You’ve finished breading the chicken cutlets for dinner and it’s time to wash up. But instead of smearing your potentially pathological palms on your water handles, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tap your faucet with your arm and have water stream down? These touch-sensitive faucets are a luxury with a practical payoff: fewer germs and less mess to clean after dirty-handed recipe cleanup. And most come with manual handles still integrated, so when you want to get hands-on, that option is available.
Gold accents and marble countertops give this kitchen a chic, upscale look. Buttery, tufted leather makes up an intimate banquette in the breakfast nook. Glass tiles in shades of blue make up the simple backsplash for a subdued pop of color.
“The sink and the faucet are often the central focal point of the kitchen, so why not make a bold statement with a distinctive faucet?” asks Carolynne Arnold-Plowman, who designed this rustic kitchen. You can easily find a graceful new spout for under $100, but if you want the matte black finish used in the kitchen shown here — which is among the boldest and trendiest looks in hardware and plumbing fittings right now — be prepared to spend more, at least $250. And you may want to swap out the rest of your hardware to match, bringing you closer to $500.
Pops of red energize the cool grays and blacks in the kitchen, most imaginatively in the faucet for the sink. A cylindrical stainless steel range hood is a striking design statement that also draws the eye upward to visually add height to the room.