucet finish Dryden Two-Handle Widespread Bathroom Faucet in Champagne Bronze and SpotShield Stainless

Champagne Bronze vs. SpotShield Stainless
Champagne Bronze makes a bold, eloquent statement. The look of muted, brushed gold feels modern enough to be on the cutting edge yet is warm and welcoming. Set against a neutral landscape of whites, blacks and grays, this finish makes a faucet, like Dryden (left), the star of the show in the bath.

Stainless is tried and true. The neutral, low-gloss finish looks good on anything. Here, the clean lines and geometric forms of the Dryden faucet in SpotShield Stainless pair well with the natural materials of wood and marble, resulting in a blended, transitional space.

Black Stainless Faucet Finish vs Polished Nickel finish
Pivotal Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in Black Stainless and Polished Nickel

Black Stainless vs. Polished Nickel
Black Stainless is a modern look that pairs well with darker appliance finishes and also holds its own with metals such as gold, brushed nickel and bronze. Beautiful and sophisticated, Black Stainless complements a variety of decor styles. In a contemporary kitchen, the Pivotal faucet in Black Stainless (left) captures the black of the sink and sharply contrasts the white of the countertop, backsplash and window trim.

Polished Nickel has the traditional energy and timeless look of Chrome but a warmer tone and, for many people, a more exclusive pedigree. Featuring a high gloss and a pale gold finish, Pivotal in Polished Nickel (right) provides a lively contrast and striking contemporary sophistication to the kitchen.

Matte Black vs Chrome faucet finish
Zura Two-Handle Widespread Bathroom Faucet in Matte Black and Chrome

Matte Black vs. Chrome
Matte Black is confident and dark but utterly sophisticated in its versatility with color and design styles—the neutral finish can either blend in or stand out. For example, it starkly contrasts a light sink and backsplash in the bath. On the Zura faucet (left), Matte Black collides with the bright gloss of Chrome for a stunning split finish that’s unapologetically modern.

Chrome is king of established looks in the bathroom. The cool, high gloss is at once stunning and versatile, reflecting light and brightening the room. Here, the Zura faucet (right) shares the same smooth surface as the sink and stands out against the matte gray tiles behind it.

Now it’s your turn! Take a look around your kitchen and bath and consider what styles you like best. What mood do you want to evoke? Do you want an attention-grabbing showpiece that demands to be noticed, or a more traditional finish that blends into the background to create a cohesive look? Whatever you choose for your kitchen or bath, there are a variety of finishes, so you’re sure to find something that you’ll love seeing every day.