Once a purely functional element of a bathroom, taps have fast become a real feature and in some cases, almost works of art. World famous designers such as Phillipe Stark and Mark Newson have even lent their hand to designing taps!
When selecting tap wear for your bathroom, it’s important to consider what sort of look and feeling you are wishing to create. For example if you want to create a softer more feminine feeling, you may wish to use a more organic shape. Round or curved taps will help soften your bathroom immediately and create more fluid lines within your space. Reece have a wonderful range of stylish taps with curves that are still modern in appearance.
However if you are wishing to create a more masculine and streamlined feeling, than harder geometric shapes should be employed. Sharp angular lines in bathroom taps are very popular as their shape is often associated with a contemporary aesthetic.
Synonymous with style and elegance is Roger Seller. They stock a comprehensive range of local and European designer tap wear. They stock inspiring contemporary product that will be a welcome addition to any modern bathroom. They very recently launched the Fantini “Mint” collection which is a slick polished chrome mixer tap which would look perfect in any cutting-edge bathroom.
However if polished chrome is not your thing, but you still love the sparkle that metal offers, then look no further than the stunning range of Metropolis taps at Astra Walker. From deep Bronze, copper and even platinum, they stock it all. Creating a point of difference but maintaining a polished look has now become even easier. Consider using a bright copper tap against an earthy tone of tile for an unexpected yet elegant appearance in your bathroom.
What about taking a classic tap and giving it a new breath of life. Dornbracht have done exactly this with their Tara range. They have taken the look of a classic tap into a new and exciting realm by offering matt black and white taps. Use a white tap in a minimal all white scheme for the ultimate monochromatic bathroom. Or use the matt black to create maximum contrast in your space, or even with a black scheme to create a moody and dynamic ambience.
For the truly adventurous, and to create a truly memorable impression on your guests, consider using a brightly coloured tap. Currently trending, coloured taps are no longer seen in boutique bars and restaurants, but are now making their way into homes with an adventurous twist.
Another trend that is growing rapidly is the use of LED lights in bathroom tap wear. The high tech appearance and innovative technology have seen the popularity of these taps soar in recent months. Hansa has used their German engineering to develop the “Canyon” .The water temperature prompts the LED lights to change from blue to violet and then to red, this tap further pushes boundaries by having a sensor control. However at $4,000.00 a pop, this tap really is a luxury item.
Following the trend of digital shower showering comes digital mixer taps. You are able to program the water flow and temperature and the tap also has the eco friendly capability of automatic shut-off. Grohe offer a digital tap mixer, and in keeping with supply and demand, are also offering the tap in white and black. However before you get too excited, this product will not be in Australia for another year!
It’s important to be aware that no matter how good a tap may look, you must be sure that you select one with a high Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards (WELS) rating. The higher the range (from zero to six,) the more water efficient the product. Mixer taps also help to improve water efficiency as its lever action helps mix cold and hot water much more quickly than a traditional tap and spout operation as a mixer tap minimizes the time that it takes to get your water temperature just right.
So whether you are building a new home or looking to refresh your home, consider thinking outside of the box by using an unusual tap. The vast majority of taps out there do look similar, and most of them are very beautiful. However it only takes a little more effort to find a tap that is out of the ordinary. I guarantee you will enjoy admiring your beautiful new tap and washing your hands will become oh so much more fun !