With such a wide range of designs, styles and finishes on offer choosing a new tap or mixer for your bathroom or kitchen can be overwhelming. From traditional taps to contemporary mixers, brassware today is design rich and filled with technology. The leading designer online store UK Bathrooms provides some practical advice to help find the perfect tap or mixer.
When remodelling a space, the tap isn’t usually at the top of the list, and for some, it can be an afterthought – but the right choice can transform a design. No longer regarded as just a practicality, a tap or mixer is now an opportunity to inject style into homes.
One of the main factors to consider is the durability of the tap or mixer, it needs to be able to cope with regular use, be easy to keep clean as well as look good. Most taps and showers are made from brass and then after manufacture are ‘plated’ with a finish such as chrome, brass, nickel, black or even a colour matched to requirements.
Basin Mixer Taps
Basin mixer taps are one of the most popular, and can be a stylish edition whilst, at the same time providing the perfect water temperature as they blend hot and cold water before it comes out of the tap.
If you, or your client is leaning to a more contemporary bathroom, then consider a sleek, minimalist style such as the Grohe Eurocube Contemporary Basin Mixer Tap. Featuring Grohe’s SilkMove technology it guarantees a smooth and easy operation and its angular, modern design is finished in StarLight chrome.
If the preferred style is more traditional and reminiscent of a Victorian or Edwardian look these are characterised by generous curves and ornate handles such as the Burlington Stafford Bathroom Basin Mixer. This monobloc mixer has white ceramic inlays inscribed with hot and cold and can isolate or mix water as required.
MPRO from leading brand Crosswater, delivers on flow performance, safety and water efficiency and the new Brushed Brass finish ensures the bathroom is as beautifully crafted as it is designed.
Pair of taps
There is also a wide range of separate taps if preferred and again the choice is vast whether it be in a traditional or contemporary style. The Imperial Regent range of taps are fitted to the basin with two tap holes, the brassware is shapely in design and operated by elegant lever style handles. Available in chrome, antique gold or nickel finish to match the bathroom design.
If it’s the kitchen tap that is being replaced or upgraded then it’s very important to choose wisely, considering lifestyle as well as design scheme. Leading brands such as hansgrohe, Grohe, Vado and Pegler all offer a range of stylish and practical solutions.
Choice will be dictated by the type of sink as these come pre-drilled with holes for either one or two taps. The other factor to consider is water pressure, a low-pressure system means advice may be needed to ensure the best solution.
A one holed fixture will need either a monobloc tap with a single spout or a one handled single lever tap. If two holes in the sink then traditional pillar taps will fit.
A kitchen mixer tap is a stylish addition to a sink, supplied as a single unit to connect hot and cold inlets, it works by combining the flow of water from both so that the perfect temperature can be achieved.
hansgrohe offers a range of taps with intelligent functions including the Talis with its rounded curves and the multi-functional Focus. The Focus is available with a pull-out spray, an excellent choice to help reach all parts of the sink, allowing for ease of cleaning. Pegler’s British-made range includes Galiceno and Chef, both with pull-out spray options available.
If you, or your client wants to save time when cooking or serving hot drinks then consider installing a boiling water tap. With an internal boiler set-up and a varying capacity that basically heats water, these taps are not only functional but also money-saving and energy efficient. Grohe offers a great selection of boiling water taps. Fittings are available in two sizes and can replace a regular kitchen tap.
With such a huge choice of style, design and function and from some of the leading manufacturers in the world then it’s best to consider all options carefully when choosing new taps or mixers. Visit ukbathrooms.com for further help and advice.