When it comes to creating a beautiful traditional bathroom we always think about those amazing looking freestanding bathtubs, and I’m sure we’re all familiar with those high level toilets too; but there’s another crucial aspect to making a period setting really look the part and that’s traditional taps.

You see, it’s all well and good splashing out (see what I did there?) on a fancy new bath but if you get your choice of accompanying taps wrong it just won’t achieve the desired effect. The same goes for your basin and even your bidet if you have one; getting your taps just right for the look and feel of the room is an essential requirement for really bringing the whole thing together. But deciding on just what to go for can be a little bit tricky, so in this guide we’ll look at the various types of traditional taps available and what will suit your particular bathroom best.

Timeless appeal

The beauty of traditional taps is that they feature absolutely timeless styling which is designed to complement period fixtures. When it comes to bringing the most out of your chosen fittings your taps really can make or break the look. With so many styles to pick from it can often feel a bit overwhelming but if you take your time and do a little research before buying then you won’t go wrong.

So what options are actually available to you? Well, here’s a quick rundown of the most popular styles:

Crosshead: An absolute classic. These taps feature those distinctive cross-shaped handles which have never really gone out of fashion (even some modern taps use this design now!) Some crosshead handles have rounded features while others are straighter in appearance. Both look amazing but just remember to match things up across your fixtures to keep a level of consistency throughout the room.

Lever handle: Another classic design, lever handle taps use white ceramic handles to provide a stunning contrast with the chrome body of the tap. They usually feature matching hot and cold indices at the top of the lever too which adds a practical yet stylish touch.

Art Deco: For those who want something a little different, these taps certainly offer that. Inspired by the revolutionary designs which emerged throughout the 1920s and 30s these taps feature more angular, complex styling which will give your fixtures a real designer edge. They won’t suit every traditional bathroom, but if you have one which has other nods to this period, such as an Art Deco mirror for example then they are unbeatable!

Gold: If you fancy that extra touch of luxury you can always go for a set of gold taps. Available in a huge array of crosshead and lever handle designs these items will give your bathroom a more exclusive, bespoke look. Don’t forget to match them up with gold shower hoses, bath stand pipes and wastes for a complete transformation.

The perfect finishing touch

So now we’ve looked at the various styles on offer it’s up to you to decide just what will look best in your bathroom. Even if you’re not completely renovating your bathroom, it’s surprising just how much of an effect replacing your taps for a fresh set can have on the overall look of your surroundings, so it’s best to ditch tired taps to keep things looking sharp. Don’t forget to check out our range of traditional taps and give your bathroom the ultimate finishing touch.

Rob, Victorian Plumbing