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Choosing Basins and Taps

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The first problem you will encounter is the sheer quantity of products available. Whether you are going for a traditional or contemporary design, you will find a multitude of styles to choose from. Square basins are very popular at the moment, although circular, rectangular and even irregular-shaped basins are also widely available.

The style and size of your basin will depend on the size of the room. There are many space-saving designs available. But if you have plenty of room you could opt for glamorous his-and-hers basins. If you have a small room, or an en-suite, consider a wall-mounted basin as the lack of a pedestal can really free up floor space. In the same way, a corner basin can make all the difference when planning how to use limited space most usefully.

These days the world is your oyster when thinking about what material to go for in a basin. Modern stone can add an intriguing design statement to a bathroom and glass basins look very modern and slightly space-age. You can always opt for traditional enamel, of course.


The huge range of taps available can prove bewildering, so make your decision carefully and don't forget that a good basin and tap combination should look as if they were made to be together. Tap design is evolving fast. Waterfall styles have a futuristic feel and can be a great focal point. If you're looking for a sleek effect, consider wall-mounted taps. For a smaller area, it may be prudent to consider a single-lever mixer tap, as separate taps may look out of place on a corner basin. Always consider the proportion of taps to basin — too large or too small could ruin your whole look.

A well-chosen basin and tap combination can make a bathroom. Shop around and you'll soon be in washing your hands in style.