Size can matter when choosing a new kitchen faucet finish

Dear Ed: We are about to buy a kitchen faucet and have a strange question. I am looking at two models, a large commercial model and a smaller single handle model. I’m flexible when it comes to the finish. Should I consider the faucet size when choosing a finish?

— Period, Ohio

Dear Dot: This question is not uncommon for me. Choosing a new faucet finish can be a complicated process in today’s market. From specially painted kitchen faucets that come in a rainbow of colors to new metal-toned finishes, finding the right shade for you can be a daunting task.

Believe it or not, the size of the faucet can play a big part in the final choice of finish. So here’s what I’ve learned over the years as a plumber. (And that’s just an opinion, I’m not a designer.)

If it’s a very large kitchen faucet, I recommend subtle colors or metal finishes like nickel, chrome, or pewter.

If it’s a smaller faucet, you can make it pop with lighter colors or finishes like copper, brass, or oil-rubbed bronze.

Final tip: If an easy-to-clean faucet is important to you, go for matte or brushed highlights. And that’s the down and dirty at the faucet!

General Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is internationally known as the author of Ed Del Grande’s House Call, as a TV and Internet show host, and as a LEED Green Partner. Visit or write to [email protected] Always consult local contractors and regulations.

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