The Icing on Your Renovation

Remodeling any room in your house is a huge undertaking, and a task certainly not for the faint of heart.

Like baking a cake, the success of the renovation really depends on the quality of the icing: in this case, your finishes and fixtures.

Traditional Kitchen by Birmingham Photographers Sylvia Martin

Easily the most prominent fixtures and finishes like lights, appliances, and cabinets can make the huge statements about the rooms they’re in. Making sure your countertops, cabinetry, faucets, light fixtures, and appliances to form a cohesive style can be a challenge, especially when mixing brands.

However, it’s important to note that there’s no right way to choose these and there’s a lot of room for personal preference. There are an infinite number of ways to be creative with your fixtures and finishes and do it right and have it look great. Even without a keen eye for design, with a little help from your remodeler, you can achieve any look, from rustic and Tuscan, to modern and Scandinavian.

Contemporary Kitchen by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Fiorella Design
Contemporary Bathroom by Bethesda Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Beyond appearances, these fixtures must serve utilitarian purposes as well. It’s important to pick finishes and fixtures that not only look good, but hold up to daily wear. It’s always a good idea to look at how the room will be used and by whom.

  • Will pets be able to scratch up your cabinets or will children be safe around kitchen countertops?
  • How will light fixture placement impact the feeling of the room?
  • Will daily usage tarnish your sink and faucets?

There are several popular finishes beyond chrome and stainless steel, like brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze, which have gained notoriety for their durability.

Craftsman Kitchen by Point Pleasant Beach Architects & Building Designers Richard Bubnowski Design LLC
Traditional Kitchen by Bethesda Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

There are also some very interesting and innovative finishes emerging in newer remodels which are worth considering. Hideaway sinks give you more prep space and hide your sink when you’re hosting guests. Modular sink basins allow you to mix up how your basin functions and allow you to use it how you want it. Sinks integrated with countertops and seamless sink basins are also becoming more popular as they prove themselves as not only functional, but stylistic.

Contemporary Kitchen Sinks by Lumberton Kitchen & Bath Fixtures BLANCO
Kitchen Sinks by Other Metro

The fixtures and finishes may not be your first thought when picturing your new room, but they are absolutely important. Details can make a huge difference. For many, the help of a professional decorator or designer allows them to rest assured that everything has been accounted for and that they’re guided in their decisions. With a design concierge, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience.

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