Shopping for bathroom taps might seem like a simple task initially but, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can quickly find yourself overwhelmed by the variety of choice in front of you.
Fear not; we’re here to talk you through everything you need to know when shopping for bathroom taps!
Before choosing your basin tap, there’s one vital thing you need to consider: is it compatible with your basin? Most basins will arrive on your doorstep with pre-drilled tap holes. It’s important to note how many tap holes your basin has, as this can limit what taps you can use with it.
If your basin has one tap hole, mixer taps are the perfect option. Mixer taps are a popular choice in modern bathrooms, as they allow you to mix hot and cold water through one tap to form the perfect temperature. These taps are available in a wide variety of styles, so you can create the look that’s right for you.
If your basin has two tap holes, you’re better suited to a pair of basin taps. These supply hot and cold water independently, with the hot and cold pipes each connected to an individual tap.
Styles of Taps
Mono Basin Mixer Taps
Mono Basin Mixer Taps require a single tap hole in your basin and feature a single spout where the water flows out. These taps are available in a wide range of designs, with both modern and traditional options on offer.
Selected designs of our mono basin taps are also available in mini versions. These slightly smaller taps are ideal for smaller basins and cloakroom units.
Waterfall Taps are mixer taps with a difference. These striking taps have been designed to create a cascading waterfall effect that provides serious wow factor. Waterfall taps allow hot and cold water to be mixed as the water flows, creating the ideal temperature.
High Rise Taps are a great option for those looking to make a strong style statement in their bathroom. Made for use with counter top basins, high rise taps are attached to the vanity or worktop, giving a sleek and uncluttered appearance. Combined with a modern basin, the end result is a dramatic and contemporary look.
Wall Mounted Basin Taps are a great option for the more style-savvy amongst you. As the name would suggest, these taps are mounted on the wall for a sleek, minimalist appearance. A fashionable wall mounted basin tap will make a striking statement in any modern bathroom. Still a relatively new style on the market, these fresh taps are a great option for counter top basins.
A pair of basin taps is ideal if you’re looking for an authentic traditional bathroom design. A Victorian-inspired choice, like our Windsor Traditional Basin Taps, will add a touch of classic glamour. Match your taps with our Windsor Basin for a complete vintage look.
As with basin taps, the different types of bath taps relate to the number of tap holes in the bath. However, most baths come without tap holes, so your installer can drill in holes where necessary. This allows you more flexibility when shopping, so you can choose the bath tap that’s right for you.
Bath Mixer Taps are a highly practical and popular option. Much like their basin counterparts, mixer taps combine the two water sources to flow as the perfect temperature. Most mixer taps will require two tap holes. These bath taps come in a range of different styles, both modern and traditional. Mixer taps work well on most bath types, including modern straight baths and even some freestanding ones.
Wall mounted bath taps, similar to wall mounted basin taps, are mounted on the wall to provide a stunning minimalist look. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, wall mounted taps are also extremely functional as, with no nooks and crannies on the bath ledge for dirt to build up, your bath is easier to clean.
Bath Shower Mixer Taps are pretty similar to standard mixer taps. The key difference is that these come equipped with a shower head attachment. This feature can be very useful for tasks such as rinsing the bath after use or bathing children; it’s a must-have for family bathrooms.
These taps are available in many styles. Many of our modern bath filler taps are available in Bath Shower Mixer Tap versions. You could also go down a more traditional route with a Victorian-inspired option, like our Windsor Bath Shower Mixer Tap.
Looking for something different in your bath tap? Why not opt for something that requires more holes than the standard two.
3 Hole Taps, like our Cascade Deck Mounted Tap, usually feature individual hot and cold taps, with a central spout. This provides an elegant symmetry to the look of your bathroom design.
4 Hole Taps and 5 Hole Taps are fairly similar to the above, usually including two taps and a central spout. However, they also have the addition of a shower attachment. 4 Hole Taps will usually have a diverter button built in to the spout to change between shower and bath, while 5 Hole Taps will have a separate diverter valve.
Freestanding bath taps are made for use with freestanding baths. These taps supply water to your bath without the need for tap holes; the water is poured into the bath from a height, creating a stunning feature in your new bathroom. Available in both modern and traditional designs, freestanding taps are perfect for making a dramatic style statement.
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The ‘Modern Luxe’ bathroom trend combines ultra-current Bathroom Suites with contemporary colour palettes and chic textures. Fuelled by strong shapes, statement pieces and endless glam, the Modern Luxe trend can take your bathroom from standard to stunning.
Chic marble is the modern day bathroom muse. Its monochromatic structured look can seamlessly run from floor to ceiling without feeling over-powering. It is often thought that an ultra-modern styled bathroom should be white, clean and airy, but it doesn’t have to mean colourless. Accent colours such as vibrant raspberry can add interest and flair into a large bathroom space.
The Parade wall-hung vanity unit not only has a built in basin but the drawers also offer excellent storage space, particularly useful if you have a small bathroom. Available in two varying sizes, couple the Parade unit up with our Flow Black Basin Tap. You can even choose matching Flow Black Bath Taps to tie your modern look together.
Finally, we recommend introducing an LED round mirror like Typhon, with demister and touch sensor technology, the Typhon mirror is the perfect way to finish off your modern bathroom design.
What better place to start than your bathroom. Your bathroom is your tranquil haven, your zen, your relaxation room, making it the ideal room to indulge this trend. By creating an all-encompassing rustic-inspired space, you can reconnect with nature in your own home whilst relaxing at the same time. Our Parma freestanding bath against the Salvaged Plank Elm Multipanel feature wall is what rustic dreams are made of. Enthralled in greenery, wooden accents and statement furniture, we love the tactile and raw look that this trend has to offer.
If you love the elements incorporated in our Urban Oasis set, but you don’t have the space to include all the products, choose your favourite few and build your own.
For smaller bathroom spaces, we recommend selecting a shower enclosure instead of a bath. At Wholesale Domestic Bathrooms we have a wide range of shower enclosuresizes and styles to suit any room shape, such as Quadrant, Walk-in, and Sliding Door to name a few.
A counter top basin is an ultra-contemporary addition to all bathroom styles. The Silves Basin featured above is most definitely a statement piece due to its dynamic shape. Like us, if you choose to place your counter top basin onto a rustic shelf rather than a bathroom unit, you will need to add additional storage.
Mirrored cabinets are a great solution, as they can hide all your bathroom products whilst doing the job they were designed for. Our Napoli Mirror Cabinets come in an assortment of tones to match your colour scheme, from white to black to wood-effect.
Victorian Vibes | Chic | Rich | Old v New | Newstalgia
The Vintage Bathroom look is inspired by traditional Victoria homes, rich colours, wistful patterns and luxurious fabrics. We have all salivated over this glamourous and nostalgic style of bathroom at some point in a lifestyle magazine or trending Insta post, so why not introduce this timeless Vintage look into your own home.
In love with all things Vintage, we created our very own feeling of “ultimate grandeur” with this VINspiration styled bathroom. Patterned tiles such as our Surface Grey Décor create a charming look against the deep Navy backdrop, whilst our elegant Kensington Freestanding bath dominates the space. By adding ornate shaped decoration pieces such as a chrome-arched mirroryou can make a strong stylised statement which contributes to the overall all look and feel.
If a freestanding bath is not an option for you, you can still create a Vintage inspired look with our Windsor Traditional Bath Panels.Striking and available in white, grey or oak, our Windsor traditional bath panels also come with a plinth, allowing you to raise your bath by an extra 100mm, finding that perfect height.
Our favourite vintage accessory is our Windsor Traditional Radiator. Its unique look brings character and class to a vintage-styled bathroom, useful for heating your bathroom as well as keeping your bath towels fluffy and warm.