De­signs tap into trends

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They’re more than just wa­ter taps. The faucet may be one of the last pieces in­stalled when build­ing or ren­o­vat­ing a kitchen or bath­room, but its im­por­tance should not be un­der­es­ti­mated. A faucet’s de­sign not only im­pacts the room’s over­all style, it can also af­fect its func­tion­al­ity, re­sult­ing in sub-par wa­ter us­age.

Ac­cord­ing to Price Pfis­ter, here are some faucet trends for 2010 that al­low home­own­ers to in­cor­po­rate both style and func­tion­al­ity:

Faucets that have dis­tinc­tive styles, fin­ishes and con­fig­u­ra­tions that co-or­di­nate with home decor. There is a grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity for con­tem­po­rary and dis­tinc­tive de­signs, caus­ing home­own­ers to mix and match both con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional faucets in the same kitchen set­ting.

Home­own­ers are in­creas­ingly se­lect­ing faucets that are tex­tured and have darker fin­ishes such as satin, nickel or bronze.

Faucets that im­prove wa­ter ef­fi­ciency with­out com­pro­mis­ing wa­ter flow and style are of high im­por­tance to home­own­ers.

Faucets that pro­vide both er­gonomics and per­for­mance with mod­ern pullout and pull-down styles are be­com­ing pop­u­lar, along with mod­ern sin­gle-lever faucets and high-arch spouts. Elec­tronic and in­no­va­tive technology, such as the an­ti­splash heads and pausec­on­trol spray heads.

“When pur­chas­ing faucets, con­sumers want the best of both worlds: func­tion­al­ity and style. Home­own­ers de­sire faucets that make a de­sign state­ment while still pro­vid­ing the per­for­mance and func­tion­al­ity needed to com­plete their ev­ery­day tasks,” says Mark Wal­lace, Cana­dian mar­ket­ing man­ager for Price Pfis­ter.

“More than ever, we are now see­ing a de­mand from en­vi­ron­men­tally concerned home­own­ers who want to en­sure their faucets are wa­ter ef­fi­cient with­out hav­ing to com­pro­mise on its func­tion­al­ity and over­all look.”

Faucets these days, like this Tresa model, have slen­der lines and curves to in­crease their stylish­ness.

Above, ex­am­ples of faucets by Moen. Inset, left, a hands­free, high-arc Moen faucet for use in bath­rooms.

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