January 20th, 2021
Blending Modern With Traditional: 6 Transitional Finishes to Breathe New Life Into Your Style
The beautiful thing about bathroom design trends is that anything goes. Gone are the days of sticking to one bathroom style. Mixing up textures, finishes and trends is the way to go, which means anyone can get a unique bathroom style.
One of the hottest trends, and one that is here to stay, is mixing modern and traditional. Traditional styles are evergreen for a reason — they’re tried, tested and true. But sometimes traditional can feel bland and like more of the same. Infusing traditional with a splash of modern can take an older design to new heights.
We’ve put together this list of five mixed finishes that will breathe new life into your bathroom style:
1. Matte Black
We have to mention matte black first because it’s just so versatile. It fits with almost any traditional design, infusing new into the old. This matte black finished faucet blends perfectly with the natural and neutral tones of the bathroom. The faucet style is simple, keeping the lines of the design unobstructed, creating a relaxing atmosphere that anyone would want to sink into.
And can we take a moment to focus on that wood trim handle? Wow! Talk about mixing traditional and modern. Love this split faucet design? Check out more split-finish combos we love here.
2. Natural Polished Brass Pipes
Polished brass is definitely traditional. This look combines the extraordinary and makes for a bathroom finish that is truly unique.
Fusing polished brass with an industrial pipe-look is a unique way to play with modern and traditional. Exposed pipes are rapidly becoming the hottest trend, and it looks great in all sorts of bathroom finishes.
Showing exposed pipe works really well with polished finishes that Watermark is known for. Our polished finishes have been carefully designed and crafted for over 40 years.
The really cool thing about this design is that it mixes with almost any decor, like the wood paneled wall featured in this design. Now this is Instagram worthy!
Looking for color? You’ve come to the right place. Solid colors are where it’s at — and we can see why. (And we’re not talking about on the walls.)
Mixing a gate valve faucet with a solid color like white is a great way to fuze traditional and modern, breathing life into a beloved design. Other colors like red and navy blue are also hot when it comes to bathroom design ideas.
The key to this look is simplicity. The stone counter and sink in a deep shade makes the faucet pop, creating a focal point and, if we’re completely honest, a conversation starter!
But it’s the wheel faucet design that has us drooling. It’s an understated design that is a perfect medium for a shock of color.
Excuse us while we go redesign our own bathrooms!
4. Oil-Rubbed Bronze
There’s something about oil-rubbed bronze that feels like antiquity. It’s a rich texture that isn’t just traditional, it’s classic. But that doesn’t mean it’s outdated! Oil-rubbed bronze is the perfect way to blend modern with traditional when combined with simple faucet designs like this one.
Mixing oil-rubbed bronze with a minimalistic aesthetic helps bring this traditional material to life. A shallow granite sink and pinewood features create a spa-like design that is beautiful and luxurious, and it brings the feel of nature to you, instead of you having to go outside to find it.
5. Gunmetal Gorgeous
Can we just take a moment and admire this incredible look? Everything about it is stunning — and talk about mixing traditional and modern.
A gunmetal bathroom faucet is the perfect completion to this luxurious bathroom. With the soft wall color and rich wood, the gunmetal color of the faucet is warmed up and accentuated by a stark white sink.
But we’re not done yet! Did you get a look at those split-finished handles in wood and gold? This look has so many layers of both modern and traditional — which is why it’s one of our favorites.
6. Rounded Rectangles & Bright Colors
Who says transitional design needs to be boring? Definitely not us.
The designer pulled no punches when it came to this bathroom. While the style of the tiles is traditional, the orientation and bright colors are anything but. And to bring a touch of modern into the mix, they opted for brushed gold for the mirror shelf, faucet and cabinet handles.
The rounded rectangular shape is repeated throughout the design, seen in the tiles, the sink, shelf, cabinet pulls and the Brut 64 faucet. You truly get the best of every world in this stunning bathroom.
Let Us Help You With Your Next Project
Choosing the right faucet for your bathroom design can be exciting, and the possibilities are endless. Take advantage of the timelessness of traditional looks and infuse a spark of modern or vice versa. There’s a look for everyone, and Watermark is here to help you find the perfect faucet for your bathroom remodel.