Victorian-Style Lav Faucets
One easy way to warm up a bathroom: Swap in a vintage-look faucet. Here, our favorites to fit sink decks with one, two, or three holes—or none at all
Nothing adds character to a bathroom faster than a classic two-handle faucet with buttons marked hot and cold and an elegant shepherd's-crook spout. While rooted in a late-Victorian-era style, today's cross-handle faucet sets run the gamut from near-reproductions in shiny brass and nickel to dramatic reinterpretations with updated satin and patinated finishes. There are also sizes and configurations to fit every type of sink deck. Popular widespread models fit the widest variety of basins, while bridge styles minimize drilling into stone vanity tops and centerset and single-hole sets work for compact spaces.
Each faucet in this gallery features all-brass construction and a durable ceramic disc valve, no matter the price tag. So whatever your budget, think of it this way: It's not often you can update a room in the time it takes to switch out a spigot.
We've listed the best prices available at press time, but shop around at stores and online retailers—you may be able to do even better.
This flexible style works with a wide range of sinks and vanities, requiring three holes that can be spaced anywhere from 6 to 12 inches apart.
All in the Details
This faucet, with a rounded "pineapple" drain pull atop the stem and late-Victorian "dewdrop" spokes, has
a low-rise spout that won't block the swing of your medicine-cabinet door. About $835; Sigma Designer Faucetry
Five-spoke handles, a ribbed base, and a gleaming brass finish give this faucet its showy Victorian style, making it a nice centerpiece in a powder room or hall bath. About $325; Affordable Antique Bath & More
With a slightly streamlined spout and spokes, plus a glossy chrome finish, this midrise faucet set is a versatile basic that would be at home in any bath in the house. About $480;Restoration Hardware
This low-slung faucet, with its drooping spokes and faceted base, was designed and made in France with a hand-rubbed polished-nickel finish to evoke a true vintage piece. About $1,725; Waterworks
For sinks and vanities that are short on space, center-set and single-hole faucets free up room around the sink top.
Designed for small sinks with hot and cold just 4 inches apart, this chrome-plated Randolf Morris centerset model with porcelain handles has petite proportions perfect for a powder room or kid's bath. About $95; Vintage Tub & Bath
A late-19th-century-style hot-and-cold connector raises a faucet's profile, literally. A bridge faucet may also be a fit for a vintage sink with holes 8 inches apart or a vessel sink of today.
Clear the Deck
Migrating from utility sinks to bath lavs in the 1920s, wall-mount faucets declutter the sink area. This one from CIFIAL USA, with a warm, aged-brass finish, has a swiveling spout—useful when rinsing hand-washables. About $500; Homeclink