Tips for Selecting Plumbing Fixtures for Your Kitchen

A kitchen renovation is one of the most rewarding improvements you can make in your home.  Not only will it increase your home’s value, a remodel will leave you with a space that will become the hub of your home and serve as a lifestyle portal for your entire family.

While the cabinets, countertops, and tile are vital decisions in the process, there is another all-important component you need to keep in mind – plumbing fixtures.  Not only are they an important functional consideration, they are also vital to creating the kitchen environment of you desire.

The sinks and faucets available today come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and finishes to complement any décor.  Let the experts at Torrco Design Center help you find the right fixtures and transform your kitchen space from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Following are a few tips to help you navigate the waters and guide you down the overwhelming path to plumbing enlightenment.

  1. Know Your Style
    One of the most important things to consider when choosing the right fixture is the style of your new kitchen.  Are you a traditionalist?  Do you prefer the sleek, clean lines of modern design?  Or, is your style more on the eclectic side?  Regardless of your preferred design style, rest assured that there are kitchen fixtures to match your personality.  Nickel and chrome finishes are an ideal choice for a modern household, while brass and copper finishes work well with a more traditional décor.  Shapes are important, as well.  Sleek, straight lines on sinks and faucets lend themselves to a contemporary design style, while ornate, detailed fixtures follow a traditional or European design aesthetic.
  2. Understand Your Household Needs
    This may not seem like an important consideration, but it truly is.  Fixture choices will likely be different based on the makeup of your household.  Two single adults will want and need different fixtures than a family home full of children.  When children are involved, you may want to look into faucets that provide an easy-to-use, no-hands required sensor to help prevent scalding and the spread of germs.  On the other hand, if you’re a gourmet foodie type of person, consider installing a restaurant-inspired pot filler.  Attaching right above your cooktop, a pot filler will allow you to dispense water directly into your pan instead of filling it up at the sink and toting it over to the stove.  Be sure to think about the style of sink you want in your new kitchen.  In choosing a sink, consider the way that you actually work.  Knowing what you need your sink to do for you will help you determine if you should opt for a single or double basin or how deep the sink should be.  Talk with one of the professionals at Torrco Design Center and let them assist you in choosing the right sink and faucet to help you create a functional space and an overall atmosphere that you will adore.
  3. Include Plumbing Fixtures in Your Budget
    When planning a kitchen renovation, cabinets and countertops often eat up a large portion of your overall budget.  Planning your plumbing fixtures well in advance of your actual remodel will help to ensure you’re able to get the fixtures you’ve been dreaming of.  Amazingly enough, fixtures prices can vary significantly, and if you haven’t budgeted for that thousand dollar faucet you love, it could cause you to go well over budget in the end.  By researching fixtures and determining your needs, you can factor them into your kitchen budget and get exactly what you want in your space.
  4. Bring Along Samples
    When you begin actively looking for new sinks and faucets for your kitchen, be sure to bring along samples of everything else you’ve decided on.  Samples of your cabinet and countertop finishes, along with paint and tile colors will help you decide which fixtures will work best in your new space.  That bright yellow sink you fell in love with in a magazine might not coordinate well with your Tuscan kitchen.

Your new kitchen is about to go from the conception stage to the actual design and completion phase.  You’re about to embark on a large project that will require a great deal of attention. Stop in for a consultation or give the Torrco Design Center experts a call at 1-800-992-3682.  They’ll be happy to answer your questions and educate you about all of the plumbing fixtures available.  Remember,  not only are they an important functional consideration; they also serve as delightful accents that will truly bring your new kitchen to life.