While looking for matte black fixtures for a recent bathroom makeover, I had a hard time finding affordable, in-stock options from the usual places. Lighting with a black finish? No problem. Cabinet pulls? Everywhere. But searching for sink faucets yielded only a few good results. Then I figured out the trick and duh. It’s so easy it’s stupid.
Black faucets are such a nice change of pace from ubiquitous chrome, or even the brushed brass we’ve seen so much of lately. I don’t think black fixtures will reach quite those levels of popularity, but sometimes, it’s just the ticket. Above, Studio McGee used the finish in this modern mountain home shared late last year (also, lead image above). And they are definitely having a moment right now.
Yet, doing a quick search for “matte black faucet” on Home Depot yielded 169 results, which isn’t nothing, but it’s not a wide open field of choices. When I searched for oil-rubbed bronze? 1395 possibilities came up. Now, not all of them were exactly what I was looking for. You still have to scroll past all the ones that are decidedly brown-ish versus black. And some of them aren’t quite as modern as some of the newer matte black options. But it does bring up more good possibilities, and it’s worth poking around to see if you can get something you like, and for a better price.
For example, seen above is an inexpensive kitchen faucet from Amazon for only $70. They don’t list black as an available finish, but the oil-rubbed bronze looks pretty great from the picture. It also looks similar to Kohler’s Purist line of fixtures, which is also available on Amazon for $300, but not in the black.
Similarly, here’s a wall-mounted bathroom faucet from Kingston Brass, which sells for $215 at Home Depot. It’s pretty similar to the one used by Studio McGee in the lead image above, which sells for over $500.
As you can see, it’s worth the search. And, when up against clean, bright tile, as seen above in this bathroom designed by Falken Reynolds, these dark fixtures look crisp and modern. Black and white together are a classic combo — one that won’t go out of style readily.