Choosing taps for your kitchen or bathroom is no easy feat, and many encounter something of a jungle when they begin to look into options. The easiest advice that we can give here is to first consider the kind of tap that you want i.e. mixer, traditional, etc., and then think about what kind of budget you have. Once you have identified these two factors, it is time to start thinking about what kind of finish you want on the tap. There is such a range of options here from stainless steel taps and more, but how do you know which is right for you?
Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics of commonly chosen tap finishes, to help you get the right one for you and your kitchen.
Stainless Steel Taps
We’ll start with a very common tapware finish, stainless steel. This is just about the most simple choice you can make, and stainless steel taps have been used for generations. The reason for this is that they are low-cost, available in a huge range of tapware options and they have a classic and alluring look.
Matte Black Taps
If you have a modern or minimalist kitchen, or indeed a whitewashed kitchen, matte black taps could be a great choice to make. This has recently become one of the most popular options for kitchens and is also used frequently in bathrooms. Matte black taps just oozes style and simplicity which is why it has become so popular. Keep an eye out for brands like Astra and Walker, who produce some beautiful matte black taps which are durable and function very well indeed.
Brushed Gold Taps
We usually see brushed gold taps placed in the bathroom, although they can certainly work well in the kitchen too. Gold has always offered a sense of decadence, opulence, and classic beauty, and that is just what you can expect when you install this tapware finish in the home. Modern kitchens and bathrooms can benefit from brushed gold, but they really are at home inside a traditionally designed space. Brushed gold is very durable and easy to clean, delivering style and class for years to come.
Aged Brass Taps
Aged brass is a finish that is lab-created yet exudes a beautiful organic look. The brass is chemically treated to give off a naturally-damaged look. The result of this procedure is spectacular and these taps look great in both kitchens and bathrooms. The reason why this is such a great choice is that the natural light hits the surface of the finish differently depending on strength and angle, showcasing the true beauty of the brassware. Aged brass may be a little bit more expensive than the likes of stainless steel, but the aesthetic of this option is well worth it. Given the procedure that the brass goes through, it becomes very strong and robust, just what you may need in your kitchen and bathroom.
Some other finishes you could look at are:
- Brushed Brass
- Brushed Nickel
- Polished Chrome
- Brushed Chrome
Remember to focus on budget and tap type before you start to delve into different kinds of tapware finishes.