If I built this house, I totally would have chosen brushed/polished nickel in the bathrooms, but I didn't get that option. If I go with a brushed nickel faucet, then I have to change out everything else. We would like to redo the tile around the tub and shower some day, but today is not that day, and therefore we can't change the chrome shower stall or fixtures right away. I also put brushed nickel knobs on all the vanity doors about five years ago, figuring that I would eventually change out everything to brushed nickel.
After looking online for brushed nickel fixtures, I'm worried brushed nickel is on its way out and I won't be able to find that finish when we are ready to remodel the shower. At the very least, I would have to buy the shower fixtures for the master and guest bath, to be installed at a later date. Grrr....
On the other hand, keeping the chrome introduces yet another metallic. It would save us money to not change out ALL the fixtures and accessories. Obviously some things will be updated, but little things add up. A brushed nickel lavatory handle is $15! Chrome also seems to have the longest shelf life (i.e. classic). Stores like PB and Restoration Hardware don't carry brushed nickel right now, but they always have chrome. Big box stores always have chrome.
The only thing I don't fancy about chrome is cleaning it. It gets spotty and smeary.
Just to recap, the counters are leathered black granite in the two guest baths. The vanities are both maple right now, but I'd like to paint the second floor guest vanity white at some point. The master bath is going to have a white quartz top with black painted vanity. Here's my inspiration:
The faucets I like are a Victorian style (similar to the ones pictured) and available in chrome, brushed nickel, and ORB. I like how the chrome faucets are mixed with ORB lights and
Any thoughts, friends? What would you do?