Fixtures & Finishes

Originally posted in our November 2020 newsletter

Choosing the fixtures in your home is one of the last steps in the design process and should be chosen in conjunction with your home’s finishes. While finishes include countertops, paint colors, flooring, and drywall types (i.e. anything that makes your home look “finished”), fixtures are hardware that is permanently installed in your home.

Fixtures fall into a few categories based on their function

  • Plumbing Fixtures
    • Bathtubs
    • Toilets & Bidets
    • Sinks
    • Faucets
    • Drain covers
    • Etc.
  • Electrical Fixtures
    • Wall sconces
    • Downlights
    • Chandeliers
    • Cove lights
    • Under-cabinet lights
    • Etc.
  • Misc. Hardware
    • Doorknobs
    • Hinges
    • Fireplaces
    • Etc.

On the other hand, there is a finish for just about everything your home has to offer.

  • Drywall
  • Countertops
    • Granite
    • Marble
    • Glass
    • Etc.
  • Cabinets
    • Wood types
    • Stains
    • Colors
  • Flooring
    • Concrete
      • Stains
      • Colors
      • Stamps
    • Tile
    • Wood
  • Etc.

The style of the fixtures you choose is just as important as what you choose for the finishes. Together they should create a cohesive look, regardless of whether your aesthetic is eclectic or simplistic, modern or rustic, etc. If you’re having a hard time choosing the styles of your fixtures (and finishes), it’s always best to consult with an interior designer.

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