Now this post is more by way of an idea that I’m just putting out there, as my son would say. Something to muse on and see what you think. Then we can perhaps revisit in more detail later. So, on the basis that most of us still have chrome taps, can’t afford brass and are worried about the faddiness of copper do we need a new colour? Is it time for that most classic of colours to come forth and take its place in the front row. Black taps? Is that the new and for ever thing?
I think it might be.
Last week I wrote about how to choose the right kitchen worktop for you and one of the pictures I showed then drew me in and has stayed with me ever since and while it was undeniably a beautiful worktop, it was the tap that gave it the zing.
It’s this one.
Now I don’t know about you but that black tap and sink combination is just fabulous as far as I’m concerned. And it feels really do-able. When we converted the loft three years ago I wanted brass taps in the bathroom. But the Mad Husband wasn’t convinced as he thought we might go off them. Well we’ll never know the answer to that as we didn’t have them but it’s possible he had a point.
It wasn’t just the fear of succombing to a trend that worried us, but also the sheer expense and the fact that, three years ago, you couldn’t easily get a brass bottle trap for under the basin and the flush buttons on the loos were all still chrome and so on. We gave up partly for a lack of product as much as lack of money.
Then, last year, we revamped the bathroom. Now the floor-standing bat tap leaks and we were replacing the shower fittings already so that was the moment to go for it. But somehow we didn’t. We could have justified that lot in brass and then thrown in the basin taps to match but the moment came and went and it’s all still chrome.
But now suddenly I feel like I could commit to black. Not least because I think you can happily mix black and chrome so if you fell in love with a black tap and didn’t want to change the waste or the loo flush I don’t think that’s a problem.
And while I’m on the subject of mixing metallics. Someone asked me last week about mixing them in the bathroom and while I’ve often said you can mix brass and pewter or copper and silver, when it comes to mirrors and candlesticks for example in sitting rooms, I think it doesn’t work so well to have a mix in a bathroom or kitchen. Why? Because I think (and this is my take on it so it’s not necessarily something you have to agree with) a brass light and silver candlestick are two different things for different purposes and, the chances are, there are lots of other textures and colours in that room already so it becomes part of the overall scheme. Bathrooms are much more minimal places and having everything that is roughly doing the same job (all to do with water coming and going) and in different colours doesn’t feel quite right to me. It’s messy rather than considered.
BUT, but…. when it’s black and another colour. Well that’s a different kettle of fish. I think you can have a black tap and a silver flush. A black showerhead and a sliver bath tap. Black is the classic isn’t it? And it goes with everything. So black and brass, black and sliver, even black and copper.
As I say, I’m just putting this out there for us all to mull over – while pointing that Ikea are now selling a black tap for £100 so I think it probably is a thing. Let me know what you think in the comments but this may be a more affordable way forward as we don’t have to rip out entire rooms but can revamp a little here and a little there.
Mind you, if you’ve got a black tap wouldn’t you just love a black sink? We’ll come back to that later…