Kitchen and bath colors that stay in style

Q: Dear Ed: We're building a new small home and it will be our last house. The kitchen is right next to our downstairs bathroom and I would like the plumbing fixture colors in the bathroom to match the kitchen sink. We have no plans to remodel this home while we live there. What are some safe plumbing fixture color choices that can keep in style for a long time?

— Bee, Ohio

A: In my experience with changing out-of-date fixtures, I've noticed very dark and vibrant fixture colors seem to come in and out of style more than the lighter mainstream fixture colors.

In all fairness, many trendy kitchens go with these impact colors knowing that down the road updates will be done when needed. But, from what I’ve seen, if you’re looking for colors that stay in style for a very long time, white or off-white fixture colors can be safe choices and easy to match. Recently, a newer color has joined the ranks of these long-lasting hues, and that’s light gray, sometimes called “ice gray.”

Bottom line: If you’re trying to keep your plumbing fixtures in style longer, go with basic white or go very light!


Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or write

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