Tapping into your creative mind on your next purchase | The ultimate guide to buying a kitchen tap

The kitchen tap. Maybe you are searching for the perfect one, maybe you are just going with the flow. All I know is that I used most of my tap puns on my sink buying guide, so this will be a lot more substance over style. So kick back, grab a brew (which you can make extra-quickly with a kettle tap) and a bourbon and let us fly through the processes and the choices you get to decide on your tap buying journey together.

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The Process of Buying your Kitchen Tap

Finding your style

The first step and probably the important one from a design point of view, you need to consider how the tap will look in your current kitchen and whether it suits the overall aesthetic of the room. However if you are building a kitchen from scratch you have the benefit of deciding on how the entire kitchen is going to look therefore the choice is limitless. Like I always say, it is key you buy something that flows with the rest of the room.

Measure Up

I cannot stress this point enough, make sure that the tap can reach the centre of the sink. Once you choose where you want the tap hole to be, or you choose your tap before deciding where to put the tap hole, make sure that the tap the tap flows into the centre of the sink. This provides you with full functionality and will reduce excess water that could cause marks on the sink.

Order

So you know the style and colour that suits your kitchen, as well as the dimensions needed to make the tap work with your sink. Now you can think about the purchase! As you know the style and dimensions you can order it online which saves time and most likely money!

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Function

There are thankfully a range of choices of taps when it comes to how it functions. A popular tap of ours are the boiling water taps, which provides you with hot and cold water as well as instant boiling water which means there’s no need for a kettle and frees up space in your kitchen.

Another option would be the mixer tap, which is the most common style of tap, which offers you the usual hot and cold water in one piece of apparatus. If you have your eyes set on the future (whilst being hygienic in the present), sensor taps are a recent addition to the tap family that offers you a germ free alternative to your usual handle operated taps.

Style

The next factor to help choose your tap would be the choice of colour. I would assume 9 out of 10 homes would suit a silver tap, be that steel or chrome or whatever other variance on silver. They are easy to work in a kitchen, as most kitchens do have silver elements scattered around the room. Definitely the best choice if you aren’t wanting to take risks on style. 

Then there are black taps. Very modern and fashionable, they look fantastic when paired with a dark granite sink. I would definitely make sure it suits the colour and style of your kitchen as black can look out of place when partnered up with certain shades of blue and yellow as well as others. It won’t be a problem if you are designing from scratch as you’ll be sticking to palettes and colour schemes.

Like black taps, coloured taps are easiest to use when designing the kitchen as golds, coppers and rose golds can look out of place when used on its own. In my opinion, the best way to fit both black and colours into your existing kitchen would be to buy appliances that match the colour of the tap, or alternatively buying a tap that matches the appliances.

Price

What price point are you looking to spend on your new kitchen tap? That’s the crux of tap buying. How much are you willing to spend? Quality and price aren’t joined at the hip thankfully so there are taps with high quality and lower prices! There are however premiums depending on the technology used. 

For example boiling water taps are usually the most expensive as the quality needs to be high to support the technology used. The best way to buy based on pricing is to make sure the brand uses high quality materials, as a good quality £80 tap is a lot more attractive than a bad quality £250 tap. Thankfully for your sake, Enhance my Kitchen works with only the best brands to ensure a quality standard all year round.

The right decision is your decision (kind of). As much as the fancy gold sensor tap looks “trendy” and “down with the kids”, when installed in your rustic Victorian cottage it may look like a goat in a herd of sheep. Find the tap that you would love most in your kitchen! If you’re not sure what will get your feet tapping with excitement, contact us to arrange a free interior design consultation with our expert designers.

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