Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tap into a Trend; for the Ultimate Bathroom Style, Let Your Inspiration Flow with the Perfect Tap, Says JULIA GRAY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tap into a Trend; for the Ultimate Bathroom Style, Let Your Inspiration Flow with the Perfect Tap, Says JULIA GRAY

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Byline: JULIA GRAY

BATH and basin taps are essential to any bathroom, but their beauty doesn't stop at function; they can also be a design statement in their own right because there are lots of things to consider when buying bathroom taps, but the style is paramount.

The different elements of your bathroom should go together, so if you have a period-style room, you need classic taps to suit that period, and if you've gone down the contemporary route, you need sleek, modern taps.

Try the taps with the bathroom suite to check they're the right style and size - it's especially important that the basin tap is in proportion to the basin. Most bathroom taps are chrome these days, but other finishes are available.

That said, it's not all about looks, and you'll obviously need to consider ease of use when buying your taps too, especially for the youngest and oldest members of the family, who may have difficulty operating some designs.

"You'll use these taps every day, so think about how you'll interact with them," says Simon Browning, industrial design director at Mira Showers.

"Make sure the control feels precise and the taps are easy to use."

You don't need to spend a fortune to get good taps, but it can be a false economy to buy really cheap ones because a tap has working parts and those parts can fail if they're poor quality. If you soon end up having to get the taps repaired or replaced, you'll wish you'd spent more on a product designed to last.

"The quality of the materials and finish of a tap is very important when it comes to good water flow, ease of cleaning and maintenance, and long-term value," says Simon. "You can judge the quality of a tap by the warranty that comes with it, as well as aesthetic values: look for perfect symmetry and flat lines on the edges of the tap. …

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