How to Choose the Right Tapware for Your Home Renovation

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If 2023 is the year you start your home renovation, you’re undoubtedly excited! A home renovation, in many cases, is something that homeowners wait years to do. However, home renovations are not easy – especially if you manage the renovation and do some of the work yourself! There are so many things to consider – some more important than others- but every decision needs to be the right one. After all, you’ve waited years for this, so you want the outcome to be spectacular.

One decision you’ll have to make, which may not seem important but plays a significant role in the finished aesthetics of a renovation, is tapware.

Tapware can be an overlooked element in a home renovation. However, it’s one of the finishing touches that can make or break a room. The good news is, with so many different styles, materials and colours available these days, there’s definitely tapware out there to suit every taste and budget.

When choosing tapware for your home renovation, here are a few things to consider:

1. Consider your existing plumbing setout – will it remain the same or change?

When renovating your home, the most crucial consideration is your existing plumbing setup. Will it remain the same, or will it need to be changed? This can be a major deciding factor in choosing the right tapware for your home.

Even if you’re not technically moving your plumbing, changing from one type of tapware to another can be a bigger job than you think.

For example, if your existing plumbing has a traditional vanity-mounted basin mixer in the bathroom, then you’ll need to replace it with a vanity-mounted mixer. You won’t be able to use a more modern wall-mounted mixer without changing the plumbing.

Similarly, if your showerhead is wall-mounted, you will have to opt for another wall-mounted showerhead over a ceiling-mounted showerhead. Otherwise, you’ll need to change your plumbing setup, which can run into the thousands.

So when planning your home renovation, be sure to take your existing plumbing into account when choosing new tapware. It could save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

2. Decide a tapware style that best suits your home’s aesthetic – modern, traditional, etc.?

Opal Tapware Range
Opal Tapware Range available at Ross’s Discount Home Centre

When renovating your home, it is also important to choose tapware that will complement the overall style of your home. Are you going for a modern or traditional look? Once you have decided on the general style, you can narrow down your choices to find the perfect taps for your kitchen and bathroom. If you have a modern home, you might want to consider sleek, angular taps with minimalistic designs, such as our Opal Tapware or Sky Tapware ranges. For a traditional home, you might want tapware with less detailing, such as our Fiona Tapware or Cube Tapware range. Whatever style you choose, make sure it fits in with the rest of your home’s decor for a polished and cohesive look.

2. Consider your needs – what type of tapware do you need for your renovation project (bathroom, kitchen, laundry)?

The type of tapware you need will also be determined by the room or rooms you’re renovating. If you’re renovating your bathroom, then you’ll obviously need bathroom tapware. You’ll need kitchen tapware for your kitchen, and for your laundry, you’ll need laundry tapware.

Some rooms, like the bathroom, will require multiple types of tapware. For example, you’ll need a basin mixer tap, a shower mixer tap and/or a bath spout. Whereas in the laundry, you might just need a simple wall or bench-mounted tap.

Ross’s Discount Home Centre makes it easy to find tapware for each room with its categorised tapware ranges. So, whether you’re looking for bathroom tapware, kitchen tapware or laundry tapware, we have a range to suit your needs.

Again, it’s important to think about your needs before making any decisions. There’s no point spending money on tapware that you’re not going to use or that isn’t suited to the room.

3. Choose a finish that will complement the rest of your fixtures and fittings – chrome, brushed nickel, etc.

gun metal grey tapware

Once you’ve considered the style and function of your tapware, it’s time to choose a finish. The most popular finishes for tapware are chrome and brushed nickel, but many other finishes are available, such as gold, copper, gun metal grey, bronze, and even black.

The coloured and brushed finishes are very much on-trend but can potentially present a future issue – becoming outdated. Therefore, when choosing a finish, it’s important to think about both the current trends and future-proofing your tapware investment.

  • Chrome tapware is by far the most popular finish, as it is classic and timeless. It also happens to be very affordable and the most durable. It’s a good choice for an investment property renovation.
  • Stainless steel tapware is also popular, as it is very durable and has a modern look; however, it is more expensive than chrome tapware.
  • Brushed nickel tapware is another popular option that can complement both traditional and modern homes. It has a warm, inviting look that is becoming increasingly popular in new homes.
  • Gold tapware is a luxurious option that can add a touch of elegance to any bathroom or kitchen. However, gold tapware does require more maintenance than other finishes, as it is more prone to tarnishing.
  • Copper tapware is a beautiful option that can add a unique touch to your home. However, like gold tapware, it does require more maintenance to keep it looking its best.
  • Gunmetal tapware is a more modern option that can give your home an edgy look. It is also very low-maintenance and easy to clean, but the finish can scratch and wear off over time.
  • Bronze tapware is another beautiful option that can add a touch of luxury to your home. However, bronze is a more expensive option than other finishes.
  • Black tapware is a very modern and stylish option that can make a big impact on your home. However, it is essential to note that black tapware does require more maintenance than other finishes, as it is more prone to showing water spots and fingerprints. Like gun metal grey tapware, the finish can also scratch and wear off over time.

When choosing a finish for your tapware, it’s important to consider both the style of your home and your personal maintenance preferences.

4. Consider your budget: Tapware ranges from relatively affordable to expensive

When considering tapware for your home renovation, it’s essential to consider your budget. Tapware ranges in price from relatively affordable to quite expensive. However, a few factors can help you save money on tapware. For example, choosing a less popular finish or style can help you get a discount.

If you’re on a budget, you can still find plenty of options to give your home a stylish and modern look. However, if you’re willing to spend more, you can enjoy higher-quality tapware with a more luxurious look.

Ultimately, the right tapware for your home renovation depends on your personal style and budget.

When setting your budget, it’s essential to consider the quality of the tapware, as well as the finish. The more expensive tapware options will usually offer higher quality and durability. So it really is a matter of deciding what’s most important to you: style or quality – or both?

Once you’ve considered all of these factors, you’ll be well on your way to choosing the perfect tapware for your home renovation.

5. Decide on the features you want – do you want a kitchen tap with a spray function or a shower with a multi-function handset?

pull out kitchen mixer

When renovating your home, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is what type of tapware you need. For example, do you want a kitchen tap with a spray function or a shower with a multi-function handset? Tapware with functions such as these can really enhance your daily routine and make your life easier. Personally, after installing the Opal Pull-out Sink Mixer Graphite in my kitchen, I’ll never go back to a standard kitchen mixer. The pull-out sprayer has been a godsend for cleaning pots and pans.

If you’re unsure about what type of tapware is right for you, it’s a good idea to speak to a professional. A qualified plumbing professional will be able to assess your needs and recommend the best tapware for your home renovation

Once you’ve decided on the type of tapware you need, you can start narrowing down your choices by considering other factors, such as style and price. If you take the time to select the right tapware for your home renovation, you’ll end up with a beautiful and functional bathroom or kitchen that will serve you well for years to come.

6. Consider the tapware’s water efficiency

Home renovations are an excellent opportunity to update your tapware and improve your home’s water efficiency. A higher WELS rating indicates that the tapware uses less water, which can save you money on your water bill and help to reduce your environmental impact. When selecting new tapware, look for products with a high WELS rating and consider how often you will use the taps.

Water-efficient tapware is available in various styles, so you should have no trouble finding efficient tapware perfect for your home renovation.

You’ll find a range of 4 and 5-star WELS-rated taps at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, ideal for those looking to save water without sacrificing style.

7. Get expert advice from Ross’s Discount Home Centre team

tapware display at Ross's Discount Home Centre

The Ross’s Discount Home Centre team are experts in all things tapware in Perth. So if you’re unsure what to choose, we’re here to help. We can offer advice on everything from the best tapware for your home renovation to the most affordable options. We also have a huge range of tapware on display in our showroom, so you can see the options for yourself.

So if you’re looking for tapware advice or tips, talk to us at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Whether renovating your bathroom, kitchen, laundry, or entire home, you’ll find all your tapware needs met in our extensive and affordable range. We’re here to help you make the right choices for your home renovation!

8. Choose tapware that is easy to use and maintain

Consider your lifestyle when choosing tapware for your home renovation. For example, if you have young children, selecting taps that are easy to operate, such as a mixer tap, might be a good option. Mixer taps are available for just about every type of tap, including basin, shower and bath taps.

If you’re looking for tapware that is easy to clean and offers excellent longevity, then you might want to consider stainless steel tapware. Stainless steel is a very popular choice for kitchen tapware, as it is easy to keep clean and is resistant to corrosion.

It’s also important to consider the maintenance required for the tapware finish. As mentioned above, some finishes require more maintenance than others. So, if you don’t want to spend time cleaning and polishing your tapware, you might want to choose a less low-maintenance finish, such as chrome or stainless steel.

9. Don’t forget about installation!

Once you’ve chosen the perfect tapware for your home renovation, don’t forget about the installation. If you’re planning on doing a DIY installation, then be sure to follow the instructions carefully. It’s also a good idea to watch some online tutorials or videos so that you know exactly what you’re doing.


There are a few things to consider when choosing tapware for your home renovation. Firstly, decide what type of tapware you need and what features are important to you. Then, take into account the style and price of the tapware. And finally, don’t forget about installation! If you’re unsure what to choose, talk to the experts at Ross’s Discount Home Centre.

Ross’s Discount Home Centre has a wide range of tapware to suit all needs and budgets. Our knowledgeable staff can also advise on the best tapware for your home renovation.

We hope you found these tips helpful. Happy renovating!

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