6 Tips for Selecting Plumbing Fixtures for Your Home

Last week I shared our plumbing selections we picked out for our house. Since these were our first official selections we were making, I was a little nervous going into it. Plumbing fixtures really weren’t something I ever thought about when it came to a home’s overall design. But, the fixtures you choose can add a lot of style and personality to your home. So it’s important to take the time in making these selections and choose fixtures and finishes that will enhance your home in the end.

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After going through this first selection process, I definitely learned a lot. So today I wanted to pass along some words of wisdom to those looking to do the same in the future. Here are a few tips for selecting plumbing fixtures for your home.

Know Your Budget

Knowing your budget before you begin researching and shopping is key. Find out from your contractor what your allowance for plumbing is or sit down and decide how much you can afford to spend on just plumbing alone. Your budget will help eliminate options when you start shopping, making it easier to narrow down your choices. Eliminating a few fixtures/brands will help you avoid being overwhelmed at all the many potential options.

Clawfoot Tub

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Consider Spending More in High Traffic Areas

As you start looking, you may gravitate towards more expensive fixture options. Going with a high priced faucet in every bathroom though can really add up. But, instead of scrapping that fixture you’ve fallen in love with all together, consider using the high end fixture for high traffic areas only. Your master bathroom, for example, is a room that will get used every single day. Consider spending a little more for the faucets and shower fixtures you love in there or in other high traffic areas like powder rooms.

Research Comparable Options

Don’t get stuck on a fixture that’s way out of your budget. I touched on this a little bit last week. We ended up going with a kitchen faucet fixture that looks very similar to a higher end, more expensive option. Because we mentioned that we liked the look of the higher end model, the sales associate was able to direct us to a different brand and model that looked very very similar, with a much smaller price tag that fit our budget. It pays to ask questions and do some research to see if there are less expensive models or brands that offer a similar look and style that you like.

Brass Fixtures

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Choose Finishes That Work In Your Home

In case you didn’t know, there are several different finishes to choose from when it comes to plumbing fixtures. There’s polished chrome, chrome, brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze to name a few.  It can be challenging to decide which finish you should choose. Consider the design elements in the rest of your home or the style you are trying to achieve in your home’s overall design. It’s ok to mix different finishes throughout your home a bit {i.e. plumbing, hardware, lighting}, just be careful to not use too many different finishes. Using brass here, chrome there and oil rubbed bronze here and there will make your home feel disjointed and not cohesive.

Get a Professional Opinion

The sales associates that work at the plumbing supply stores are very knowledgeable and will know more about the various brands and models available to you. Come to them with your likes and dislikes and let them help make some recommendations. They will able to recommend specific brands that hold up well over time and will be able to steer you in the right direction to make the best choice.

Kitchen Faucet

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Shop Around

If possible, go to multiple stores before making any final decisions. Each plumbing store will stock certain brands, so going to multiple places allows you to see different options. Each store could also have different pricing so shop around for the best deals and the best options that work best for you.

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