Our Guide to Taps and Basins for the Home

Read our blog post for our advice on taps and basins - everything you need to know.

Our guide to taps and basins


Taps make a big statement and can completely transform a bathroom from ordinary to out-of-this-world. Whether you go for traditional or modern taps, the design depends on the look you are trying to create, but remember that good design and quality can help the room look remarkable. Think of the basin and taps as a whole unit, rather than as individual items. Steer very clear of installing a completely different style of bath and basin taps in the same room. Think carefully and choose well - as taps can be an investment that will bring big benefits when you come to sell.


Basins come in all shapes, sizes and materials and in the right bathroom can become a feature in their own right. If you're buying a separate basin, keep it in the same style as other sanitaryware - a very modern loo next to a Victorian basin will look as if you are halfway through changing the bathroom. Be aware that ‘white' porcelain comes in very different shades, and an old reclaimed sink may look dirty against your brand-new bath. In Victorian or Edwardian properties, both traditional or sleek contemporary basins work well. Very modern double basins and vessel countertop sinks can look sensational in Georgian houses, so don't feel you necessarily have to stick strictly to the historical period.

In small spaces, vanity units with built-in basins are very practical and fuss-free, with storage space below. His ‘n' hers basins are a great luxury, but you need enough room for them to fit in comfortably. And remember that, although a shallow countertop basin may look dramatic with a high tap above, you'll be forever mopping up the splashes.