The Pros and Cons of Black Tapware
The popularity of black tapware in bathrooms and kitchens does not seem to be fading anytime soon. This tapware finish seems to be almost as popular as the traditional chrome or stainless-steel taps, which have maintained their timeless appeal throughout the years, according to market research. Despite our newfound passion for black tapware, there are certain advantages and disadvantages to adopting this type of finish in your bathrooms and kitchens, depending on your preferences.
What frequently seems to be beautiful at the time of installation does not necessarily retain its appearance or appeal after a couple of years. I’m going to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of black tapware from the perspective of a plumber, as well as provide suggestions to guarantee that your black tapware maintains its beauty over time.
For the simple reason that we’re used to seeing chrome or metallic finishes on tapware, we find ourselves pausing to take notice of black tapware since it’s distinct and sleeker than the previous mixer and hob-mounted tap designs. Bathrooms and kitchens with black tapware have a more contemporary feel. It’s a trend that can immediately breathe new life into a drab room.
It goes well with a wide range of bathroom and kitchen color schemes and is flexible.
The majority of bathrooms and kitchens nowadays are built with a neutral color palette in order to guarantee that the style and design will last for years to come. When combined with black tapware, these neutral colors look great. Most neutral color schemes benefit from the use of black since it contrasts or complements them effectively. The most appealing aspect of placing black tapware in a neutral-colored area is that it will stand out, and the tapware itself may become a focal point in your kitchen and/or bathroom design.
It has a reasonable price tag.
When compared to chrome mixer taps, black mixer taps are a more affordable option. When compared to less costly mixers on the market, the more expensive types of black tapware will have a higher quality finish and a longer guarantee on the hardware within.
It looks stunning when contrasted with natural materials such as stone, marble, and wood.
The use of natural materials in bathrooms and kitchens has become more popular in recent years. These materials look fantastic when combined with black tapware. In fact, they have a sleek and contemporary appearance that will not date.
It’s a pretty simple process to place an order.
While certain faucet finishes – such as bright colors or specialized metallic finishes – are difficult to find and buy, black tapware is simple to find and order. Because of its widespread availability, it is simple to order or buy from the majority of plumbing supply shops.
It is suitable for a wide range of interior designs.
Black tapware may be used in a variety of interior designs. It is most often seen in modern and contemporary settings, but it has also been effectively utilized in traditional and country-style spaces. It all boils down to selecting the appropriate mixer form to complement the interior design scheme.
Fingerprints will not be seen as much as they would be on chrome.
When compared to chrome tapware, matte black tapware may have fewer apparent fingerprints. In order to provide longevity and resistance to markings and scratches, the majority of black tapware is produced with an electroplated finish. Despite this polish, the tapware is still susceptible to harm if it is not well maintained.
Now, let’s look at the disadvantages of black tapware. Click here to read about The Dos and Don’ts of Bathroom Tapware maintenance.
It will eventually go away.
The color of your black taps will fade with time, no matter how well they are maintained in terms of quality. This is something you should trust the plumber with since they are the ones who will come to replace it when the color has faded, or it seems to be more grey than black.
Cleaning your black tapware with a washer or microfiber cloth after every wash is the most effective way to keep it looking new. This may be inconvenient, but I can assure you that it will help to keep the appearance of your black tapware for a longer period of time.
It is possible that it will be damaged before it is fitted.
In spite of the fact that the black coating is resistant to scratching, basic plumbing tools used to hold the tap in place during installation will cause scratches. When installing the black tapware, your plumber will need to take extra precautions to prevent dents or scratches caused by multi-grips or imprints on the floor. A piece of cloth should be placed around the mixer to prevent the teeth from the tools from scratching the surface of the tap.
How do you match faucets and basins?
A free-standing basin will need either a wall-mounted faucet set or a high-rise/vessel placed on the hob (deck). A wall-mounted tapware set may be an excellent method to free up room on your vanity benchtop for other things.
Consider the spout length of the tapware you’ve chosen in relation to the size of the basin. If the spout is either too long or too short, water may splash out of the basin. Water should ideally be directed toward the waste/drain.
Consider the size of the basin and tapware, or even better, choose them together to ensure that they are proportionally proportioned to match.
Chemicals or wax-based cleansers will not be effective in cleaning it.
The most important thing to remember here is to never use ANY cleansers on your black faucets. This is especially true with matte black tapware. Clean and dry the tapware thoroughly with mild soapy water to ensure that the water does not leave stains on the outside surface.
Dust and make-up powder will be visible on this surface.
Even though it seems to be a bit ridiculous, I’ve seen this on several older black design tapware. If you wear powdered makeup in the bathroom, it is possible that some of the powder may fall on your faucets, causing them to seem murky after the powder has been washed away. Always have a microfiber cloth available to remove any dust or make-up powder particles that may have accumulated.
There is a lot to consider when choosing the finish for your tapware, but the disadvantages of black tapware should not deter you from installing them if you truly like the appearance and are willing to put in the effort to keep them looking good.