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How to pick the greatest statement tapware for your bathroom transformation

How to pick the greatest statement tapware for your bathroom transformation

Whether you’re looking for a small upgrade or are embarking on a major makeover, statement tapware is your secret weapon for creating a stunning bathroom. Often overlooked by more expensive items like vanities and bathtubs, tapware is recovering its proper position in the spotlight and making a big contribution to the aesthetic and feel of a bathroom.

Despite their little size, exceptional tapware makes a visual statement. Additionally, it is a cost-effective way to infuse even the most basic of bathrooms with a high-end atmosphere. With manufacturers like Mico Bathrooms providing an abundance of options, we’ve developed a list of the Four S’s of tapware design to aid you in picking the best one for your home: Style, shape, radiance, and depth.

Style

Contemporary, minimalist, rustic, or historical design options abound for tapware. Begin by deciding how you want to feel in your bathroom; this will impact your faucet options. Are you searching for something trendy and elegant that will blend seamlessly into your new modern bathroom? Alternatively, would you want to make a bold statement?

If you want to create a spa-like ambiance in your house, a waterfall faucet such as the Phoenix Nara is excellent. Gold or brushed brass tapware is completely fashionable, and when matched with streaky marble and one or two lush indoor plants, these taps are an elegant way to bring a bit of glam to your space without going overboard. Take inspiration from our gallery of real-world homes below and learn where to purchase the style.

Shape

It is important to consider both form and function when purchasing tapware. While you want your fixtures to be visually appealing, they must also be user-friendly. In a high-traffic area such as a toilet, ergonomics are crucial. Consider the makeup of your family – monobloc faucets with a single leaver are easy to use with one hand, which is great if you have little children.

Consider the style of your bathroom when determining the shape of your tapware. Consider if you want a monobloc fixture with mixer taps or a vintage-style fixture with distinct hot and cold spots. If your bathroom looks to be dominated by squares and harsh edges, such as vanities and tiles, focus your search on curved tapware to help soften the area. Consider the Adesso and Phoenix collections from Mico Bathrooms. They provide incredible designs that do not compromise on aesthetics for practicality.

Sheen

Matte or gleaming? Do they have a brushed or a polished finish? The gleam of your tapware may contribute to the cohesiveness of your bathroom décor. Chrome fixtures maintain a sophisticated style, while brushed brass lights amp up the drama. If your bathroom has a clinical vibe, statement tapware is a simple way to add warmth and texture. Contrary to common opinion, there is no need to avoid combining matte and glossy surfaces. For a subtle textural lift, we enjoy the combination of glossy tiles with matte faucets.

Among our top style palette selections are the following:

  • Sleek and understated chrome faucets in subtle tones of grey, white, and wood
  • Old-world glitz 
  • Gold faucets and streaked grey marble tiles
  • Contemporary opulence
  • Audacious Drama
  • Matte black faucets in an all-white room 
  • Brushed bronze faucets with black tiles

Size

Size is essential when it comes to tapware. Making the wrong option may have a detrimental effect on the flow and functionality of your bathroom, which is why it is vital to have the relevant dimensions on hand when shopping. Take into account the size of your vanity, the height and width of your sink, and the length of any prospective faucets’ spouts.

If you have a small bathroom, wall-mounted faucets allow you to optimize the amount of available bench space. Long, goosenecks mixers are fashionable and a daring choice if you have greater creative flexibility. If you’re keeping the same vanity, have the base measurement of your present tap on hand – you don’t want wide gaps at the base of your new tapware.

The bathroom requires a range of tapware goods, which may vary in appearance according to on the design of the space. In a bathroom, the most often used tapware is basin tapware, followed by shower tapware and bath tapware, all of which come in a range of shapes and styles.

When purchasing bathroom tapware, it is vital to match each item or get them all from the same line to provide a uniform look. If the tapware on your basin is matte black, the tapware on your shower, and so on, should be as well.

Vanity and basin faucets — Similar to the kitchen faucet, vanities and basins include wall-mounted and top-mounted taps.

Due to the increased bench space provided by wall-mounted basin taps, they are gaining popularity and are becoming a stylish alternative for bathroom vanities. They are available in three-piece conventional faucet sets or wall mixer sets.

Top-mounted basin faucets are popular due to their increased choices. Mixers, three-piece faucet sets, and pillar faucets come in a variety of designs. Whichever is ideal for your bathroom is decided by the vanity top or basin you choose — one or three holes.

Shower tapware – Shower tapware is available in a variety of forms and sizes and provides the broadest assortment of any kind of tapware. Available are shower mixers, shower sets, showerheads, shower arms, and shower rails. There are also double showers, shower seats, and hand showers available. Your choice is entirely subjective. However, the functionality should be considered.

Shower rails, twin showers, and hand showers are the most popular shower tapware alternatives. Each of them is designed in such a way that the water’s level, location, or direction may be modified to a more comfortable position.

Tapware for the bathroom – Tapware for the bathroom is also available in a range of designs and patterns. The optimal choice is mainly depending on the kind of bath you choose. Do you have a bathtub/shower combination, a freestanding tub, a back-to-the-wall tub, or a typical insert tub? Can a tap be mounted on the wall or on the top?

Combination bath/shower systems work best when combined with a single shower rail or a shower mixer fitted with a diverter to route water to the separate bath mixer/tap set. Additionally, taps mounted on the wall or on the top are appropriate.

Freestanding bath – When it comes to faucets, freestanding bathtubs provide an element of style. If the bath is not against a wall, the best alternative is a standalone floor-mounted bath mixer. If the bath is close to a wall, consider a wall-mounted bath mixer or a bath set.

Back-to-the-wall bathtubs — Back-to-the-wall bathtubs are suitable for mounting bath tapware such as bath mixers and bath sets on the wall.

Incorporate a bath in the conventional method – Traditional inset bathrooms are an excellent match for both wall-mounted and top-mounted faucets. The proper selection is determined by whether or not the bath has tap holes. If not, a wall-mounted faucet is nearly always a better option. Click here to read about How to make your bathroom appear like a five-star hotel.

How to make your bathroom appear like a five-star hotel

How to make your bathroom appear like a five-star hotel

Want a bathroom in your house that exudes the elegance and comfort of a five-star hotel? There is no need to embark on a full-scale renovation project at the moment. Adding a bit of glitz to your bathroom tapware does not necessarily need a major redesign of the area.

Consider any of these ornamental tapware embellishments for a more opulent-looking bathroom with less effort and great effects.

1. Ensure that your faucets are up to date.

While you will need the services of a plumber, replacing your bathroom tapware is a simple and quite efficient way to add some glitz to your area.

Create a mood board or a Pinterest page to assist you in achieving the desired impact. Following that, you may decide on the sort of tapware that would work best for you.

“While it may seem to be a little element, the design of your tapware acts as a foundation for communicating your style plan,” explains Luli Farrell, co-founder and product designer at ABI Interiors.

The circular shape of our Milani mixer series exemplifies how we recommend geometrically designed tapware mixers for more contemporary bathrooms: our Barre and Elysian mixes are ideal for a more delicate but still stunning aesthetic.”

Additionally, Luli suggests examining your space and taking into account the size of your taps to avoid having taps that do not fit or look out of place.

“Keep in mind the dimensions of your bathroom,” she explains. “Can the size of the items be accommodated?” For instance, when standard-sized spouts are used in a tiny bathroom or powder room, the area may seem to be disproportionate.”

2. Invest on quality towels.

The effect that fresh towels (including hand towels and bathmats) can have on your house will astonish you, even more so if it has been a while since you last changed your towels.

To get a high-quality set – one that is both stylish and functional – you should budget between $40 and $60 each bath towel (more if you want the bigger, more luxurious “bath sheet”).

However, there are other low-cost tapware alternatives on the market that give an adequate level of comfort, environmental friendliness, and aesthetic appeal.

3. Take into account the amount of storage space accessible.

Clutter is the arch-enemy of a luxurious look. If your floors, tapware vanity countertops, and shelves are piled with items, start thinking of inventive ways to arrange and store them.

Is it feasible to include any kind of shelving mechanism into the space, or would drawer organizers suffice?

In this case, small restrooms may be at a disadvantage. As a consequence, consider vertical thinking. Rather of stuffing your towels onto a towel rack, suspend a couple towel hooks from the ceiling.

Indeed, hanging hooks may be used to store both toilet paper and other objects. Simply get a lovely basket or bag and attach several rolls of toilet paper to the wall.

4. Consider purchasing a heated towel bar.

Not only can heated towel rails give optimum comfort and a hotel-like experience in the privacy of your own bathroom, but they also perform a variety of other essential duties.

According to Luli, “having freshly cleaned, warm towels available at your discretion is an unequaled delight.” They also act as a barrier to hygienic conditions by minimizing the probability of mold growing in a damp tapware environment. Additionally, it’s a good idea to stack two or three of them for optimal convenience.”

5. Use paint to embellish it

If any areas of your bathroom tapware are not tiled, it may be time to repaint the walls and ceiling. Experiment with a new color scheme and arrange fresh towels and accessories to match.

It’s critical to remember that if you’re doing it yourself, you must follow the essential waterproofing and moisture-resistant paint techniques.

6. Utilize opulent showers.

Everybody wants a bathroom fit for a five-star hotel — and the key to accomplishing this is the addition of a rain shower head.

To fully recreate the sense of rain with a rain tapware shower, Luli recommended that the showerhead be positioned directly above the user’s head.

Either purchase a shower arm that replicates that position or install a ceiling-mounted shower dropper. If you want to utilize a shower dropper, check that the ceiling clearance is adequate to sustain it.”

Meanwhile, if you’re unable or unwilling to run plumbing through your ceiling, you can still put a rainfall shower on your wall – all you need is a long enough arm.

According to Luli, the Finley Shower Rail Set is a fantastic option since it can fit both a rain shower head and a hand shower fixture.

ABI offers an attractive 250mm circular waterfall shower head as part of their shower headline, which has eight distinct finishes ranging from matte black to brushed brass to chrome tapware.

7. Upgrade or replace lighting fixtures.

According to Luli, the installation of new light fixtures, whether wall sconces or pendant lights, may significantly improve a room’s overall impression of grandeur.

Another option is to add a mirror with LED backlighting. Apart from being utilitarian, it lends a bathroom an opulent Hollywood air, according to the designer.

8. Add some greenery.

What have you been doing over the previous five years if indoor plants haven’t completely taken over your house?

Not only are indoor plants wonderful for air purification, but they also have the power to brighten up any dull, lifeless environment.

The best types for your bathroom are those that grow in moist conditions and do not need direct sunlight to flourish. This group of plants includes ferns, orchids, pothos, and a variety of other species. If in doubt, consult your local plant nursery.

9. Decorate stylishly.

A fashionable flourish would complement a large portion of your bathroom’s fundamental décor. Perhaps a porcelain soap dispenser, a lovely woven toilet paper basket, or a bamboo bath caddy are suitable for your space. Even utilitarian items, such as your toilet brush, are no longer need to be dowdy and unsightly.

Luli feels that when it comes to luxury, the smell may be a very powerful decorative element.

This is an aspect of interior design that we sometimes neglect, but incorporating one of your favorite smells into the bathroom may help raise the space to new heights.”

10. Spruce it up a little.

Giving your bathroom a much-needed spring cleaning is the most efficient way to enhance its opulent feel.

Clean out those cabinets, dust the light fixtures, and re-establish the grout!

Simply cleaning the shower screens with Windex, properly washing the floor, and removing soap scum and grime from damp areas may significantly improve the appearance of a bathroom. Click here to read about How to efficiently clean your mixer tapware.

How to efficiently clean your mixer tapware

How to efficiently clean your mixer tapware

Kitchen mixer tapware should be cleaned regularly since it comes into contact with water on a daily basis and limescale may quickly accumulate on the surface. Additionally, the aerator, a fine-mesh filter located on the outlet, may get clogged with limescale deposits, causing the mixer tap to spray. The following maintenance tips will aid you in avoiding these concerns as effectively as possible, enabling you to continue enjoying a sparkling faucet for an extended period of time.

Keeping limescale marks at bay in a proper manner

Frequently, while turning off mixer tapware with wet hands after working in the kitchen, you will leave a few drops of water on the faucet. These become brittle and form a coating of limescale. Visible limescale may form relatively fast, particularly in places with hard water. The term “hard water” refers to water with a high calcium bicarbonate content. Limescale production requires a hardness of 4 or less. As a consequence, if you have hard water, it is advised that you wipe the surface of your mixer tapware with a microfiber towel after each use to avoid having to clean it on a frequent basis. As a consequence, you will be able to extend the duration between regular cleaning procedures.

Limescale removal using moderate ways

Alternatively, if limescale has formed, it is recommended to treat it using a mild organic acid solution, such as acetic or citric acid. It cannot be emphasized how critical it is to test your tapware surfaces for acid resistance prior to applying the material. For example, acidic cleaning products should never be used on marble or metal, among other surfaces.

Additionally, several polymers and varnishes are acid-resistant. When it comes to mixing taps, whether you have a stainless-steel mixer tap, a Silgranit-look mixer tap, or a Ceramic-look mixer tap, you’re in good hands: when treated appropriately, these materials will survive cleaning with acetic or citric acid without issue. Rather than using acid cleaners, you may remove the scale from your sink using a gentle descaling spray. This limescale-removing chemical is specifically intended for use with mixer tapware and sinks. It cleans gently yet thoroughly.

To remove limescale off mixer tapware, dampen the soft side of a sponge with the cleaning solution and wipe the mixer tap thoroughly. Take care not to keep an acid-based cleaner longer than the time suggested on the product recommendations. Avoid cleaning for a lengthy amount of time using the rough side of your sponge. This may scratch your mixer tap. After carefully rinsing your mixer tap with clean water, dry it with a microfiber cloth.

Aerator maintenance

Due to mineral accumulation in hard water, the water flow via the mixer tapware, especially the aerator, may get clogged over time. Additionally, the aerator is referred to as a jet regulator or stream shaper. It is the nozzle positioned on the faucet’s output. When a limescale-clogged outlet closes, water may spray erratically in all directions when the faucet is turned on. As a consequence, the aerator must be cleaned on a regular basis.

Additionally, acetic acid and citric acid are efficient in this application. To remove any leftover residue, wipe a sponge with either kind of cleaner or sprinkle it over the fine mesh at the mixer tap’s output. Utilizing an old toothbrush enables you to fully clean it. The limescale will often dissolve, letting you restore your clean spray. Additionally, spray heads have efficient anti-scale nubs on the aerator, which significantly reduce the formation of limescale and make cleaning the spray heads a breeze.

Eliminate stubborn deposits on the aerator’s surface

If the limescale is really difficult to remove, the aerator should be completely cleaned. You can simply remove the little nozzle from various mixer tapware by twisting the tap counter-clockwise. After that, the jet regulator may be soaked overnight in vinegar water or citric acid to eliminate any leftover residue. The next morning, rinse away any residual limescale residue and reattach the aerator to the faucet by screwing it in counterclockwise.

How to properly care for your pull-out spray

It’s really useful to have a mixer tap with a pull-out spray since it lets you access even the most difficult-to-reach regions of your tapware sink. Filling vases and tall-sided containers with flowers are straightforward. However, what happens if the hose no longer slips easily back into its holder? If this happens, use a fitting lubricant to lubricate the hose’s moving components to avoid additional damage. The hose will then effortlessly return to its original location. This is particularly beneficial for base cabinets since it prevents the tapware hose from being tangled in other things or twisting around within the cabinet, which might be harmful.

In addition to your mixer tap, a dirt filter may be employed.

Installing a dirt filter on your mixer tap will also aid in its maintenance. This is particularly recommended for older structures and pipelines that have seen better days. The thin metal mesh helps prevent contamination of your mixer tapware and other plumbing fixtures by screening out dirt particles that enter the water pipes. It acts as a water-tight seal between the angle valve – the water supply valve positioned under the sink – and the connecting hose for the mixer tapware. If your pressure is high, you may connect two filters, one in front of the other, but if your pressure is low, one filter will be enough.

Final thoughts

Cleaning your bathroom does not have to be a tough task, nor do you have to purchase expensive cleaning products to keep dirt and grime at bay. Maintain your bathroom’s cleanliness with our bathroom cleaning strategies for gleaming tapware outcomes. Kitchen mixer tapware should be cleaned on a regular basis since it comes into frequent contact with water and limescale may rapidly form on the surface.

Additionally, the aerator, a fine-mesh filter positioned on the outlet, might get blocked with limescale deposits, resulting in the spraying of the mixer tap.

The aforementioned maintenance advice can help you prevent these issues as much as possible, allowing you to enjoy a dazzling tapware faucet for a prolonged length of time.