A Complete Guide to Bathroom Taps

There is an extensive list of things to consider when renovating your bathroom. Which tiles are right for my space? What colour scheme should I go for? Which taps would look best? The list goes on. Whilst your taps may not be your priority when renovating, we believe they’re just as important as every other aspect of your bathroom.

The right taps can make or break a space, and depending on your preferred style, they can stand out and provide your bathroom with that WOW factor many of us are dreaming of. However, knowing which taps to choose from can be challenging as there are so many different factors to consider.

To help you choose the right bathroom taps for you, we have put together this helpful guide that provides you with everything you need to know to make your decision.


Why Are Taps Important in Bathroom Design?

If your current taps are looking tired through rusting, stains, or chipping, it can bring the value of the room down tremendously and leave it looking neglected.

New, shiny taps from our luxury bathroom brands can help you bring life to your bathroom. If you’re doing a complete bathroom renovation, then they are a necessity and should be high on your agenda. But if you’re working on a smaller project and are looking to inject some luxury into your space, bathroom taps can help you do just that.

There are extensive options when it comes to choosing the most suitable taps for your bathroom, each providing you with a fresh look and different aesthetic; let’s take a look.


Beautiful brass geometric bathroom tap on sink


Different Types of Bathroom Taps

Taps come in all shapes and sizes, so although choosing them for your bathroom may seem simple, you’ll soon become faced with a long list of options that you hadn’t previously considered. We have a wide range of taps available at our bathroom showroom in Preston, including:

  • Mixer. Sometimes referred to as a monobloc mixer tap, this type of tap is a single faucet. They combine both hot and cold to provide you with your perfect water temperature through one valve.
  • Pillar. Most common in the UK, pillar taps comprise of two separate faucets, one for cold water and the other for hot water. They are often favoured by those looking to create a traditional style bathroom as they add a certain charm and character to a basin or bath.
  • Bath/Shower Mixer. Like a mixer tap, this includes a handheld shower head which extends from the faucet. This type of tap is usually favourable if you want to save space and work brilliantly in an ensuite or guest bathroom, giving your visitors the choice of a bath or shower without installing both separately.


Different Styles of Bathroom Taps

When creating your dream bathroom, it’s all in the details and whilst some may disregard taps as unimportant in the grand scheme of their renovation, they’re incredibly important for the final look. At our bathroom showroom in Bolton, you’ll find an extensive spectrum of styles to suit all aesthetics, such as:

  • Contemporary. Modern-style bathroom taps have the power to transform your space. They are sleek, clean, and often have rounded edges, making them the perfect companion to a modern basin.
  • Traditional. Victorian-style taps are a beautiful addition to any home, and when paired with a sumptuous free-standing bath, they make a significant impact in your bathroom.
  • Geometric. These edgy tap styles give your bathroom a dramatic feel with their angular edges, perfect for any modern bathroom.


Chrome bathroom tap on white basin


Where Can I Mount My Bathroom Taps?

Where you mount your taps also has a significant effect on the overall appearance of your bathroom. Your decision on this all lies in whether you want them to stand out or blend in seamlessly. Your bathroom’s aesthetic should be reflected throughout your fixtures and fittings, so carefully review your options and how this will work with the rest of the room.

  • Deck Mounted. Probably the most common of the mounting options, deck mounted means that the taps are connected to either the basin or bath. They work well on almost all sink and bath types but look particularly great when paired with traditional styles.
  • Wall Mounted. Sleek and sophisticated, wall mounted faucets allow the pipes and plumbing to be hidden behind the wall, giving you a flush and sleek overall finish, ideal for contemporary-style bathrooms.
  • Floor Mounted. The perfect mounting option for those who want their fixtures and fittings to stand out in their bathroom, floor mounted taps are sure to make an impact. They look best with a free-standing bath and come in a wide range of modern and traditional designs.


Bathroom Tap Finishes

There are plenty of finishing options for your bathroom taps, all of which have their own list of pros and cons.

  • Chrome. This is by far the most popular choice of faucet finish, as it is inexpensive, easy to maintain, and available in an extensive range of styles to suit all aesthetics.


Modern contemporary black taps on his and hers sinks


  • Black. A modern design choice, black fixtures and fittings are currently on-trend and finding their way into homes worldwide. They look sleek but require more cleaning to keep their finish looking great.
  • Something different. Here at Roccia, we have many other finishing options for you to choose from from a range of luxury bathroom brands. Visit our bathroom showrooms to explore our full range.


Making Your Taps a Focal Point Vs. Allowing Them to Blend in Seamlessly

These decisions, such as where you mount your taps, your chosen finish, and which style you choose, all result in your faucets becoming a feature in your bathroom or blending in seamlessly.

Many modern tap designs allow you to easily make your taps a focal point, such as the geometric style, black finish, or floor mounted options. Similarly, choosing wall mounted taps or faucets in a simple design allows them to blend in and let another aspect of your bathroom take centre stage.

If you’re unsure what would work best for you, our award-winning bathroom design team can help you out.

Enquire online today for your FREE consultation, or visit us at our bathroom showrooms in either Preston or Bolton to speak to our team and view our luxurious bathroom taps in person.

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