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  • Writer's pictureDesigner James Treble

Tapware Like Jewellery

When it comes to designing a bathroom, there's a simple analogy I often use to convey to my clients the significance of selecting the right tap-ware and accessories: it's like adding jewellery to an outfit. Just as the choice of jewellery can significantly alter the overall look and mood of an ensemble, the selection of tap-ware and accessories can profoundly impact the aesthetic of a bathroom.

Naturally, the process of selecting tap-ware should prioritise function, as a bathroom (and the entire home) must ultimately cater to the needs of the people that live there. This involves considering practical aspects such as whether to include a bath, opting for a single or double shower in the master bedroom ensuite, and choosing between wall-mounted tap-ware or a tap-and-spout set or a mixer. By asking a myriad of questions and understanding my clients' habits, I can recommend items that best suit their family's needs. After all, every family is unique, and their home should reflect that individuality.

Prior to our selection meetings, I always advise my clients to 'do their homework'. This entails searching online for items and styles they like, collecting images, and bringing them along to our appointments. This research not only provides insight into their taste and expectations, but also helps us compile a list of items that will contribute to a successful home design. Obviously I don't mind if they familiarise themselves with a visit to a showroom, prior to our appointment.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the plethora of options available when choosing bathroom fixtures, here are some quick suggestions:

  1. Firstly, consider the overall architectural style of your home. While your final choice doesn't necessarily have to match, it should complement the existing aesthetic.

  2. Secondly, scour the internet for images of bathrooms that appeal to you, and if anything strikes you as 'horrible', take note, as this is crucial in defining your taste.

  3. Thirdly, visit display homes to gain inspiration and discover practical solutions you may not have yet considered.

Once you've determined the desired aesthetic and identified solutions that meet your family's needs, I recommend visiting a well-stocked showroom. My personal favourite is the Parisi showroom, where a diverse range of items are displayed in realistic settings. Seeing products installed can greatly aid in decision-making. In fact, from the Parisi range, I've selected not only tap-ware but also PC Items (primary cost items like vanities, bathtubs, and toilets), as well as accessories, mirror cabinets, as well as the sinks and tap-ware for kitchen and laundry of my own home.

Whether renovating or building, bathrooms and kitchens are significant investments and the most frequently used rooms in the house, therefore, every item should be carefully selected based on function, practicality and aesthetics. So, do your homework, then visit a Parisi showroom willing to be amazed, rely on the advice of expert salespeople there and be ready to create a space that perfectly caters to your family's unique needs.

James Treble has three decades of accumulated experience in the Building Industry, Real Estate and Interior Design and regularly shares his knowledge and experience in adding value to properties through effective design & styling. James is also an ambassador for Planet Ark and firmly believes in sensible purchasing, recycling and creative re-purposing. Watch his free videos on YouTube, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram for plenty of Design information. Watch his free Online Series to see how an Interior Designer renovates his own home.


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