“Black has been inching its way into lighting for several years, and now is starting to stick its nose into some of the higher-end faucets. Here in the Northwest, I’d describe the latest trend as “eclectic chaos.” We’re seeing things like Minimalist faucets with steampunk lighting fixtures with high-tech electric mirrors. Designers are putting together pieces that you’d not typically expect. There is a much more playful feel.
“We’re selling more warm-toned and softly brushed finishes that are unlacquered, offering a patina look. We’re also starting to see more use of color — we’ve done several jobs with pink faucets and black lighting fixtures. It might sound a little out there to some, but the spaces were striking.
“We’ve seen a significant drop-off in rose gold and gray tones, and also polished brass. I’d caution against anything that looks dated.”