When it comes to choosing fixtures for your bathroom remodel, the options can seem endless. Learn the basics of shower fixtures, sinks, faucets and toilets to find the best options for your bathroom.
Basic but highly functional, wall-mount showerheads are available in many styles and finishes. New low-flow showerheads, such as the Envi Eco-Performance showerhead from Moen, use less water while maintaining a powerful spray. Image courtesy of Moen
Hand-held showerheads feature a single head sprayer attached to a flexible hose, good for washing hair and those hard-to-reach places. Hand-held showerheads are particularly useful for those with limited mobility. Image courtesy of Moen
More and more homeowners are splurging on luxury shower fixtures for the bathroom. Often mounted on the ceiling, rain showerheads provide the sensation of bathing in a waterfall or soothing rain shower. Image courtesy of Kohler
Body sprayers, which are integrated into the shower wall and can be adjusted to massage the body or produce a relaxing mist, add another layer of luxury to the shower experience. Image courtesy of Moen
The easiest type of bathroom sink to install, drop-in or self-rimming sinks are mounted above the counter. This tried-and-true style is available in a wide range of shapes and materials. Image courtesy of Gerber
Installed beneath the countertop, undermount sinks are growing in popularly because they’re easy to clean and offer a sleek appearance. Undermount sinks work well with countertops made of stone and solid surface materials. Image courtesy of Kohler
Vessel sinks, or decorative bowls that sit on top of the counter, make a statement in the bathroom. These elegant sinks come in a variety of eye-catching materials, including glass, stone and vitreous china, such as this patterned sink from Kohler’s Caravan collection.
Pedestal-style sinks save space in the bathroom and offer timeless appeal. Their bowls are available in oblong, rectangular or traditional oval shapes. Image courtesy of Porcher
Wall-hung sinks are similar to pedestal sinks, without the pedestal. They’re mounted directly to wall surfaces and have a contemporary look. The open space underneath a wall-hung sink is ideal for those in wheelchairs. Image courtesy of Delta Faucets
Today’s faucets are available in a wide range of styles, from timeless and traditional to sleek and modern, such as this faucet from Delta’s Vero collection. New faucets are also more water efficient than previous models and can come with highly functional features, such as integrated ceramic disks within the fixture that help grind away buildup that causes leaks.
High-Tech Faucet Features
Thanks to advancements in technology, homeowners can now equip their bathrooms with bacteria-killing faucets, motion-activated faucets and laminar flow faucets, which create a solid-looking stream that doesn’t splash. This electronic touchless faucet by Kohler features Tripoint technology that is more accurate than infrared sensors.
On the style front, faucets can be fastened on the lavatory deck, integrated or even mounted on the wall. Wall-mount faucets have gained popularity along with freestanding or vessel-type sinks that require longer spouts that extend well over the top of the bowl. Image courtesy of Native Trails
Today’s water-efficient toilets, such as the Saile elongated one-piece toilet by Kohler, encourage “conscious flushing” by requiring you to select either a low-water (0.8 to 1.2 gpf) flush for liquid waste or a 1.6-gallon flush for solid waste.
One-piece toilets eliminate the seam between tank and bowl. The result is a sleek design with no crevices to trap dirt. One-piece toilets tend to be more expensive than comparable two-piece models. Image courtesy of INAX
Taller toilets that are 16 to 18 inches high rather than the standard 14- to 15-inch height are more comfortable for most homeowners, except for children. Taller commodes are also accessible for those who use a walker or wheelchair. Image courtesy of Gerber
HGTV Remodels. Bathroom Fixture Styles and Trends, [Online]. Web address: http://www.hgtvremodels.com/bathrooms/bathroom-fixture-styles-and-trends/pictures/index.html (Page consulted on February 07 2012)