A recent survey has indicated that 44% of UK homeowners will be spending money on their bathrooms in the next 12 months. The bathroom has become the favourite room in which to carry out home improvement in the UK and one of the most important features within the bathroom is taps.
People are getting more and more sophisticated in their tastes and as a result they are looking to really individualise their interior design choices
and may want to make their own choices of taps, rather than just rely on whatever came with the bathroom suite, as in years gone by.
One of the first things that catches the eye when walking into the bathroom is the state of the taps. Are they tired, worn and old fashioned (and not in a good way), or are they fresh, gleaming and stylish? We notice these things when we go to other people’s houses and so this attention to detail is natural when we are selecting our own bathroom suites.
Additionally, many people decide that their bathroom suites and tiles do not necessarily need upgrading, but they know that a huge difference can be made by changing the fixtures and fittings, like taps, shower curtains and floor mats, for example.
Nor are taps upgrades limited to bathrooms. Kitchens are always popular rooms to be overhauled, with current fashions dictating a very streamlined and minimalistic approach. If people are upgrading their cupboards and work surfaces, they are also very likely to be in the market for a new sink and taps.
For those looking for that minimal look, the most popular choice of tap will be a single levered mixer tap, whereas those wanting a more traditional style will most likely opt for separate hot and cold taps in a period style, often with a brass finish.
Because people are becoming increasingly choosy with how they personalise their homes, it’s important that plumbers and installers stay ahead of the game and keep their knowledge of the latest fashions, legislation and products up to date.
Homeowners will very often turn to the installer for ideas, so having good knowledge of a range of styles and designs is absolutely imperative. Any installer who realises that they also must add an element of interior design expertise to their service will instantly get one up over their competitors and will result in happier customers and will definitely enhance the reputation of the installer and the industry as a whole.
Article by Benjamin Clarke
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