Taps may seem a small feature in your bathroom, but making brassware a priority can boost your room’s design kudos
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Whether you’re redesigning your bathroom from scratch or simply doing a budget revamp, don’t put off shopping for new taps until last. Standout bathroom taps can step up the room’s style and individuality – just as much as a shapely bath or high-tech shower. Check out our favourites.
Wall-mount for modern appeal
A sleek, angular basin calls for an uncluttered look, which means moving the taps off the basin top and onto the wall. This wall-mounted basin mixer matches the sink below with its sheer understatement, an effect enhanced by the simplicity of the tiles behind.
Try traditional – but with a twist
Pillar taps like these are the go-to fitting for anyone who loves a contemporary look with an easy-going vintage edge. Packed with period character, they’re the perfect match for anything from a Victorian-style basin to an industrial-look sink. Put them in a row like this for low-level wow factor.
Choose luxury hotel style
If you’ve chosen a highly contemporary freestanding bath with no room for deck-mounted taps on the actual bath, you’ve got two other tap choices: wall- or floor-mounted. But if you’ve got the space, it has to be a floor-standing mixer because it brings grandeur to the bathroom all on its own – and allows you to place the bath centrally in the room.
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Go for brassy metallics
Gone are the days when brass bathroom fittings were reserved for glitzy hotel rooms – now, even the most low-key of stylish bathrooms are sporting them. How to get the look right? Match them with an unfussy, pared-back, monochromatic scheme like this – it will show them off and they’ll add warmth to the room.
Be bold with black
Thanks to the popularity of Scandinavian style, the monochromatic room scheme is enjoying an extended revival, and this time in a stylish – not a 1980s bachelor pad – way. So why not commit to the scheme entirely with a black bath shower mixer? Avoid gloss finishes and go for matt black for subtle Scandi good looks.
Compete with other fittings
Decking out your bathroom with an expensive (or expensive-looking) bath, beautiful wall tiles and an elegant shower screen? Pick taps that can stand up to the competition. These are in a rose gold and marble finish; their design is very simple, perfect for a room that’s contemporary and subtly showy.
Save space with mixer taps
In a small bathroom with little storage space and a compact basin, a traditional chrome mixer pillar tap is the best option. Importantly, it gives you space either side for toothbrushes and bathroom bottles. Plus, in our opinion, it’s a more attractive option than two single fittings, especially for a bathroom with little space for architectural interest.
Conjure up a luxurious feel
If high tech, high glamour is your thing, a waterfall tap will work brilliantly over an angular basin. The best waterfall taps deliver the water languidly and will even light up so that they glow as they flow. Choose one with proportions that are as generous as those of the basin below it for maximum impact.
Make your own taps
If you’re looking to create a vintage or industrial feel for your home, why not ask your plumber to create taps from exposed copper piping? In this room, the effect has been heightened – on a budget – by giving the bath a coat of copper paint. Clever.
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Basin-mount for compact spaces
If elbow room is at a premium – perhaps in an en suite or cloakroom – this tap solution is ideal. It looks luxurious but is neat, compact and still allows some room on the countertop for storage. The angular contours of the fitting keep the basin area fuss-free and streamlined, too.
What was behind your choice of bathroom taps? Tell us and share your tips in the Comments section.