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Kitchen Design 6 : How to choose the perfect kitchen tap and hardware for your ideal kitchen?

Kitchen Taps

An ideal kitchen tap should suit the need of the homeowner, and enhance the look, feel and functionality of the kitchen. The budget of kitchen taps rang from £10 to £700.


Styles

Your kitchen tap should match your sink. It is important to select a kitchen tap that complements your kitchen. Speaking of style, there are plenty of options, such as rustic, traditional, modern, contemporary, industrial, minimalistic and transitional styles.

A very modern kitchen with clean, simple lines demands a modern tap to match.


Finishes

  • Polished or brushed stainless steel is a timeless choice.

  • Polished or brushed nickel coordinates well with stainless steel sinks. It glows softly.

  • Chrome is the most durable finish and easiest to keep clean, complementing all style of kitchens. Sparking chrome will add a highlight and an urban edge to the kitchen area and enhance the look and surface of worktops and sinks.

  • Pewter offers a characterful alternative.

  • Matte black fits perfectly into minimal and monochrome kitchens.

  • Polished or brushed brass delivers the wow factor and brings warmth. It fits well into traditional kitchens by contrasting bright warm metal colour with dark cabinets.


Handles

  • Two-handle taps feature two individual levers or handles to control the hot and cold water supplies.

  • Single-lever taps enable you to control the water flow and temperature with one hand.


Installation

  • Sink-mounted kitchen tap

  • Deck-mounted kitchen tap is best suited for a farmhouse and undermount sink.

  • Wall-mounted kitchen tap is best suited for a single basin sink.


Knobs and Pulls

Knobs and pulls help to protect the finishes of your kitchen cabinets. They are available in a wide variety of styles and finishes that enhance the design of your kitchen. When you are revamping or building a new kitchen, choose hardware last.


Styles

When to use a pull or knob for your cabinet door is decided by comfort. It is much more comfortable to open a drawer using a pull. Pulls have a more contemporary look, whereas knobs usually are used in traditional kitchens. You can also use both knobs and pulls or nothing in your kitchens. You can use knobs for doors and pulls for drawers, but stick to one finish. There is also no need for your cabinet hardware finish to match the finish of your sink tap.


Square or Curved

Consider the form of cabinet, worktop edge and lighting fixtures. It will help you decide the shape of knobs or pulls that are consistent with the type of lines in your design.

  • Square cabinet styles include shaker and flat panel can still match round style hardware to create a contemporary look.

  • Curved cabinet styles including traditional raised panel doors match curved style hardware that has soft edges and more detail to enhance a classic look.


Finishes

There are numerous finishes available to add interest to your kitchen.

  • Brushed nickel

  • Antique pewter

  • Aluminium

  • Bronze (light to dark)

  • Polished, satin or brushed brass

  • Matte or gloss black

  • Clear glass

  • Gloss white

It is essential that all your kitchen hardware finishes coordinate with each other.

A chrome tap goes well with dark bronze, gloss black, clear glass and gloss white kitchen cabinet hardware, whereas a brushed nickel matches matt black and antique pewter kitchen cabinet hardware.


Conclusion

Kitchen taps and hardware are the last element to opt for in your kitchen design. The hardware you choose will have a big impact on the final look and feel of your kitchen. They can create a highlight in your kitchen area and should enhance your kitchen design. Thus choose them carefully.



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