Kitchen Faucet Trends

Take a look at the latest kitchen faucet trends — plus, get advice to help you sort through the new styles, finishes and features.

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Designers say they're seeing increased enthusiasm for classic and even retro fixtures, which are usually produced in polished nickel and chrome, or softer brushed finishes. "People want fresh ways of evoking comfortable memories," says Richard Landon, a certified master kitchen and bath designer in Bellevue, Wash.

Hence the return of vintage-style wall-mounts and bridge faucets, which harken back to a time when life — and plumbing — was simpler. The popularity of under-mounted sinks, and sinks without integrated faucet platforms, has also given homeowners freedom to experiment with bridge faucets and wall-mount designs, which make cleaning the sink and countertop easier and fit in well with a streamlined look. There's nothing old-fashioned about today's traditional faucets when it comes to functionality, though. These are retro styles with contemporary convenience, including pull-out nozzles and single-handle options.

Downside: Some of the more ornate styles can be a hassle to clean. Plus, if you're not totally committed to a retro look, you may be happier with a transitional-style faucet — one with a traditional form crafted from industrial materials like stainless steel, or with the simple form of a more modern faucet but rendered with warmer materials and hints of period detail. "Transitional faucets speak the language of both traditional and contemporary," explains Susan Serra, a New York City-area certified kitchen designer. "It's a 'fresh traditional' or 'soft contemporary' look."

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