Vessel-style lavs are all the rage nowadays, and they demand special consideration when it comes to the faucet. Deck-mounting a high gooseneck is one option, of course; another is to really raise the bar by installing a wall-mounted faucet. The LK6156 coordinates nicely with this maker's vanity basins; the pared-down design is bound to work well in other contexts, too. It costs $634 in a chrome finish and $856 in brushed nickel. Elkay, 630/572-3192, www.elkayusa.com

This kitchen faucet from the Bali Collection has enough personality to stand on its own, but probably ought to have a sink nearby to do it justice. The maker touts the spout's "European craftsmanship," citing its high design, solid feel, and thoughtful engineering. It retails for $465 to $581, depending on finish — polished chrome,...

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