How to choose your bathroom taps
There are so many choices to make when choosing a new bathroom. Style, colour, décor, sanitaryware, furniture – the list can seem endless. But make sure you find time to think about your bathroom taps. Why not consider how they complement the look and feel of this space? The right bathroom tap choice really can be transformative. But there are a number of things to consider before you make your decision, including space, budget and dimensions. However, first and foremost, you’ll need to think about water pressure!
All your bathroom taps need to deliver in terms of both form and function. So do your research and select ones that are appropriate for the water pressure in your home. Otherwise, you could be waiting half an hour for your bath to fill!
Generally speaking, if you have a combination boiler system, you have medium to high pressure. Meanwhile, a gravity-fed system usually means a low pressure situation. If you’re dealing with the latter, consider pillar bathroom taps, or taps with two handles. Floor-standing taps, wall mounted taps and single-lever mixers are all excellent high water pressure options.
There are three main choices when it comes to basin taps, which depend upon the number of pre-drilled tap holes. Traditional basins will probably have two holes, for separate hot and cold taps, while contemporary styles have one hole for a mixer. Some models have three, to accommodate two taps plus a separate water spout.
Remember, chrome is not the only option. If you’re looking to make a style statement in a traditional bathroom setting, look no further than our Heritage Glastonbury Vintage Gold Basin Pillar Taps. These eye-catching quarter turn ceramic taps deliver a taste of the roaring twenties, with the added bonus of modern-day reliability.
If you’re after a more timeless look, our Crosswater Mike Pro Chrome Basin 3 Hole set is the epitome of simple elegance, and works well with both period and contemporary styles. For an ultra-modern look and feel, check out our Crosswater Kelly Hoppen Zero 1 Basin Monobloc, for the ultimate in mixer sophistication.
Most people coordinate their basin and bath taps, to create a consistent impression. However, there’s no rule that says you can’t mix and match for a more eclectic effect. But everything starts with your style of bath. If yours is cast iron, steel or stone, you’ll need to abide by the number of pre-drilled holes. Or you can choose a floor-standing/wall-mounted tap if there aren’t any holes at all. Acrylic baths tend to be more versatile, in the sense that you can drill as many holes as you need, to accommodate whatever style of tap you choose.
We’re huge fans of our Crosswater Waldorf Chrome Crosshead Floorstanding Bath Filler. The Art Deco styling, with chrome cross-head handles, combines traditional design with a timeless finish, so it’s super versatile.
If space is tight, or you simply prefer a more minimalist approach, Crosswater’s Belgravia Crosshead Wall Mounted Bath 3 Hole Set is a great alternative.
And so to showers. Bath Shower Mixers have come a long way from the bad old days of push-on rubber shower sprays! Feast your eyes on our Heritage Hemsby Rose Gold 5 Tap Bath Shower Mixer – a sleek, show-stopping option that still offers plenty of practicality.
Retro fans will love our Bayswater Wall Mounted Bath Shower Mixer, perfect for traditional styled bathrooms. We think the striking black lever handle and indices deliver the perfect finishing touch!
Looking for the latest trends for the bathroom? If you are considering a bathroom revamp, follow our expert advice on how to achieve a painted bathing haven.