So when I scroll through my kitchen inspiration pictures, what usually stands out are the “big picture” items – Carrara marble counters, creamy white inset cabinets, wide-plank hardwood floors….but, lately what I’m noticing more and more are the kitchen “underdogs” – you know, the small details that aren’t initially noticed, but are present in pretty much all of your favorite kitchen images. These small details help provide that extra bit of character that takes just another white kitchen and makes it truly beautiful, memorable and unique. Things like hardware, dish towels, accessories, floor runners, wall art and faucets. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in only focusing on the major elements of the kitchen, but these smaller elements help complete your design and are important players. This is not to say you need to spend a lot on these elements, either, but they certainly deserve time and consideration if you have a particular style or vision you are hoping to achieve in your kitchen.
Design Tip: Look back through your inspiration pictures. Avert your eyes from the shiny marble and glowing hardwood floors and other major kitchen elements. Try to notice all of the “small” details. Look at what’s actually on the countertops. Are there any fabric patterns or colors you notice on window treatments or dish towels? What dishes and utensils do you see displayed? Are there flowers? Are they displayed in classic creamware pitchers, or perhaps a more modern vase? Selecting your countertops and cabinet color are important decisions to make, but don’t forget these small details and how they contribute to your design. They really will help tell your story and bring your design vision to life.
As I prepare for my kitchen facelift project, I really tried to examine my favorite kitchen images to pinpoint exactly what makes these pictures so inspiring to me. One kitchen element that I noticed (and have admittedly never paid much attention to before) was the faucet. Or, more specifically, the bridge faucet, which appeared in I’d say, oh at least 95% of my kitchen inspiration images. And now I’m all, “where has the bridge faucet been all my life?!?!?!?!” This beautiful fixture has gone from being pretty much nonexistent in my world to one of the items I am most excited to source for my kitchen mini reno.
Of course, the bridge faucet, being beautiful as it is, also happens to be one of the more expensive faucets, usually starting at around $1k. And, the installation cost is much higher, because most models have multiple installation holes, unlike the standard 1 or 2 faucet holes. This higher installation expense is the result of having to hire an additional contractor to drill additional holes into your countertop before you can even call the plumber to install the faucet.
Because my kitchen facelift needs to be as inexpensive as possible, I started looking for other faucets that mimic the look of a bridge faucet – classic style with a nickel finish, and definitely a long and slender gooseneck-shaped faucet that will fit in our existing 2 – hole countertop. Even though an actual bridge faucet may be out my budget, there are many similar-looking, inexpensive faucets that can help bring me one step closer to bringing all of the kitchen elements – big and small – together.
I made my first Wayfair.com purchase today and snagged up a 2-hole faucet with great reviews for around $200. It looks like a bridge faucet, but won’t require special drilling and the many wonderful reviews for this product claim that installation is very simple and that many homeowners were able to install themselves, without hiring a plumber. For your convenience, here is a link to my new Wayfair faucet. The price starts at $150, but I purchased the optional side sprayer and upgraded the finish to nickel which brought my total up to $200. Fingers crossed we can install it ourselves..!!!