2. Functional Requirements: Consider Pullout, Spray or Swivel?
Your tap is a highly used element of the kitchen so its important to think about what you’ll be using your tap for. For some that do very litte cooking in their kitchen, a simple swivel tap will be perfect. However, the added feature of a pullout spout and even a spray mechanism is extremely helpful for rinsing down the entire sink or targeting specific parts of the dishes.
If you have a large sink, a pull-out tap is very convenient as it allows you to reach every portion of the sink (or the dishes in the sink) with the tap. For double bowls, this is even more important to allow you to rinse food waste down your waste disposal and still reach the other bowl for cleaning.
In the laundry, many find the spray function popular. This is a button on the side of the tap which creates a jet of pressurised water. This is especially helpful when scrubbing clothing or washing. Or, if a spray function isn’t necessary, consider having a pull-out tap in your laundry to allow you to easily fill buckets or pots that sit on the bench beside the sink.
Below are some recommendations of kitchen taps that are available in both Swivel or Pullout Spout features.
3. Match the finish with your hardware or sink
A clever technique that many designers use is to match the tap finish, with the handle and hardware finish for a cohesive and simple style.
While chrome was the preferred finish for many years, now designers are using matt black or brushed nickel finishes as a more refined and unpolished design. (While some brands Matt Black tapware will scratch easily, choosing a reliable and quality brand such as Franke, this will ensure the tap surface is a durable finish.
Selecting a Brushed Nickel sink-mixer is also easier to keep clean as it won’t smudge as badly as the chrome finish.
Then for designers wanting to create a real feature with the hardware and taps, there are a number of statement finishes such as Gunmetal, Copper or granite looking taps.
When matched throughout your home, the result can be especially outstanding. Choose a granite mixer to match the granite finish on your sink. Or, choose a Copper Sink Mixer, Copper Basketwaste and Overflow and Copper handles for an eclectic and modernist style.