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November 13, 2015

Bathroom Update: Kohler Purist Fixtures

I've had to make some difficult decisions while planning our bathroom renovation, but choosing the fixtures was simple: I wanted Kohler.  Everyone I encountered during the planning process (including plumbers, plumbing supply and bathroom reno store employees, and random old dudes at The Home Depot who do not work there but feel compelled to share their wisdom/chat me up) insisted that the quality can't be beat.  That was all I needed to hear, because I've been drooling over the Kohler ads in my home decor magazines for years.

Kohler Purist Bath Spout

Handy Hubby and I chose the Purist line because it has a simple, mid-century modern inspired look that we love - and it complements our interior door hardware.  Even though mixing metals and styles is trendy right now, give me matching metals any day.  In a small home like ours, the coordination helps create the cohesive, streamlined, airy space I crave. 

For the tub, we opted for the Purist® Rite-Temp® pressure-balancing bath faucet trim and the Purist hand shower kit.  We had a hand held shower in the townhouse and loved it, so I knew from the beginning I wanted it again.  I shower at night but wash my hair in the morning, so this hand held shower is indispensable to me - plus it's perfect for rinsing out the tub after washing it, bathing the pup (if we ever have a dog smaller than a horse), and winning at water fights.  I have seen a lot of bathrooms where the hand held shower kit supplements a standard shower head, but that seems a bit redundant to us.  This is perfection.

Kohler Purist Hand Held Shower

We made a critical mistake by not measuring where we put the bracing for the bar, which was then completely covered during the tiling process - obviously!  Not to worry: we located the bracing and were able to move forward with the installation.  Other than that, installation was a breeze and we just followed the instruction manuals for everything.

One of the best features is the drain plug control, which you operate by twisting the cover for the overflow - this means no reaching in to a scungy tub to pull a drain cord!  In my mind, that is what total luxury looks like.

Kohler Purist Vibrant Brushed Nickel
Kohler Purist Spout

I accidentally ordered the wrong tub spout.  I had originally wanted this spout because the profile is the same as the Purist lavatory faucets we ordered for the vanity.  But when this arrived, I really liked the shaped and so I kept it.  This is my version of mixing and matching ;)

Kohler Purist Tub Faucet

I have seen a lot of people (like Emily Henderson) use the Kohler Purist line in the brushed gold, so ordering the vibrant brushed nickel was a gamble because I hadn't seen it in person or even on any design blogs.  Happily, I wasn't disappointed - it's beautiful!  The brushed nickel on some cheaper faucets at the home improvement store really varies and some have a really yellow cast.  This finish is perfect - exactly what you would expect from a high quality, brushed nickel finish.  It's been really easy to clean, too: I just wipe it down gently with water and buff dry with a towel to ensure there are no water spots.  It takes seconds and there are no harsh cleaners involved.  I am just thrilled!

Kohler Purist Bath Spout

In these photos you can get a better sense of the beautiful shimmer and organic feel of my tile choice - and it's so easy to clean, thanks to the large size and minimal grout lines.

Baby steps toward a finished, functioning space!  The walnut cabinetry is getting installed today, which means the counters and aqua sinks will be installed soon... 

Disclosure: After choosing my finishes and fixtures, I reached out to Kohler and was thrilled when Kohler agreed to collaborate with me on this bathroom reno.  All design choices and opinions are my own.  I was not asked to provide a review about the projects.  I am just jazz hands excited about finally having some high end bathroom faucets!  Oh yeah, and showering inside - another major luxury.


  1. Love the fixtures, and I'm with you about not mixing metals. Like you, I know it's trendy right now to mix them, but I've never been sure how to tell the difference between a "trendy mismatch" and the homeowner's simply being too lazy/clueless to pay attention to small detail. I think that matching metals...and even the general shape of light and plumbing fixtures/knobs/pulls throughout a home...makes for a much more cohesive flow and polished look.

    1. I wish we lived closer so we could go shopping together - a mother/daughter double date! - because we like so many of the same things. I have seen some excellent metal matching that has made me look twice (and flag ideas for Mom's house, because she has generations of additions in her older home, with lots of metals), but you're right, often it just looks like someone didn't care enough to replace certain things. It's a skill, to be sure! One day it will fade as a trend and matching will be in. Then you and I can say we were ahead of the trend, lol. Until then, we're here to provide a little variety in the world for our fellow metal matchers.

  2. I am jealous of your bathroom. One day, I want to fix the mixed metals in my house, but I am have a hard time figuring out what to do. (I have 70s golden oak on all the woodwork, and it cannot be changed cause it's my parent's house.) What would you suggest?

    1. I am starting to think that golden oak CAN be worked with - I've recently opted to keep the yellowy pine in my guest space ( I think that a palette of black, greys and white with textured neutrals can move 70s oak more toward a modern, Scandinavian look, without covering up the wood grain. If you like colour, some chalky muted pastels could do the trick. I started a Pinterest board with ideas to inspire me and you might find some ideas too:

      If this isn't your jam (it can be a stark look), I can put on my thinking cap again - I'm up for the challenge of offering some suggestions for designing around oak! I totally understand having to work around things you can't change. In the townhouse I had to keep the wood kitchen cabinets as-is, but eventually I found the right art and accessories to make the space work - but it took some time!

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    1. Thanks!! I'm so happy with them. So far, the quality is what I'd expect for the price, too.


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