Australians certainly are passionate about their kitchen appliances and fixtures. According to Houzz’s 2015 Report, 24% of Australian homeowners plan to purchase kitchen plumbing fixtures such as sinks and taps in the next six months. This, of course, is no surprise to me.
Plumbing fixtures are one of the most important kitchen design elements and whether you’re building a new kitchen or doing a simple renovation, they can be changed at any time with little difficulty.
As the head of purchasing at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, I’m certainly thrilled to see more people looking to purchase kitchen taps. As such, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to compile a guide on how you should choose tapware to complement your kitchen design.
If you’re a Perth home owner who is designing your own kitchen, then these tips that I offer will certainly help you out.
1. Style of tapware
Most of our customers here at Ross’s select their tapware to complement the design of their kitchen.
Kitchen taps may serve a practical purpose but they also add an element of style, so you must make sure to choose your tapware carefully. Look for styles that blend in seamlessly with your kitchen as well as your basin.
Minimalist ultra-modern taps, such as our Cube range of taps, will do well to complement modern kitchens while traditional kitchens should be paired with curved and decorative taps. The ergonomics and mounting style of a tap must also be taken into consideration.
Remember – every member of the family will use the kitchen tap therefore; you must consider the shape, size and the profile before you make a purchase.
2. Consider what your tapware will be used for
A more savvy customer will choose tapware based on the usage, and you should also do the same. If you have a busy kitchen, then our mixer taps are probably best suited to your needs.
Taps with a single lever handle are a smart choice as they allow easy operation. You may also want to consider sensor based taps that feature hands-free operation. If you are going to use your tap for heavy duty cleaning or washing vegetables, then you can opt for accessories to go with your tap, such as pull out high-pressure sprays.
Considering what that tapware will be used for is a practical approach, which will save you from many problems in the future.
3. Tapware materials and finish options to choose from
Many customers become confused when selecting materials and finish options for their tapware. As a rule of thumb, you must always choose long lasting and low maintenance finish options.
Some of the most popular materials and finishes include chrome and solid colours, which are best suited for modern kitchens and brass, which is suitable for traditional style kitchens.
Our matte black tapware here at Ross’s are the latest trend and many of our customers opt for these. Remember – you need to choose the material and finish option that creates a harmonious look with your appliances and kitchen décor.
4. Consider the fine print
Finally, before making a purchase, be sure to check for the warranty on the tapware and its water efficiency.
At Ross’s, all taps that we sell includes a WELS (Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards) rating. Top WELS rated taps are six stars and these taps consume less than 4.5 litres of water every minute.
Before you finalise tapware for your kitchen or any wet area of the house, always make sure to consider the fine print and look for warranties. This will offer you an idea of whether you’ve made the right choice or not.
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When you go about selecting tapware for your kitchen, you need to make sure that your taps complement the overall design of your kitchen. You should always choose tapware according to the style of your kitchen – for traditional kitchens, choose traditionally styled taps whereas, for contemporary kitchens, ultra-minimalist modern taps are better suited. Also, remember to consider the taps usage.
If you have a busy kitchen, you may want to opt for mixer taps with added accessories. Your tapware materials and finish will also determine style, so make sure to choose finish options and materials that create a harmonious look with the rest of your kitchen.
Finally, make sure to check for water efficiency and warranties on tapware before you make a purchase.
For the best quality tapware in Perth at incredible prices, visit our showroom here at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Tapware is always in high demand, so we keep our warehouse well stocked with a selection of kitchen taps for you to choose from. Ranging from ultra-modern taps to traditional designs, we have it all. You cannot go wrong when you choose Ross’s for your tapware.
Simply drop by our showroom in Guildford or buy from our online store. If you have any questions regarding any of the taps that we have on offer, please get in touch with us. We’ll put you through to our expert salesmen who will offer you all the information you need.