bathroom faucet finishes

10 Bathroom Faucet Finishes

A seemingly small feature, the faucet can either be designed to blend in or make a bold statement in the bathroom. 

Faucets come in a variety of options: from silver to gold tones, from matte to shiny. Selecting a finish that matches your style will elevate your bathroom. Bathroom faucets often come with a lifetime warranty, so if you select one you love, it will last!

Below are 10 of the most popular finishes for bathroom faucets!


Chrome is versatile, able to be used as a decorative or protective finish. It is shiny and polished. 

Pros: Chrome is a light metal, resistant to corrosion, and a cheap option. 

Cons: Chrome can scratch easily and shows water spots.

Style: Chrome goes with just about every style: traditional, modern, eclectic, and contemporary!

Polished Nickel

Polished nickel has a smooth, shiny finish. Compared to chrome, polished nickel has a darker, warmer tone. It can also appear to change color, depending on the lighting.  

Pros: Easy to clean with a durable finish. 

Cons: Shows water spots and fingerprints easily. More expensive than other finishes.

Style: Polished nickel goes with just about every style: traditional, modern, eclectic, and contemporary!

Brushed Nickel

Brushed nickel gives a soft metallic look with a matte sheen. 

Pros: Extremely durable, with a longer life than other finishes. Brushed nickel is also easy to clean.

Cons: More expensive than other finishes and does not coordinate well with stainless steel.

Style: Brushed nickel goes with just about every style: traditional, modern, eclectic, and contemporary!

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has a shiny, reflective surface that is affordable and durable. 

Pros: Resistant to scratches and corrosion, easy to clean. 

Cons: More expensive than other finishes, shows fingerprints easily.

Style: Modern, contemporary, industrial, and traditional. 

Satin Brass

Satin brass, also called brushed brass, has a muted golden color, with a matte finish. 

Pros: Creates a bold statement in the bathroom. The matte finish does not show watermarks or fingerprints easily.

Cons: Satin brass is more expensive and harder to find than other finishes. 

Style: Satin brass goes with traditional, contemporary, and modern design. 

Polished Brass

Polished brass provides a bright, shiny golden finish.

Pros: Easy to clean. Polished brass is also durable. 

Cons: More expensive than other finishes. Likely to show fingerprints and water spots. 

Style: Polished brass works well with traditional and vintage design. 

Satin Bronze

Satin bronze has a smooth finish with a color in between copper and oil-rubbed bronze.

Pros: Easy to clean and maintain. Satin bronze does not show fingerprints.

Cons: Satin bronze can be expensive and hard to find. 

Style: Satin bronze works with traditional and eclectic design. 

Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Oil-rubbed bronze is chemically darkened and can vary from dark brown to dark gray. 

Pros: Durable, easy to clean, and doesn’t show marks easily. 

Cons: More expensive than other finishes

Style: Oil-rubbed bronze works in traditional and antique bathrooms. 


Copper has a bold, unmistakable color that provides a rich feeling. 

Pros: Copper protects the faucet against corrosion. Scratches on copper eventually darken and blend in. 

Cons: Copper is not as durable as other finishes and requires more maintenance. 

Style: Copper is a great fit for farmhouse, eclectic, and mid-century design.

Matte Black

A powder coating applied to steel, brass, or iron produces a matte black finish. 

Pros: Easy to clean and does not show fingerprints or watermarks. 

Cons: More expensive compared to other finishes. 

Style: Matte black faucets work with modern, minimalist, and eclectic styles. 

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