Choosing the Perfect Plumbing Finishes for Your Remodeling Project 

A Guide to Selecting the Right Plumbing Fixtures 

When it comes to designing or renovating a space, every detail counts. Often overlooked but incredibly important are the plumbing finishes. From faucets to showerheads, the choices you make can significantly impact the overall aesthetics and functionality of a room. We spoke with Joe Royle, Ryann Reed’s Multi Trade Specialist on choosing the best plumbing finishes for your project. 

Consider the Style of the Space

Before diving into the array of options available, it is essential to consider the style and theme of the room. Whether it is a sleek modern bathroom or a rustic kitchen, your plumbing finishes should complement the overall design aesthetic. For contemporary spaces, polished chrome or matte black finishes can add a touch of sophistication. Meanwhile, oil-rubbed bronze or brushed nickel finishes can enhance the warmth of traditional or rustic interiors.

Joe talks about the most common plumbing fixtures in 2024 so far, “Generally black matte and gold have been the most common this year.  They give a strong contrast against the other materials and create points of interest. Bathroom showers with a separate diverter and wand/shower combo are also becoming the norm.” 

Plumbing Fixture Durability and Maintenance

While style is crucial, durability and ease of maintenance are equally important factors to consider. Plumbing fixtures are exposed to water and daily use, so opting for high-quality finishes that can withstand the test of time is essential. “ Maintenance can be a factor if you have hard or soft water, as mineral buildup and water spots would show up on darker materials like black or bronze. Additional things could be done to the water if this is an issue. Chrome or black may require more maintenance, but they are still manageable to live with if you choose the look” said Joe.   Stainless steel and brass finishes are known for their durability and resistance to corrosion, making them ideal choices for busy kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, finishes with a protective coating or finish can help prevent tarnishing and staining, reducing the need for frequent cleaning and maintenance.

Coordinating Finishes

To create a cohesive look throughout your space, consider coordinating your plumbing finishes with other hardware and fixtures, such as cabinet handles, lighting fixtures, and door hardware. Matching or complementing finishes can tie the design elements together and create a unified aesthetic. However, do not be afraid to mix finishes for added visual interest. For instance, pairing brushed nickel faucets with matte black cabinet hardware can create a striking contrast while still maintaining a cohesive look.

Personal Preferences and Budget

Ultimately, the best plumbing finishes for your project will depend on your personal preferences and budget. While high-end finishes like gold or polished brass can add a luxurious touch to any space, they may not be practical for every budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of budget-friendly options available that offer style and durability without breaking the bank. Take the time to explore different finishes and materials, weighing the pros and cons of each to find the perfect balance between style, quality, and affordability.


Choosing the best plumbing finishes for your project is a decision that requires careful consideration of style, durability, maintenance, and budget. By taking the time to research and explore your options, you can find finishes that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your space but also stand the test of time. Whether you prefer sleek and modern or timeless and traditional, there are plumbing finishes available to suit every taste and need.  

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