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05 Jul 2022 by Caroma
3 Considerations when choosing tapware for your bathroom
The right tapware can transform a bathroom from drab to fab, yet understanding what shapes, materials and designs suit your space can often cause confusion.
We asked Luke Di Michiel, Caroma Industrial Designer, for his three top considerations for choosing tapware before your next purchase.
1. Space and environment
It’s really important to consider the tapware application and environment. This will likely dictate the type of tapware that’s most suitable for your bathroom. Mixer tapware is easy to use and to clean, making it great for a busy family bathroom.
Three-piece tapware is a more traditional look, but can often be retro-fitted to help to reduce renovation costs.
Water efficient tapware has certainly come along way with efficient aerators creating significant water savings without compromising on performance. Remember to check the WELS rating on tapware before purchase.
These days we’re spoilt for choice with all the different materials and finishes to choose from. Your choice will come down to the style of the bathroom you’re creating.
Chrome: Traditionally, chrome was the only tapware finish available. Timeless and easy to maintain, chrome matches with a variety of different styles and textures seamlessly. Fingerprints and watermarks and more visible on chrome tapware.
Stainless Steel: The key advantage of stainless steel is it’s very tough and durable. Machined stainless steel is also great at reducing finger and water marks. A big benefit in a busy family bathroom! The ‘con’ is that is usually costs much more than chrome plated brass tapware.
Brass: Brass tapware is very popular at the moment and, depending on the finish, can have a natural patina allowing the tapware to age and change character over time.
Matte Black: Matte black tapware is on trend at the moment and can really give your bathroom a modern and sophisticated look and feel. The material however, will fade over time and no wax based cleaners or chemicals can be used to clean the product.
3. Consistency is key
It’s important that tapware, basins and baths are matched together to deliver the best experience. Above counter basins that sit proud on a vanity top work best when matched with tower basin mixers or wall basin mixers. Proportionally you want your basin and tapware to look right – it’s no good matching a large generous basin with a small petite mixer.
Discover how you can create a beautiful bathroom with Caroma by visiting our tapware range here.