Faucets are becoming a central element of interior design. A kitchen faucet can set the tone for the entire design of the room and allow homeowners to coordinate colors and layout. And consumers have choices, homes are no longer furnished with just stainless-steel faucets.
Homeowners lean toward transitional styles – a marriage of traditional and contemporary styles – with 21% of remodels, but farmhouse style is becoming increasingly popular with 14%, according to a 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study. Consumers are mixing metals and finishes trying to create a unique look for their homes.
“Consumers are moving toward softer, cleaner lines with angular cues in the kitchen, and we are seeing more transitional and contemporary kitchens in traditional homes,” says Peggy Gallagher, Delta Faucets product manager. “Commercial spring pull-down faucets are also popular, as well as articulating and touch/touchless faucets.”
Here is an overview of the top faucet trends shaping the market in 2019.
Rather than traditional faucet designs, many consumers are moving to sleeker, angular design. The styles often contain bold elements and colors but are also modest. They are meant to dominate the room.
“Simple, contemporary design is leading the way,” said Katie Hayes, senior product manager at Danze by Gerber. “Homeowners, builders, designers, etc. like the clean lines and simple design.”
“In general, less is more,” said Jean-Jacques L’Henaff, vice president of design, LIXIL Americas.
“We see faucets favoring clean, contemporary styling with minimalist shapes that bring a feeling of calm to their environment and provide an inviting, approachable setting for the user,” he said.
Industrial and Rustic Design
Some faucet designs are leaning toward the industrial or more rustic. They resemble something you might find in a commercial kitchen, with spring coil spray heads, but they fit well with farmhouse and other current style trends. They are often finished in black metal or copper.
“While skewing a bit masculine, the industrial look can fit nicely in either contemporary or traditional settings,” says Steven Weinberg, VP of sales at California Faucets.
Focal Point of Design
Many of the bold new faucet designs are meant to be a central element in a kitchen or bathroom. The faucets are daring and meant to attract attention. They are something that a homeowner can build into a style and create a unique, inspiring look.
“These faucets have become a focal point in many kitchens and bathrooms, so style, finish, and design are more important than ever,” Hayes said
Technology and Gadgets
People love gadgets, and faucets are no different. Many consumers are looking for faucets that contain some sort of technology. The features add convenience and functionality, like the ability to deliver a specified volume of water on demand or a faucet that sprays a certain way to reduce splash. The survey in the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study found 57% of consumers wanted high-tech features in a faucet. Touchless activation was the most popular, but many people bought faucets with LED displays for temperature.
“Consumers are looking for fixtures that are not only stylish, but functional, as well,” Moen Senior Product Design Manager Tom Tylicki said. “Touchless designs are the perfect way to provide style and functionality. This technology also helps minimize the spread of dirt and germs, as there’s no need to touch the handle to start the flow of water.”
Sustainability is important to many homeowners, and showers and faucets combined account for around 23% of water usage in a home. Consumers want to find ways to reduce the environmental impact of their lifestyle, and faucet design is one way.
According to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 30% of people who purchased a new faucet stated water efficiency was part of the buying decision. Faucet manufacturers produce many different kinds of water-saving faucets, and most are stylish enough to fit into a home’s décor. They often have the WaterSense label.
“Whether homeowners are interested in meeting local water use restrictions, greening their homes, or simply want to save money on their water bills, we always recommend choosing a water-saving faucet,” L’Henaff said.
Copper and Brass Fixtures
While nickel is the most sought-after alternative metal for faucets, chrome and copper finishes are becoming extremely popular. Cooper adds texture to the room and can bring a Middle Eastern or Italian elegance. The metal has a warm feel and is part of the larger trend of metal becoming more prominent in kitchen design.
Alternative metals can be a little bit more challenging to take care of when compared to stainless steel. The metal must be detailed, rather than just wiped off, but manufacturers often use a lacquer finish to make it easier to maintain.
“For something you touch several times a day, why not pick a finish for your faucet that will make you feel good? People will notice if you put in an unimpressive faucet,” architect Peter LaBau said.
Aging in Place Redesign
Americans are going gray, and many are choosing to age in place. As part of this process, they often redesign kitchens and bathroom to make aging-in-place easier. That means selecting a faucet design that fits with their needs. One option that some older Americans are choosing is no-touch faucet designs (27%), according to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study. They are easy to use as people age and require less coordination.
“Consumers got used to having touchless faucets in commercial settings, so a transition into homes only seemed natural,” Tylicki said.