Tips for choosing tapware

THE LOOK: There is currently a move towards a more minimalist or industrial aesthetic which demands simple and subtle product choices. Photo courtesy of Methven.

THE LOOK: There is currently a move towards a more minimalist or industrial aesthetic which demands simple and subtle product choices. Photo courtesy of Methven.

Whether you're building a new home or renovating your kitchen or bathroom, deciding on tapware can be overwhelming. Fortunately, brand manager at Methven, Nick Swan has great advice to narrow the decision making.

What’s hot in tapware? 

Organic, round styles and shapes continue to be the most popular designs as compared to the more geometric, sharper designs. What is increasingly becoming more popular is the combination of the two with a square foundation softened at the edges and complemented with curves. 

Due to the timelessness and versatility of the chrome finish in tapware, it will continue to be the most popular finish, followed by matte black which is still very much staying around.

After the past popularity of rose gold, we’re now seeing the more measured, gold finish make a resurgence back into the market. 

What tapware styles make a big impact?

A high-rise or vessel basin mixer over a stand-alone basin can make a real statement in a bathroom. It also gives you the opportunity to get creative with tapware placement.

Traditionally the tap would be placed at the back of the basin, however with a high-rise/vessel mixer you can place it to the side of the basin.

Wall-mounted basin tapware can be an easy way to create a statement in a bathroom. The tapware is typically positioned higher and closer to the eye line, catching people’s attention and drawing their curiosity.

When selecting kitchen tapware, look for pull-out or pull-down sink mixers which add a touch of class. 

How do you choose tapware that complements your bathroom?

Typically by the time tapware is being selected, a decision has been made leaning towards a round or square design. Your tapware should complement that overall design objective of the bathroom.

Gather options together, take your time and do your research. Create a mood board or a scrapbook of design ideas and products. 

How do you pair tapware with a basin?

A free-standing basin will require either a wall mounted tapware set or a hob (deck) mounted high-rise/vessel. A wall-mounted tapware set can be a great way to keep your vanity bench top clear and allow space for other items.

Consider the spout length of the tapware selected in regards to the basin itself. If the spout is too long or too short, it can result in water splashing out of the basin. Ideally, water should be directed towards the waste/drain. 

Think about the size of the basin and tapware, or better yet, select them together so they can be proportionately sized to match each other.