Whether your bathroom or kitchen is modern, contemporary or traditional, there’s a fabulous range of kitchen taps and bathroom taps to choose from. You can find modern, classic, Victorian, traditional, rustic and contemporary taps to match all basins, sinks and baths. Here are a few things to think about:
How are they going to be used?
If you want to shower over the bath, or to wash your vegetables in the kitchen sink, you’ll need a set of shower mixer taps. They’ll mix the hot and cold water together, so you’ll have warm water flowing. These types of kitchen taps are becoming more popular, and suit most styles of kitchens.
Decide where the taps are going
The size and type of bathroom taps should fit the basin or bath. If you have a small downstairs washroom, you may need a corner basin and a set of small taps. Oversized taps in a small area will make the room look smaller. Choose a set of compact taps in shiny chrome; shiny materials have a mirror effect and will make the room look larger. Although this is only a small consideration, if you have a very small room, every little helps.
Who it’s for?
Match the style of bathroom taps to the people who will be using them. If they are going to be fitted in a professional couple’s contemporary bathroom, go for soft chromes and brass. For family use, with the wear and tear of daily use, go for hard wearing chrome taps with large heads that are easy to turn on and off. Mixer taps are a good choice and are popular with many families. For a downstairs washroom, choose a small compact set. In a large country kitchen, choose rustic kitchen taps.
Your taps must look great. If you can’t decide which kitchen or bathroom to go for, have a look at the range of matching taps, to see if you like the styles that are recommended for your preferred design. Looking at taps can be a big help at the design phase of your new bathroom or kitchen, and can help you with your final choices.
Match the bathroom suite
Taps should match the style of bathroom suite or kitchen. You can find modern, classic, Victorian, traditional, rustic and contemporary taps to match all basins, sinks and baths.
How many holes does your bath or kitchen sink have?
Monobloc taps only need one hole to fit to, whereas standard taps will need two separate holes. There are a good choice of designs, in both ranges, to fit all styles of bowls and basins.
Check the manufacturers recommendations
Make sure you buy the right taps for the use and position. Each set has a specific use and should be used according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you fit taps in the wrong place, it can result in a slow water flow because of weak pressure.
Save money and be Eco friendly
The bigger the tap, the more water will flow through it. You can buy bathroom taps which will reduce the flow of water up to seventy percent when compared with a set of standard taps. This is good for the environment and for reducing your utility bills. If you are on a water meter, water saving taps will not only reduce your heating bills but also your water bill.
So if you’re conserving energy and want to save money, go for a tap with a restricted water flow, but check with your plumber that there is enough pressure to ensure you get a good flow.
Quality of Kitchen and Bathroom Taps
Buy the best quality taps for the price you are paying. You can get value for money, by buying when the sales are on, using discount vouchers, or buying end of line ranges. Some companies will sell off their display taps at a reduced rate, these are usually good value, but check for scratches and marks before you buy. Good kitchen taps will withstand the rigours of daily use.
Love your taps
So, taking everything into account, buy taps that you like. Even if you have taps that match your bathroom or kitchen perfectly, are great quality, give great performance and are easy to use, you’ll be unhappy with your choice – unless you like them. Go for the design you like the best and then find the best set to suit your bathroom.