Replacing Your Kitchen Fixtures: This 3-Hour Remodeling Project Can Make a Big Difference
Give your kitchen a fresh new look by outfitting it with trendy, functional fixtures.
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A kitchen renovation ranks as the most popular home improvement project Americans hope to take on—and it’s also the most expensive. The average kitchen redo runs about $25,000 (or $150 per square foot) according to Home Advisor. Knock down a few walls to enlarge the footprint and factor in luxuries like custom cabinetry, high-end appliances, and stone countertops, and the job could cost upwards of twice as much. Just the thought of the time and money involved is enough to make many homeowners put the project on the back burner.
But not all renovations require tens of thousands of dollars and months of messy construction. In fact, interior designers know that one of the simplest, smartest ways to upgrade the kitchen is to replace the faucets and fixtures—the pieces that the pros call the “jewelry” of the room. Just as a little black dress or your favorite jeans-and-tee combo can be gussied up with the right accessories, a faucet and fixture refresh can add texture, dimension, personality, and shine to a kitchen, and increase its functionality too. Homeowners can pull together these high-impact changes in a matter of hours, and they’re also typically DIY-friendly.
The most fun part? Exploring the newest options on the market—and the best place to do that is Hausera, the kitchen and bath site that offers all the best brands and up-to-the-minute looks for any budget. Read on for great ideas guaranteed to spice up your cook space in no time.
Use Accents to Inject the Top Trends
Sinks and faucets are fundamental in the kitchen, but when you consider their sculptural, stylish nature, you realize that they’re works of art as well. As such, these components go a long way toward expressing your style, whether it’s cool and modern, warm and welcoming, or anything in between. To help you decide what to incorporate into your kitchen transformation, here’s a rundown of what’s trending in faucets, fixtures, and finishes.
Eclectic is a big design buzzword for 2020 and beyond, and mixing metals is a great way to nail this trend in the kitchen. These days it’s passé to match metal fixtures to the appliances and cabinet hardware, so you’re free to combine your favorites however you fancy—a brass faucet and nickel drawer pulls, for instance. You can even mix colors within a faucet by opting for a spout in one shade and handles in another. Manufacturers have created their own cool combos—case in point: a handsome black-and-gold faucet from the Litze Collection by Brizo, available at Hausera. For a subtler approach, keep metals the same shade, but play with different finishes, combining a brushed and a satin finish, for instance.
Pale and dark tones together make a striking statement in the kitchen, and black is especially on trend now, with the growing popularity of black stainless steel appliances. One easy route to this dramatic two-tone look is to pair a matte black faucet—such as a single-handle articulating model from the Solna Collection by Brizo, available at Hausera (pictured in the lead image above)—with a white countertop, sink, or backsplash. Or consider swapping out a white or stainless steel sink for this black double-bowl beauty from Elkay’s Quartz Classic Collection, available at Hausera. Throw a bold-patterned black-and-white rug in front of the sink, hang some complementary window treatments, and the redo is complete!
THAT VINTAGE VIBE
While modern design still has a place in American kitchens, designers are touting vintage-inspired styles now, particularly for clients who are inclined toward country chic. An obvious choice for this aesthetic is a farmhouse sink like this classic from Kohler’s Whitehaven Collection, available at Hausera. With its ample apron and bright white appeal, it marries well with a newfangled yet old-timey faucet, perhaps one with what pros call a “living finish,” an untreated metal surface that’s intended to develop an antique-y patina over time.
A WARMING TREND
The kitchen is truly the heart of the home, so it’s about time that softer, warmer colors and finishes have arrived to make it as inviting as possible. Replace bright and shiny finishes—which tend to read as cold—with rose gold, gunmetal gray, and brushed brass. These softer hues give even minimalist fixtures and faucets a gentler touch. You can experience the soft side of sleek in this faucet from the East Linear Collection by Newport Brass, available at Hausera. The living finishes described above can also create a toastier vibe in the kitchen.
Select Small Fixtures That Work Harder
Renovations are about more than just good looks, of course; advanced functionality is key to a kitchen that’s a pleasure to cook, dine, and entertain in. Fortunately, faucets are keeping pace with technology, bringing innovation to the way we use water. For the greatest ease of use, look for touch, hands-free activation. Other worthwhile features include smart spray patterns, faucets that swivel 360 degrees for convenience, and magnetic docking that ensures stability. Delta, for example, developed ShieldSpray™ Technology, which delivers a concentrated jet spray to power away stubborn messes while containing splatter, all of which means you’ll spend less time soaking and scrubbing and more time enjoying friends and family. This feature can be found on many Delta faucets, including this impressive single-handle pull-down model from the Mateo Collection, available at Hausera.
Don’t Be Intimidated by Installation
Are you ready to tackle a quick kitchen makeover without calling a plumber? Installing a new faucet is a fairly simple job, even for beginners. All it takes is a few basic tools and supplies, including Teflon tape, plumber’s putty, and a wrench, preferably a basin wrench. First, shut off the water supply to the faucet. Then, as most faucets attach to the sink with a single plastic nut, you’ll need to take that off to remove the old faucet. To install the new one, you’ll first create a seal between the faucet and the sink with a rubber or plastic gasket. Next, you’ll put the faucet in place and connect the water lines, a process that, depending on the type of faucet you’re installing, may involve wedging yourself in the cabinet under the sink for a bit. Study the instructions included with your new faucet, and refer to this how-to guide to complete the job.
If you’re feeling even more ambitious, why not replace the sink? A handy homeowner with a helper nearby can install a kitchen sink in a few hours. Make sure your new sink is the same size as the one you’re replacing so it will fit in the countertop opening. After removing the existing sink, clean the new one thoroughly and attach the faucet. You’ll then caulk around the sink rim and install the drain, pipe, clips, and supply hoses (check out a step-by-step tutorial before you get started).
In only a few hours and with just one or two carefully chosen upgrades, you’ll have amped up your kitchen’s beauty and functionality, and you’ll have the pride of knowing you did it yourself.