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If you’re renovating your home, you’ve probably noticed that bold black tapware, fixtures and fittings and door hardware are popping up everywhere at the moment. It’s easy to understand why they’re a popular trend. They offer a sleek and stylish, bold look that can transform an entire space. They look fantastic with organic materials such as marble, timber, glass and concrete and are striking as part of a monochromatic scheme.
Like any design trend, there are always pros and cons and I’ve put together a list of five advantages and disadvantages of black tapware for your consideration.
1 I VERSATILE
Black tapware and fittings are extremely versatile. They work with most design styles and can be used in modern, industrial and even more traditional style spaces.
2 I BOLD
Black tapware and fittings create a bold statement and a sophisticated, masculine look. Black provides instant impact and ‘wow’ factor in a space.
3 I COMPLIMENTARY
Black tapware and fittings look fantastic with timber and other natural materials like stone and marble. They also compliment sleek modern finishes like porcelain, glass and chrome. Black goes with just about anything.
4 I PRINT RESISTANT
Compared to chrome, black tapware and fittings don’t show fingerprints or water residue so there will be no smudges or watermarks to blemish your beautiful fittings, even up close.
5 I PRICE
The cost of black tapware and fittings has plummeted over the last few years due to its popularity, so you can now get matt black finishes for around the same price as chrome.
1 I INTENSE
Black can be overpowering so use it in small quantities. Accents of black can be extremely effective in bringing some drama without overwhelming the senses.
2 I MAY FADE OVER TIME
Black tapware and fittings will usually fade over time no matter how they have been finished. Remember not to use harsh chemicals when cleaning. Only warm soapy water is gentle enough for black powder coat.
3 I SHOWS DUST
Black highlights dust and dirt so you will need to clean it regularly to ensure it always looks its best.
4 I ON TREND
Like any trend, black may date. No one knows how long it will last the test of time. In my opinion however, it will date less than other finishes like rose gold.
A leading trend for 2020 will be graphite and brushed nickel tapware and fittings. These finishes give a softer feel than black and offer a striking but subtle alternative. They provide a gentle warmth when compared to the cool tones of polished chrome. Polished chrome is still the leading seller in tapware, followed currently by stainless steel and brushed nickel.
5 I ACCENTUATES DAMAGE
A matte black finish highlights even minor scratches that would not show up on traditional chrome. Ensure tradesmen are very careful during the installation process.
For beautiful matt black tapware and accessories quality is paramount so choose a reliable brand like Caroma or Rogerseller which will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your tapware is made to last.
If done correctly matt black tapware, fixtures and fittings can make a stunning, style statement in your home.
What suits your lifestyle – classic chrome, stainless steel or is the bold trend of matte black tapware and fittings for you? I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the latest trends in tapware finishes.