Reposted from Curbly:
There’s a lot happening in kitchen design these days, and everything from countertops to cabinetry to faucets are at your fingertips. While I love trendy kitchens, what I appreciate even more is a timeless kitchen that feels like the people who use it.
We don’t often think of kitchens as having a “lived in” feel, but I think they should, and I’m especially smitten when they do. One of the best ways to achieve the look – even with a brand-new state-of-the-art-bells-and-whistles kitchen is to focus on the details of the small finishes. Faucets are a perfect place to do this, and I recently found a gorgeous line that excels in this kind of design.
BLANCO has a new line of faucets inspired by vintage European wine presses – which are completely classic and impressive. The line is called EMPRESSA, and the faucets it features are especially gorgeous because they work with almost any style and strike a perfect balance between vintage feel and a modern function.
While these faucets would be a great choice for a bar, I love thinking about how I’d incorporate them into a kitchen. Here are some inspiration rooms paired with the faucets I love the most from the Empressa line.
The Bridge Faucet
A farmhouse-style kitchen highlights the best of the style. It’s inviting and cozy, and layered with a variety of different styles, making it feel eclectic and homey. The photo at right would make the perfect home for the BLANCO EMPRESSA Bridge faucet because of its traditional look and clean lines. I love it in the polished nickel finish because it’s warm and bright, and the bridge gives it vintage feel, but the pull-down faucet head is modern magic.
The Bar Faucet
This faucet’s sleek profile would be perfect as part of a sweet wet bar tucked into a kitchen nook; the perfect place to store wine and spirits.
I love the bar nook design because it’s tucked away and unassuming, yet gorgeously accented with gray tiles, glass shelving, a narrow sink space and artwork.
The BLANCO EMPRESSA Bar Faucet would be right at home in this bar nook because it has a low profile that’s packed with high-function (like a pull down head with dual spray that comes in several finishes).
The Semi-Professional Kitchen Faucet
I’d place the Semi-Professional faucet in a space that’s sleek and clean, with warm wood cabinetry and furniture to make it feel unexpected, personal, and styled.
The BLANCO EMPRESSA Semi-Professional faucet would fit seamlessly into this space because it’s sleek and sculptural. It comes in four different finishes, each one highlighting that gorgeous black arm.
One of the most interesting parts BLANCO’s new line of faucets is the wine press inspiration. When working a theme into your design, it’s important to keep subtlety in mind. I think it’s fun to think about some wine details and accessories that could be worked into any kitchen to play on the wine inspiration.