Matte Black on a Budget

Matte black is a beautiful finish on faucets and fixtures that instantly creates style and sophistication in your kitchen and your bathroom. And, the best news is that you can make your matte black dream come true without breaking the bank.

One of the reasons matte black works so well is that it’s the ultimate neutral. Like the perfect pair of black pants, it goes with anything and makes everything look better. Plus, because matte black lacks the polish of a chrome or nickel finish, it won’t show water spots or fingerprints, so it’s easy to keep it looking great in two of the busiest rooms in the house.

Here’s how you can turn up your style a notch or ten with matte black for around $500.

In the kitchen

In the kitchen, Moen’s Arbor pulldown kitchen faucet ($207) commands attention. Not only does it have show-stopping good looks, it also helps you make short work of meal prep and clean up with the integration of Moen’s new patented Power Clean technology. Power Clean increases the spray of the pulldown faucet by up to 50 percent, so sticky messes disappear quickly without making a bigger mess by splashing all over your counter.

Having a pulldown kitchen faucet means you no longer need your side spray. We suggest installing the Moen transitional soap dispenser in matte black ($110) for the perfect dynamic duo of convenience right at your fingertips.

TOTAL: $317

In the bathroom

Delta Faucet has a variety of great looks in matte black for your bathroom, including the instantly classic Trinsic collection.

Start with the Trinsic 8-inch widespread bathroom faucet ($278). Simple lines with a contemporary twist might make you think, “industrial,” but you can pair this faucet with any style as the perfect complement.

Outfit your shower with a beautiful shower head with single handle control ($150) that gives you a drenching spray every time you step under the water. Delta’s patented H20kinetic technology gives you three times the coverage of a traditional shower without wasting a single drop.

If you have a shower-over-tub configuration, you can add the Trinsic spout with diverter ($46).

We can’t forget the most necessary accessories; the toilet paper holder and the towel bar. Trinsic offers a paper holder that keeps the roll in place ($36) while also making it easy to change the roll when it’s time for a new one.

Towel bars are available in a variety of lengths; from 12 to 30 inches and also come in a double-bar configuration at the 24-inch length. The 18-inch towel bar ($38) is great for bathrooms where space may come at a premium; it’s long enough to hold a bath towel plus a wash cloth without taking up too much wall.

TOTAL: $548