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23 Best Types of Bathroom Sink Faucets

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October 14, 2022
Kallista Design

The right bathroom faucet can be the pinnacle of any bathroom design. But with so many styles available, how do you choose the finest centerpiece for your unique space?

Since KALLISTA has been the leading provider of high-end bathroom faucets and fixtures for more than 40 years, we have some tips to help you make the best decision for your bathroom. From solid metal construction to striking surface finishes and precision assembly, we are guided by a devotion to the finest details.

We know what it takes for a faucet to enhance the functionality and style of a bathroom. A well-made fixture offers a level of sophistication no plastic bathroom faucet could ever match.

Discover the Best Bathroom Faucet Types

Finding the right faucet requires thoughtful research with various configurations and installation considerations. To save you time, here’s our overview of the most popular and celebrated bathroom faucet types.

Deck-Mounted Bathroom Sink Faucets

widespread bathroom sink faucet in polished chrome finish
Featured Product: Per Se® Sink Faucet, Tall Spout, Lever Handles

Let’s begin with installation types.

Deck-mount bathroom faucets are one of the most common bathroom faucet types. If you didn’t know, a deck-mounted faucet is installed through holes on top of a vanity or console. Many counters and vanities come with pre-drilled holes for a simple installation.

Modern Deck-Mount Faucet

matte black bathroom faucet with minimal and geometric design
Featured Product: Grid™ Sink Faucet, Cube Handles

Take your vanity or console to new heights with a minimal yet stunning 3-D printed faucet. The innovative spout on the Grid sink faucet features a unique form with discreet waterways for a modern look, and its solid brass frame is hand-buffed and powder-coated for a lightly textured appeal. 

Deck-Mount Faucet for Classic Elegance

bronze arch spout bathroom faucet with white knob handles
Featured Product: Script™ Sink Faucet, Arch Spout, White Porcelain Handles

For an elevated look, consider an arch-spout faucet with knob handles. As part of our Script™ Decorative collection, this faucet features a crisscross pattern, drawing inspiration from artisan jewelry makers. The vibrant white gloss handles promote a fresh look for any powder room or master bath.

Wall-Mounted Bathroom Sink Faucets

gold wall-mount bathroom faucet with lever handles
Featured Product: Pinna Paletta® Wall-Mount Sink Faucet, Lever Handles

As you know, wall-mounted bathroom faucets are installed via holes in the wall instead of the countertop. A wall-mount sink faucet is especially useful for increasing counter space or accommodating a large sink basin.

Wall-Mount Faucet Backsplash Installation

Featured Product: Central Park West™ Wall-Mount Sink Faucet, Lever Handles

When installed against a marble backsplash, your wall-mount faucet can serve as the artful centerpiece of your vanity. Fluted lever handles and high-quality solid brass construction allow this faucet from our Central Park West collection to blend seamlessly with the traditional marble aesthetic.

Single-Control Wall-Mount Faucet

matte black wall-mount faucet with one handle
Credit: @lisaschmitzinteriors

With a minimalist form, this single-handle wall-mount faucet nestles harmoniously in any modern setting. Its single control handle frees up wall space for a cleaner aesthetic and makes for an easy installation. Some single-control faucets have separate holes for the spout and handles, while others have a single-hole design.

Types of Bathroom Faucet Handles

Faucet handles come in many designs appropriate for any bathroom, from elegant and traditional to sophisticated and modern. Whether your bathroom design needs sleek lever handles, tactile cross handles, or the elegant simplicity of a single control, let’s explore the possibilities below to create the personal sanctuary of your dreams.

Knob Handles

chrome bathroom faucet with black crystal handles
Featured Product: For Loft Sink Faucet, Black Crystal Handles

Knob handles are tactile and understated, with many offered with decorative details. Minimal yet elegant, this faucet from our For Loft collection evokes classic opulence with its fine, European-cut crystal handles. The crystal accents extend beyond the handles to encompass the lift rod with a design reminiscent of a beautifully cut diamond.

Lever Handles

polished chrome faucet handle
Featured Product: Pure Paletta® Sink Faucet, Low Spout, Lever Handles

Ergonomic and user-friendly, many lever handle faucets are ADA-compliant. The modern lines of this faucet designed by Laura Kirar bring upscale simplicity to modern and traditional designs.

Cross Handles

brass traditional bathroom faucet with cross handles
Featured Product: Bellis® Sink Faucet, Traditional Spout, Cross Handles

In a familiar T- or X-shape, cross-handle faucets offer a unique tactile experience in addition to a historic aesthetic. This traditional faucet from our Bellis collection boasts knurling details and smooth cross handles to serve as the perfect addition to any classic bathroom setting.


single handle bathroom sink faucet
Featured Product: Counterpoint® Single-Control Sink Faucet

For a minimal approach with a sense of classic sophistication, the fluid design and clean lines of a single-handle faucet will blend seamlessly with many design styles.

Decorative Handles

close up of crystal handle faucet
Featured Product: Script™ Decorative Sink Faucet, Saint-Louis Crystal, Flannel Grey Knob Handles

Make a statement with crystal knob handles. This faucet from our Script™ Decorative collection features crystal knobs made with hand-cut French crystal from renowned crystal-maker, Saint Louis.

Marble Handles

bathroom faucet handles with marble inlays
Featured Product: One™ Decorative Collection

Whether you choose white Carrara or black Nero Marquina, marble adds an undeniable elegance to faucet handles. This timelessly sophisticated material will bring a feeling of opulence to any space with its rich color and subtle patterns.

Black Crystal Handles

close up of a shiny black crystal handle on a bathroom faucet
Featured Product: Per Se® Decorative Sink Faucet, Black Crystal Knob Handles

Our Per Se Decorative faucet features striking black crystal knob handles uninhibited by multilayered details, allowing them to shine at their fullest potential in your contemporary bathroom space.

Bathroom Faucet Spout Styles

Bathroom faucet spout types range from sweeping gooseneck designs to minimal and low forms. Discover all the different faucet spouts to determine which one best meets your needs.

Tall Spout

single handle tall spout faucet with a vessel sink
Featured Product: One™ Single-Control Sink Faucet, Tall Spout

Tall spouts pair well with vessel sinks and basins, ensuring there is adequate space between both fixtures. As they are more engaging and artful, you can use a tall-spout faucet as a focal point in your interior.

Low Spout

traditional low spout, lever handle bathroom faucet on a white pedestal sink
Featured Product: For Town Sink Faucet, Low Spout, Lever Handles

Consider combining a low-spout faucet with a pedestal sink for a timeless look in your guest bathroom. Our For Town sink faucet features a flat spout and hexagonal base, pairing well with a classic interior.

Arch Spout Bathroom Faucets

arch spout faucet in polished chrome finish
Featured Product: Script™ Decorative Sink Faucet, Spring Rain Enamel Lever Handles

The arch spout, also called a gooseneck spout, is the epitome of elegance. A graceful spout catches the eye on its own and creates space for a tile backsplash or wallpaper to be enjoyed.

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Bathroom Faucet Colors and Finishes

a variety of luxury faucet handles in various finishes, including chrome, matte black, bronze, and unlacquered brass

Bathroom faucets are available in all multiple colors and textures, from polished and reflective to brushed and muted. Each signature KALLISTA finish is created in complex layers that allow the color to penetrate the metal and elevate the feel of any space. From living finishes that age with a unique beauty to durable powder coatings, every KALLISTA finish is sure to complete your design.

Modern Matte Black

Featured Product: One™ Decorative Collection

Matte black bathroom sink faucets offer the sophisticated modern touch of black in a softer charcoal shade. Our signature Matte Black is a powder-coated finish that is both durable and sensuous to the touch, perfect for standing up to everyday use. The velvety sheen of a black bathroom faucet adds a dramatic new texture to a space, whether used in thoughtful abundance or as a standalone accent.

Brilliant Polished Chrome

modern chrome faucet with low and long spout
Featured Product: Per Se® Sink Faucet, Low Spout, Lever Handles

Impart a cool shine into your space with a Polished Chrome bathroom faucet. Offering more luster than a stainless-steel bathroom faucet, this finish beautifully captures reflections from the surrounding environment. Polished Chrome is perfect for coordinating your look across different collections.

Golden Unlacquered Brass

shiny golden bathroom sink faucet with tall angular spout, cross handles, and unlacquered brass finish
Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Tall Spout, Cross Handles

Unlacquered Brass bathroom faucets offer surprising depth and dimension, with a flexible finish capable of adding warmth modern and traditional interiors. Rich, layered brass shading and deep golden undertones impart a burnished luster to engage the senses. When left unpolished, it oxidizes over time to achieve an appearance of graceful aging.

Types of Bathtub Faucets

You can’t forget about your bathing fixtures when coordinating your design. Bathtub faucets are available in wall-mount, deck-mount, and freestanding designs to appeal to many tastes. Let’s explore the best bathroom faucet types to complement your luxury bathing experience. 

Deck-Mount Bath Faucet

chrome deck-mount bath faucet with lever handles and low spout
Featured Product: Counterpoint® Deck-Mount Bath Faucet, Lever Handles

If your tub has a small shelf or countertop area, there may be pre-drilled holes for a deck-mount installation. Reminiscent of the Roman tub faucet style, the elegant simplicity of deck-mount faucets allows you to pair them with various aesthetics. Deck-mount bath faucets often include handles for temperature control. 

Freestanding Bath Faucet

chrome bath faucet above freestanding tub
Featured Product: One™ Freestanding Bath Faucet

A freestanding tub requires a freestanding bath faucet, resulting in a spa-like setup. You can also pair your freestanding tub faucet with a handshower for a custom and luxurious bath.

Wall-Mount Bath Spout

bath spout above tub
Featured Product: Inigo® Wall-Mount Bath Spout

Some layouts and plumbing configurations require a wall-mount spout. A wall bath spout allows for a simple installation and clean design, while separate handles control temperature and volume.

Explore Bathroom Faucet Types at a Showroom Near You

We hope this guide brings you one step closer to designing the bathroom sanctuary of your dreams. For more expert advice on choosing the right faucet for your design and installation requirements, visit a KALLISTA showroom.

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