Is black tapware here to stay?
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Black Tapware: Just a fad or here to stay?

Black Tapware: Fad or Timeless?

Black tapware has been around for some years now: what started out as yet another colour trend we thought we’d forget all about, has proceeded to make a huge impact on kitchen and bathroom design the world over.

But, is black tapware here to stay or is it yet another fad?

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Chrome fittings for bathrooms and kitchens are the go-to option when it comes to selecting tapware however, other colours such as white, gold, rose gold, copper and of course, black have also made an appearance in the design world too. Although white never really took off and gold/rose gold fittings seem to be a fad that is recycled every couple of decades (remember the gold tapware that was all the rage in the 80’s!), black does seem to be making  a lasting impression – And we are right on board with that!

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Renovation and home design based television shows all over the world have used black tapware to create a bold, dramatic look in their designs, helping to keep this trend alive. With increased exposure comes increased demand: more and more bathroom fitting manufacturers are now including collections of black tapware and accessories such as heated towel ladders and robe hooks to match.

The black tapware fad not only appears to be growing in popularity but also in timeless appeal. After all, all the classics are all black – think ‘the little black dress’!

Black tapware can provide a bold element to your new kitchen, bathroom or laundry. Pair it with other black pieces in the space such as a matching sink or basin, accessories and lighting for the complete look. Black tapware creates a harmonious pairing with warm timbers and natural stone, as well as providing a high level of contrast when used against solid coloured cabinetry or benchtops.


We do find that too much black in a room can make the space uninviting: for example, if you are using all black bathroom fittings (tapware, shower, towel rails, etc) ensure to soften the look by introducing a bit of colour and texture into the space. Use softer materials and finishes such as warm timbers, soft grey tones, warm whites and even pastel hues to help ease the look of bold black accessories. This can even be as simple as adding a pop of colour in the room with patterned towels and flowers; these elements will act as a means of contrasting the bold blacks and creating a sense of warmth in the space that the black features can sometimes overpower.

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The sleek, modern and timeless appeal of black tapware creates a statement in any space.

Love it or hate it, we do believe that black tapware is here to stay – And we LOVE it!


What are your thoughts on black tapware: Fad or Timeless? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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