How To Choose the Right Tapware For Your Home

While the big picture is certainly important, a home’s charm emanates from the tiny details that can be found within the space. A perfect example? Your tapware.

But with so many options and different styles available, how do you ensure you’re choosing the right fit for your space? Here are our top tips.

Your style

The first step is to consider the style of your space. Is your room modern and minimalist, or is it inspired by the luxurious Hamptons-style? Does the space reflect mid-century design or is a classic refurbished home with plenty of Victorian elements? Are the colours muted or bright with interesting textures throughout?

These are the kinds of questions you should ask yourself before you decide on tapware. You definitely don’t want to choose a style that clashes with the rest of the space – for instance pairing cubic modern tapware with a heritage kitchen design may not be the best decision…

For a modern home design, we suggest opting for more sculptural and angular tapware. If your new home is inspired by the Victorian or Edwardian eras, you could choose tapware that reflects this period – something like brushed gold or other antique options

Colours and finishes

Colour and finishes are another crucial selection when it comes to tapware. In many contemporary homes we’re seeing matte black tapware, which has gained popularity for its modern finish and functionality – for example, it’s much less prone to showing finger smudges than metallic tapware. It also provides an excellent contrast to marble splashbacks or light coloured tiles.

If you’re looking to add a touch of glamour to a space, you can’t go past brass tapware, which has a stunning, eye-catching gold finish. It’s a great way to infuse a space with added elegance. While more common in classic style kitchens and bathrooms, this style can also work excellently in more modern spaces, complementing white marble and colourful tiles brilliantly.

For a simple and subtle option, brushed gold, brushed nickel and gun metal tapware are all great options.

Types of tapware

Colours, finishes and style aren’t all you have to decide on, they are also plenty of different types of tapware to choose from! Here’s a quick rundown of the most common options on the market:

  • Basin mixer: A single mixing lever that allows you to control the temperature with one hand. This can either be mounted on the basin or benchtop
  • Wall mixer: A mixing lever installed into the wall
  • Washer set: Includes a spout and two taps for hot and cold water. This is preferred in more classic-style homes
  • Wall-mounted basin mixer set: Includes a wall mixer and the basin spout on one back plate

When choosing tapware types for your home, always factor in the size and style of your space, where it will be installed, the type of basin it will pour water into and the most functional option for your home. For example, those with kids will likely want to opt for an easy to use, easy to reach option.


Looking for advice when it comes to choosing your tapware? Get in touch with the team at Brownhill Homes today and we can talk you through the range from our preferred supplier Phoenix Tapware.


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