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6 different tap finishes for beautiful bathrooms

6 different tap finishes for beautiful bathrooms

Posted by Ruth Foster in Inspiration | 1 month ago 7 min read

Go with the flow or turn away from tradition? We take a look at 6 top tap finishes for beautiful bathrooms.

Much like the Model T Ford, for a long time you could get bathroom taps in any finish you wanted… as long as it was chrome. Chrome was, and still is, the metallic finish of choice for household taps, and for good reason. When well maintained, the mirror-like finish sparkles, adding that extra-special touch to your bathroom or kitchen.

However, in more recent times, we’ve seen a move away from the norm, with new metallic finishes proving increasingly popular in bathrooms up and down the UK. In this blog post, we’ve picked out 6 of our favourite tap finishes, so you needn’t go with the flow when designing a beautiful bathroom. Let’s take a look at some of these head-turning taps…

The gold standard

While chrome may be the undoubted No 1 choice when it comes to bathroom taps, gold is slowly making its way up the leaderboard. Will it claim top spot? Well…probably not, but it’s certainly one of the more popular tap finishes of recent times.

You’ll find plenty of options for baths and basins, where you can add that extra special finishing touch. Take this Spencer gold wall mounted basin mixer tap from Mode Bathrooms, for example. With a graceful curved spout, easy one-hand operation and PVD plating for a superior, long-lasting finish, we’d put it top of our podium!

Mode Spencer round wall mounted gold basin mixer tap

From the Spencer collection, complement this basin mixer tap with matching gold showers and accessories

If you’re “going for gold”, why not check out all our gold bathroom and kitchen taps now.

Black is most certainly back

Another bathroom tap finish that is making big waves in recent times is black. With industrial style interiors remaining a popular choice, homeowners are turning to black accents to give their bathrooms a contemporary edge. From black-framed shower enclosures to accessories, black is here to stay when it comes to bathroom taps.

Mode Tate black basin mixer tap

For a subtle industrial style, the Tate black basin mixer tap from Mode Bathrooms does all the hard work for you

This particular basin tap from the ever-popular Tate collection is a contemporary twist on a traditional design. With a graceful, curved spout, PVD plated matt black finish and separate cross head handles, this tap works well in both modern and traditional settings.

The beauty of black taps is that you can extend the theme right around your bathroom, with accessories, showers and even elements like furniture, shower enclosures and trays available in matching black finishes.

Bronze: Far from third place

So, in the search for the perfect tap finish for your bathroom, we’ve already explored gold. And what follows on naturally from this? Well, in the grand scheme of things, silver, but that’s covered by chrome. So, naturally, we move on to bronze, or antique bronze to be precise.

Bronze has long been associated with traditional or rustic interiors, which is where we see most bronze taps being used. However, this shouldn’t limit your creative ambitions. Eclectic bathrooms in, what we’re calling the Modern Vintage style combine both traditional and contemporary elements, meaning an antique bronze tap can easily sit alongside a modern countertop basin, for example.

The Bath Co. Dalston antique bronze wall mounted bath mixer tap

The Dalston antique bronze wall mounted bath mixer tap makes an elegant addition to any bathroom

If you’re going all out with your bathroom renovation, wall mounted taps are a great choice for that luxury look. With all the fittings concealed within your wall, they are minimalist in design and much easier to maintain than regular, deck mounted taps.

From The Bath Co., the elegant Dalston antique bronze wall mounted bath mixer tap will make an exceptional addition to your bathroom, with matching basin taps also available.

Be bang on-trend with gunmetal

Throughout the years, as trends come and go, we’ve seen certain metallic finishes gain popularity. While copper and rose gold have both, seemingly, had their time, the real metal-of-the-moment is gunmetal.

For the uninitiated, gunmetal is a blue-grey metallic finish, so-called as it is named after the bronze alloy that was used in cannon-making. As the colouring is so different to any of the other metallic finishes featured in this article, you can really bring a sense of occasion to your bathroom with a gunmetal tap, plus matching accessories.

Mode Dixon gunmetal bath shower mixer tap

If you’re looking to create an on-trend, spa-like bathroom, a set of gunmetal taps, like this one from the Dixon range, will help your bathroom design rise above the rest!

Discover more gunmetal grey taps available exclusively at Victoria Plum.

Where there’s muck…

…there’s brass, as the old saying goes. Well, at Victoria Plum, we’re not into mucky bathrooms, but we are into brass taps in a big way. All of our taps are made from brass due to its hardwearing and durable properties. However, in most instances, a different finish is applied, most notably chrome. But, with modern manufacturing techniques, brass is beginning to blow its own trumpet again, especially when it comes to bathrooms.

Mode Spencer round brushed brass wall mounted basin mixer tap

For a designer look that doesn’t cost the earth, the Spencer round brushed brass wall mounted basin mixer tap from Mode Bathrooms is the perfect option

Much like bronze, brass is sometimes associated with more vintage styles, but is now often seen in contemporary forms. Take this stunning wall mounted basin mixer tap from the Spencer collection, for example. With a simple round shape and easy-to-use, single lever design, it combines beautifully with chic countertop basins. And the great thing is, you can create a coordinated look throughout your bathroom with brass showers, wastes, bottle traps and accessories.

See all of the brass taps available at Victoria Plum.


While black taps seem to be getting all the attention at the moment, there is one shade you may have overlooked. That’s right… white is an option not many people consider when choosing their bathroom taps. White kitchen taps have been a common option for a long time, but this trend doesn’t seem to have transferred easily to bathrooms. White is a versatile shade that works with almost any colour palette and is especially suited to monochrome bathrooms where black and white contrast.

Mode Aalto white basin mixer tap

The Aalto basin mixer tap from Mode Bathrooms will bring genuine designer style to your bathroom

The sleek and stylish design of the Aalto white basin mixer tap makes it the perfect choice for contemporary bathrooms. With its white outer casing and hand-polished chrome finish, it’s ideal if you’re looking to break away from the norm.

Other new metallic finishes for bathroom taps

Of course, as we all know, tastes and fashions change. Whilst the metallic finishes we’ve looked at in this article are on-trend right now, we may see different designs take their place.

Keep an eye out for exciting new tap finishes appearing on our site. Who knows…maybe chrome will finally lose its place at the top of the tap tree?

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Author, Ruth Foster

Posted by Ruth Foster in Inspiration | 1 month ago

As our resident Interior Designer, Ruth is passionate about home-related trends and loves light, airy interiors shaped by organic forms and colours. With a background in textiles for interiors, she is studying for a masters in interior design.

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