Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shopping for plumbing fixtures

Today starts an incredible busy 24 hours with out-of-town clients coming in to test out seating, look at casegoods, touch fabrics, consider wallpaper, and to pick out granite slabs, backsplashes and plumbing fixtures.  Out of all of the to-do's, the last one is my favorite. 

Plumbing fixtures don't sound sexy, but it's actually a really fun aspect of design, and no, it's not just looking at toilets.  That's just one of the many products that we will be searching for (though there really are some cool toilets out there).  A lot goes into designing a bathroom.  For the master bathroom, we will be not only be looking at toilets, but sinks, lavatory faucets, tub faucets and fixtures, shower heads, body jets, and thermostatic mixers and controls (and tile).  You don't just buy a whole set.  You mix and match (and then make sure that the lighting and the vanity knobs and towel bars and toilet paper holder mix and match as well).

Here are some of my favorites:

For the shower head - I love more than one; usually an overhead and a hand held. 
For controls and the lavatory faucet, I'm an old fashioned cross bar type of girl:

Venice Widespread - Polished Chrome Finish Pictured

For the sink, I like a more linear look:

Product View  

And toilets, a little in between:
Memoirs® Comfort Height® one piece elongated 1.28gpf toilet with Stately design

 And for the toilet paper (I love this product):

Novis magazine rack and roll holder

Products shown by Rohl, California Faucets, Kohler, Samuel Heath

1 comment:

  1. “Plumbing fixtures don't sound sexy, but it's actually a really fun aspect of design” – True! It’s good to know that you see plumbing that way. Hehe! Well, good plumbing maintenance will eventually pay off. Think of it as a way of ensuring you don’t experience any plumbing problems in the future. It’s a long-term investment, in a sense. Best regards to you, Elizabeth! =)