How to Choose the Right Plumbing Fixture

Whether you are remodeling your home or replacing a leaky faucet, choosing which plumbing fixture works best for your home can be a difficult decision. There are just so many options out there! It can become overwhelming. However with a few tips and tricks the process can be seamless.

What Is Your Style?

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When you know the answer to this, the options dwindle significantly. If you are going for a mid-century modern vibe then that overly ornate faucet you saw probably will clash with the rest of the decor. Your home style matters, a faucet that clashes with the rest of the decor will stick out like a sore thumb.

If your home is a traditional or farmhouse style then you will want a plumbing fixture that will stand the test of time. Black, sleek fixtures are in style now, but that likely won’t work for you. You might want to stick with traditional metal colors like chrome, gold, or bronze. A vintage or more ornate piece can work well in the space.

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If your style is more minimalist, the ornate vintage plumbing fixture will seem overwhelming in the space. A fixture with clean lines will work best with the rest of your home. On the other hand, maximalism is becoming more trendy; with this style, anything goes – even the out-of-the-box options.

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Whatever your style is, it is important to choose something you love. Do you have a minimalist house but love that massive gold sink? Then go for it! You always have the option of making your plumbing fixtures the statement of the room.

Material Choice

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Once you have narrowed down the style you are going for, next is to narrow down the materials. Plumbing fixtures are designed to last a very long time. However, what material you choose is important for other reasons. The first is maintenance and upkeep. Typically brass and even porcelain can be less durable than other materials. They need to be cleaned more frequently than your stainless steel options. Stainless steel tends to be the most durable with the least amount of maintenance required. You may love that porcelain sink, but it is important to consider it if you are going to give it the love it needs. If you aren’t then you may want to choose a more durable option.

Measure the Space


If you are doing a full remodel then your contractor will tell you the exact measurements you need for the space. If you are just replacing just one plumbing fixture, then you will want to measure how much space you need.

“Measure the space” doesn’t just mean to get out your ruler and measure. It also means looking at the space and determining if that giant plumbing fixture will be overwhelming on a small laundry or kitchen island sink.


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It is best to see options in person at a plumbing showroom. Which can help save on ordering multiple options and deciding which one you want. You can even go to help narrow down finish or material options. There is likely a plumbing showroom close to where you are! The other option, besides ordering online, is to go to your local big box store. They might not have as many options as a showroom, but if you need something quick that is the best choice.

Final Thoughts

Another good resource when picking out your plumbing fixtures? Your local 1-Tom-Plumber. We can help narrow down choices, let you know what size option you may need, and suggest brands we trust to last you a very long time. Whatever you choose, it is going to look great!

Call 1-Tom-Plumber

Don’t hesitate to contact us here or call us at 1-Tom-Plumber (1-866-758-6237) if you need help with any plumbing, drain cleaning, water damage, or excavation services. 1-Tom-Plumber’s certified team of plumbers and drain technicians respond immediately to any emergency plumbing, drain cleaning, or water damage problem. We also handle the excavation of underground water lines and sewer main lines. Our immediate-response team is available every day and night of the year, even on holidays.

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