Satin nickel fixtures provide both warmth and elegance in this bathroom.

Satin nickel fixtures provide both warmth and elegance in this bathroom. (Photo: Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS).

Polished chrome fixtures adds a traditional and timeless touch to this master bathroom. (Handout/TNS)

Polished chrome fixtures adds a traditional and timeless touch to this master bathroom. (Handout/TNS)

Fixtures and finishes if selected purposely can serve as the crown jewels in a bathroom space. 

Fixtures and hardware, as well as finish selections, can play a prominent role in the overall aesthetic look and feel. Use a certain finish or style of fixture or hardware and a space may feel traditional and elegant, while another fixture and hardware selection in an alternative finish may make a space feel modern and luxurious.

Selecting a finish
A finish should complement as opposed to conflict with your bathroom space.

Selecting a style
Choose a specific style that suits your space and maintain this consistent style throughout your bathroom environment.

Design recipes rule of thumb
Use the same finish for fixtures and hardware. Try to maintain consistency in your bathroom space as opposed to mixing multiple finishes.

Common fixture and hardware finishes include:

  • Nickel
  • Chrome
  • Brass
  • Oiled Bronze
  • Black

Finishes often come in additional finish options such as polished, brushed and matte.

By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS)