These tips and inspiring examples of design from Mico Bathrooms will help you to choose the right tapware for your home
How to choose the best statement tapware to transform your bathroom
Whether you’re looking for a quick update or you’re planning a major makeover, your secret weapon for creating a stylish bathroom is statement tapware. Often overshadowed by big ticket items like vanities and bathtubs, tapware is now stepping into the spotlight to play an important role in the look and feel of a bathroom.
Despite being small in size, great tapware packs a powerful design punch. Plus, it’s an affordable way to bring a high-end feel to even the most basic of bathrooms. But with the likes of Mico Bathrooms providing options aplenty, we round up the Four S’s in tapware design that will help you to choose the right one for your home: Style, shape, sheen and size.
Contemporary, minimalist, rustic or vintage, the style options are endless when it comes to tapware design. Start by asking yourself how you want your bathroom to make you feel and this will help to guide your tapware choices. Do you need something sleek and contemporary that is going to blend seamlessly into your new modern bathroom? Or would prefer to make a bold statement?
If you’re looking to recreate a relaxing, spa-like space a waterfall faucet like the Phoenix Nara is the perfect option. Gold or brushed brass tapware are right on trend and matched with streaky marble and a leafy indoor plant or two these taps are a dreamy way to bring a dash of glam to your space, without being over the top. Get inspired by our gallery of real homes below and see where you can shop the style
Form and function are two important things to consider when you’re choosing tapware. You want your fixtures to look great but they need to be easy to use. In a high-traffic area like the bathroom, ergonomics are really important. Think about who is in your family – monobloc taps with a single leaver are easy to use with one hand, which is great if you have young kids.
Use your bathroom style to influence the shape of your tapware. Think about if you want a monobloc fixture, mixer taps or if you want to recreate a vintage vibe with separate hot and cold spouts. If it’s looking like you have a lot of squares and hard edges in your bathroom, in the form of vanities and tiles, focus your search to curved tapware – this will help to soften the space. Have a browse through the Adesso and Phoenix ranges from Mico Bathrooms. They have incredible designs available that don’t compromise style for functionality.
Shiny or matte? Brushed or polished? The sheen that you choose for your tapware can tie your whole bathroom look together. Keep it classy with chrome fixtures or dial up the drama with brushed brass. Statement tapware is an instant way to add warmth and texture if your bathroom is feeling a little clinical. Don’t be afraid to mix matte with gloss finishes. We love the combination of glossy tiles and matte tapware as a way to add some subtle texture.
Our top style palette picks:
- Sleek and simple
Chrome tapware with a minimal palette of grey, white and wood
- Old world glamour
Gold tapware and streaky grey marble tiles
- Modern luxe
Matte black tapware in an all-white space
- Bold Drama
Brushed bronze tapware and black tiles
When it comes to tapware size really does matter. Getting it wrong can affect the flow and functionality in your bathroom, so it’s important to have all the appropriate measurements with you when shopping. Think about the size of your vanity, height and width of your sink and length of any prospective tap’s spouts.
If you have a small bathroom, wall-mounted tapware is a simple solution to free up limited bench space. Long, goose-neck style mixers are right on trend and are a striking choice if you have more room to be creative. If you’re keeping the same vanity, remember to have your current tap’s base measurement on hand – you don’t want to be left with big gaps at the base of your new tapware.
Mico Bathroom’s top questions to ask when choosing tapware:
- Do I use this tap a lot and is it nice to touch and manoeuvre?
- What don’t I like about my current tapware?
- Does it work with the style of my vanity?
- Is it going to work with my current water pressure?
- Do young children or elderly use the tapware?
- Does it provide a good warranty?