Thursday, April 8, 2010
I was recently in a store looking at bathroom faucets, and overheard a designer sigh and declare that she was ‘over’ wall mounted faucets. I thought this was an interesting statement. Was this the personal reflection of a person who is immersed in design day in and day out, or does it reflect the fact that wall mounted faucets are something that have been overdone? Quite frankly, I never even realized that they were ‘in’! I rarely notice plumbing fixtures when looking at magazines or visiting homes, so I really have no perspective on this.
One of the first times I actually recall seeing a wall mounted faucet was when I saw this beautiful powder room in a newly built home – just a few years ago. My eye was mainly caught by the window over the sink, an unusual and charming feature, but I also thought the wall mounted faucet on a carved piece of marble was a great way to handle this space.
Last year’s tour of Houston houses, as seen through the eyes of Cote de Texas, had quite a few striking examples of wall mounted faucets. The houses were all rustic European style; this one was dubbed ‘the Provence house’ by Joni.
These wall mounted faucets were from ‘the Octagon house’ on the same tour. Note the use of concrete sinks.
Recently, the blog ‘If the Lampshade Fits’ posted this picture (via House Beautiful), with the simple caption ‘your thoughts please’. The comments are hilarious – I recommend a visit to the post. The controversy had more to do with the iron gate in front of the mirror; the wall mounted faucet received quite a bit of praise.
My all time favorite powder room, designed by Jim Howard, has a delicate wall mounted faucet that works beautifully in the space. When Jim gave me a tour of this home, I couldn’t resist trying out the faucet – I really haven’t seen too many wall mounted faucets in person. I love the fact that the plumbing is completely hidden, and the sink appears to be carved out of a single piece of stone.
A powder room by designer Jill Sharp Brinson; Jill custom designed the sink base. Image via Limestone and Boxwoods.
I recently came across a great article from Coastal Living, featuring the beach house of designer Kay Douglass. Note how the faucets are mounted to the mirror. I wonder how deep those sinks are? One thing that needs to be evaluated when using a wall mounted faucet (or really any faucet) is the splash factor.
I like the ‘wow’ factor of using a wall mounted faucet for a powder room.
A great sink and wall mounted faucet, from a house designed by architect Bobby McAlpine, with interiors by Susan Ferrier. Image via House Beautiful as seen in Nest Egg.
I love this powder room, from one of my all time favorite houses, a McAlpine house in Nashville that was featured in Veranda a few years ago. I saved the picture for the mirror, but the wall mounted faucet is spectacular.
The beautiful new sink in designer Brooke Giannetti’s (of Velvet & Linen) weekend home caused quite a stir in the blogosphere when she unveiled it.
Brooke’s powder room re-do was inspired by another one of my all time favorite powder rooms, from John Saladino’s Villa. Upon looking at this picture a bit closer, I noticed that the control for the faucet seems to be on the counter.
Here is another view of Brooke’s powder room – and sure enough, the control for the water is on the counter! Beautiful. Click here to see more.
A home featured in Veranda in 2008, with architecture by Steve Giannetti and interiors by Madeline Stuart, featured a beautiful sink with a wall mounted faucet.
Designer Phoebe Howard uses a wall mounted faucet in a beach house. It is interesting how many of the wall mounted faucets are used with vessel sinks. Perhaps these are styles that naturally work with one another, or perhaps it is because of the ‘splash factor’ of a wall mounted faucet.
Although the wall mounted faucet style seems to be most common in bathrooms and powder rooms, I have seen it in kitchens as well. This picture has been in my files for years. I never really looked at the faucets before, but I think I would actually like this set up - a separate faucet for hot and cold, and a sprayer. I tend to use either hot or cold in my kitchen faucet, rarely warm.
This is Monet’s kitchen at Giverny (image via Veranda) – I immediately noticed the wall mounted faucet in the large sink. It appears as if this style has been used for over a century!
One of my favorite architects, William Hefner of Los Angeles, has the most beautiful and inspiring kitchens in his designs. This kitchen is as beautiful as it is functional. The area along the wall appears to be the cleanup zone, with a sink and dishwashers flanking the sink, and storage for plates and cups in the cabinets above. I love the look of the wall mounted faucet on the wall here, but I do wonder if I would like the function. One of those knobs next to the sink must be a sprayer. What do you think? Would a wall mounted faucet in the kitchen work for a secondary sink?
I love this little wall mounted faucet in a butler’s pantry. Note how the marble goes up to provide a great backdrop to the faucet. Image via Nest Egg.
And finally, last but certainly not least – the laundry room of one of my readers. When my designer suggested that we use a farmhouse sink in the laundry room, I immediately had a point of reference because of this lovely space. My reader was worried about how the wall mounted faucet would work in the laundry room, and thought that her children might not be able to reach it, but she says that it works great!
So, readers, what do you think? Are you ‘over’ wall mounted faucets – or are you just discovering them? I think they are beautiful and special when used sparingly in a house. I have a feeling that a wall mounted faucet is going to end up somewhere in my new house.
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