Modern or classic, chrome or matte black, choosing tapware can be a challenge for home renovators. Whether you’re doing a complete home renovation, or simply upgrading the fixtures in your bathroom or kitchen, here’s a summary of the latest trends to tap into and tips for choosing your tapware from tapware and shower brand Methven.
HOT TAP TRENDS. Organic, round styles and shapes continue to be the most popular designs compared to the more geometric, sharper designs. What is becoming more popular is the combination of the two with a square foundation softened at the edges and complemented with curves. Such a soft square design has greater versatility in design as it has the ability to complement both round and square aesthetics [Methven’s Waipori Basin Mixer]. Small, petite tapware is having a moment as trends move to a more minimalist aesthetic which demands simple, subtle choices. [Methven’s Arrow Basin Mixer]. Chrome continues to be the most popular finish followed by Matte Black. However, there is almost a blending of these two popular finishes with Graphite and Gun Metal growing in popularity. Stainless steel is also becoming more popular not only for the industrial finish and design, but also for its sustainable properties. Long-lasting and hard-waring, stainless steel can be re-purposed for reuse and reconditioning; and devoid of any lead it helps preserve water quality [Methven’s Turoa Basin Mixer].
STATEMENT STYLES. A high-rise or vessel basin mixer over a stand-alone basin can make an impressive statement in a bathroom renovation. 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. [Methven’s Minimalist Hi Rise Basin Mixer]. Wall mounted basin tapware can be an easy way to create a statement in a bathroom. Being wall mounted, the tapware is typically positioned higher and closer to the eye line – catching people’s attention. When selecting kitchen tapware, look for pull-out or pull-down sink mixers which add a touch of class to kitchen design. Inspired by industrial kitchens, these types of mixers provide a higher degree of moveability in and around the sink as well as looking striking. [Methven’s Culinary Gaston Pull Down].
TAPWARE TO LAST. A round minimalist design in a chrome or metallic finish will stand the test of time. Chrome and metallic finishes continue to be the most popular as they pair with everything – meaning you can update your bathroom design and styling without having to change your tapware. Look for simple classic shapes which are unlikely to date as trends change. [Methven’s Glide & Blaze tapware collections]. 3-piece tapware can be another safe option, heralding back to traditional style. It can also save time if you don’t want to rearrange plumbing fixtures as you can retro-fit to existing pipework with new spindles and tapware to refresh bathroom design. [Methven’s Waipori Wall Top Assemblies with Basin Spout].
PERFECT PAIRINGS. 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 vanitytop 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. Getting this marriage of basin drain and spout length right can be troublesome, so look for mixers and spouts that have adjustable stream aerators. These allow an extra bit of water direction control to reduce the chance of splashing. If you are selecting a hob or deck mounted basin mixer, ensure the fixing underneath is solid. Look for “twin-stud” mounting as opposed to “single-stud”. Single studs can easily loosen after use. Think about the size of both basin and the tapware. If possible, they should be selected together so they can be proportionately sized to match each other. [Methven’s Minimalist Basin Mixer].
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