26 June 2022
5 min read
There is a right tap for almost every type of bathroom conceivable, from the most modern layouts to the most traditional designs. There are many different types of taps to choose from including materials, colours and finishes, not to mention styles too. That means a lot of options to consider and if you’re unsure where to start, looking at the latest bathroom tap trends for 2022 is a great place to start.
Black finishes have become increasingly popular every year as a bold but complementary addition to any bathroom. They are unique, draw the eye and are easy to integrate. Black taps can work well with most bathroom tiling options as well as neutral tones and natural materials.
A matte black tap adds a classy touch, as well as being resistant to water spots and fingerprints. They tend to be used in minimalist settings and clutter-free spaces, allowing the taps to be the focal point of your sink area. Some opt to include coordinating accessories like black matte soap dishes and dispensers which further draw out the accents of the taps themselves.
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Best practices for hygiene and handwashing have been brought to the fore with the COVID-19 pandemic and many have chosen to upgrade their taps with touchless features because of it. While it is a more practical trend it is still a trend nevertheless which justifies its inclusion in this list.
We know how important it is to keep surface contact to a minimum these days, but the downside of handwashing is that you may pick up more bacteria by turning off the tap. With a hands-free tap, the inbuilt infrared sensor will sense the presence of hands when you give it a little wave. A touchless tap will save you money with its auto shutoff, and it'll impress your guests while reducing your carbon footprint.
A brushed nickel tap finish is universally adored because it complements almost all colour schemes. This along with the fact that they are easy to clean and scratch-resistant has seen them grow in popularity in Australia in 2024.
Interior design trends always gravitate towards matching fixtures in a bathroom for a balanced finish. People do so with vanity lighting fixtures, creating coherency when used with taps around your entire sink area.
There will always be a place in bathrooms across Australia for traditional tapware, an everpresent feature in annual lists for bathroom trends.
A mixer tap with traditional features creates a beautiful aspect in a bathroom while remaining practical for the sink area. If you'd like to give a nod to contemporary fashion, a lever-style single handle tap makes a bold statement in keeping with a historical style. A single lever tap is also great for kids, and those with dexterity issues.
A traditional bathroom just loves a roll-top bath and a freestanding bath tap that'll make a statement. Freestanding taps give you full use of your tub, and they'll also draw attention to the centrepiece item that it is.
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The big movement in tiny homes and huge interest in space-saving features has seen wall-mounted taps have a breakthrough year in 2024. They also give a bathroom a spa-like feel, due to their clean lines and simplicity. Plenty of sink choices also opens up when choosing wall mounted taps.
If you're renovating a small bathroom, then a wall-mounted tap is definitely the way to go. By mounting your tap on the wall, you can install a smaller sink as your tapware won't take up space on the counter or porcelain.
Coloured taps are coming into vogue in 2022 and are a great one to consider for your next renovation. Coloured taps work best with whites and neutral tones because they make your taps the stars of the show.
White subway tiles are commonly used by the sink and in the shower as a great backdrop for showstopping coloured taps. There are a wide array of colours to choose from and finishes too that have their own natural colouring.
When choosing to go bold with your tap colour, it's best to pick a scheme of three colours. Your main colour will be for your taps, the secondary colour will be for accents and highlights, and the third colour will be for bathroom accessories and pops of colour. Make it your own, for a unique bathroom that'll be the envy of your friends.
This year's bathroom tap trends highlight the importance of coordination and unity. More and more renovators are choosing to purchase sets of bathroom hardware, creating cohesion between all fittings in a bathroom.
If you opt for brushed nickel taps, then use the same finish with your bath taps and shower fittings. And if you choose a wall-mounted tap design, then why not choose the same style for your tub too? Bringing these elements together creates a stronger design with much more overall impact.
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Whatever your style, choosing the right tap will change the whole look of your bathroom design. They will draw the eye, add interest, and help set the tone for your bathroom. Whether you go for sleek black finishes, traditional elegance or a pop of cheeky colour, the bathroom tap trends for 2024 are solid choices that are sure to stand the test of time.
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Article updated 20th December 2023.