Choosing the right style
The wide range of taps on offer can sometimes seem overwhelming. But by simply combining your own personal taste preferences with the functionality you require, you can narrow down the choice quite dramatically to make the process a little easier. Here are some tips on how to find bathroom taps that are perfect for you:
Use the tap as a starting point: If you’re struggling to come up with a bathroom theme, try selecting the taps first and use them as the inspiration for your bathroom design.
See what’s available: If you already have a style in mind, make a mood board and take it to your sanitaryware supplier where all the options are on display. In this way you will get a realistic idea of the finishes and sizes of the fittings and get a better understanding of what’s out there.
Remodelling: If you’re refurbishing an existing bathroom, make sure that the tap matches the overall existing design. Choosing a tap just because you like it may not have the desired effect once combined with another style.
Finishes: Keep in mind that although polished finishes such as chrome are elegant, they require a lot of upkeep to keep them looking shiny and new. Brushed finishes are more practical as they hide fingerprints and watermarks. With a variety of finishes to choose from, it’s often easier to forget about what metal the tap is made of and concentrate on the look you’re trying to achieve.
Look at the prices and guarantees: Don’t go for the cheapest options – they may end up costing you more in the long run. Always look at the guarantees as these give a good indication of the quality of the tap.
If you’re retrofitting an existing bathroom and need to keep your costs low, you will have to match the type of tap to your existing taps, which may limit your options. If you’re prepared to re-plumb and re-tile the surrounding areas, and don’t mind replacing basins and baths that have the tap holes in the wrong position, then this will not be a problem.
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