Like a piece of jewellery, taps add the finishing touch to a bathroom or kitchen. On-trend brass taps (opens in new tab)add some welcome shineto pared-downconcrete bathrooms (opens in new tab), or give extra punch to timeless marble bathrooms (opens in new tab). They're not out of place in kitchens either, as this cool new kitchen brand (opens in new tab) proves. Brass taps (opens in new tab) offer a cool contrast to modern concrete workshops (opens in new tab), and add warmth to minimalist white kitchens (opens in new tab). But it's not all about brass – industrial style (opens in new tab), factory-inspired faucets are making waves in both kitchens and bathrooms, giving off cool and edgy vibes.
Here are 7 of the best taps to help put the perfect finishing touch on your kitchen or bathroom.
1. TURNED ON
Blend US designer David Rockwell’s masculine aesthetic with the smooth lines of Italian manufacturer Gessi and the result is the Inciso brassware range. Delve in for solid brass industrial-style taps in finishes such as black, nickel and bronze.
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2. WAREHOUSE WASHROOM
There's nothing like a scuffed brass finish and no-nonsense design to create the industrial look and Aston Matthews' new Acme range, which includes everything from taps to shower fittings, delivers on both counts.
3. RUSTIC BEAUTY
Less finish and a load more character is the name of the game at Quirky Interiors. Its latest finds include traditional, Deco-style and mixer taps in a so-aged-it’s-almost-black brass finish. So that’s how to do the rustic/industrial look likea true pro.
4. BRUSH IT OFF
How to do bathroom bronze without the bling? Make like Bagno Design and its Zanzibar line. Five of its brassware ranges now feature a matt, light-diffusing hue for glamour without the gleam.
5. INDUSTRIAL STYLE
Cross the industrial lookwith a touch of the fireman’s truck and you get the Union range at Crosswater. Choose fittings in chrome or brushed nickel, with knurled detailing for a tough-luxe edge.
6. SMOOTH OPERATOR
Brass continues its quest for total household domination as Crosswater adds a golden, brushed finish to its MPRO range of taps and showerheads. A sleek Matt Black option also joins the line-up. Both colourways have 3D-feel, textured detailing option.
7. FACTORY WORKS
Turn on a Regulator tap by Waterworks and take a journey back in time. With its cog-like wheel handle, its design references early 20th-century industrial boiler room controls. Opt for the Nickel or Chrome finish if you’re of a more modern persuasion.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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