“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu
Millennials have redefined many industries. Kitchen faucet designs have not been left out of the mix. What many Millennials and the following generation prefer in their home and kitchen designs is authenticity. That has led to a trend where nature-driven designs have slowly risen in demand.
Numerous manufacturers have begun to incorporate the patterns and shapes that Mother Nature offers into several faucet designs. It is a way to create an organic design for the home that powers revenues, increases home values, and satisfies customers.
What Nature-Driven Design Options Are Available?
There are several ways that manufacturers are using kitchen faucets to bring an inspired element of Mother Nature into the home. Here are just a few of the many examples that are available right now.
- SAN-EI offers a kitchen faucet line called “Pineapple Room” that mimics the look of its namesake fruit, which is often associated with hospitality and a welcoming attitude.
- Moen offers the Powder Room Collection, which offers a kitchen faucet design that is reminiscent of bamboo.
- Finial Avian offers a two-handled kitchen faucet that offers design elements which are inspired by birds.
- Kohler offers a faucet they have called “Symbol,” which puts forth water into a sink basin in a similar way that a fountain displays water.
Many of the design options are available through other manufacturers and are available for almost any budget. The Moen bamboo-inspired faucets, for example, have high-end competition from brands like Porcher or Water Décor.
These faucets may have nature-driven designs, but they are crafted in such a way that they can work with almost any installation point. For many, an escutcheon isn’t necessary. Just pull out the old faucet, put in the updated design, and you’ve got a great new look to show off.
Hand-Forged Designs and the Modern Kitchen Faucet
In the quest for authenticity, some brands have taken their kitchen faucets to another level. Sonoma Forge is blazing a trail in the world of kitchen faucets that are hand-finished, appear to be forged, and provide a home with a rustic appearance. The advantage of a Sonoma Forge faucet is that no two faucets are exactly alike, even within the same design series.
The disadvantage is the price. The added craftsmanship within this brand has the kitchen faucets priced around $1,300.
The trend to customize faucets is not going to go away anytime soon. On the average remodeling project, a customer will spend up to $300 per faucet to receive the look they want. When you can make authentic designs available for new construction or a remodeling upgrade, you’ll have an easy upsell point that can drive better revenues.
Don’t forget about the finish of the faucet. Gold-plated, nickel-plated, and brass or copper finishes all have higher margins than chrome, though chrome finishes are consistently the #1 type of faucet purchased.
Stay up to date on the best kitchen faucets and you’ll create an authentic experience for your clientele.
What do you think the next trend will be for the kitchen faucet industry in the next decade?