Innovative or sophisticated, statement or subdued, choosing tapware is a personal choice that takes time and consideration. Whether undertaking a complete home renovation or replacing bathroom and kitchen fixtures, the latest trends and tips from leading tapware and shower brand, Methven, can help narrow down those difficult decisions.

Black is Back

Black is making a comeback and will be a must-have for details and fixtures within bathrooms and kitchens. Working well with a variety of shades and colours, black can be paired with vibrant colours to make a bold statement.

Matte surfaces are on the rise, meaning the modern and sophisticated Methven Aio Basin Mixer can work perfectly in contemporary complement to any style.

Methven Aio Shower System Matte Black Insitu


Changing Shapes

While sharp, geometric forms have ruled interior spaces in the past couple of years, design trends are now shifting toward soft curves and rounded edges. This trend inspires the feeling of comfort and encompasses a sense of welcome.

Embracing this idea of elegant, rounded shapes, and blurring the lines between hard and round edges, the Methven Minimalist Gooseneck Sink Mixer features intersecting cylinders blended with strict geometry, enhancing any room with its graceful forms.

For those who don’t want to abandon the geometric trend completely, the Methven Waipori Basin Mixer takes traditional shapes and subtly tapers them for the modern bathroom.


Conscious Choices

People are becoming more environmentally conscious than ever, which is influencing their decisions when it comes to home design. Factors for these choices start as early as manufacture, with many people looking for products that have been made with less chemicals involved in the process. The Methven Tūroa collection is crafted from 304 machine grade stainless steel, which is low in lead, therefore preserving water quality and product longevity whilst the finish provides texture to create a stylish and handcrafted look.

Perfect Pairings

A free-standing basin will require either a wall-mounted tapware set or a hob (deck) mounted hi-rise tap. A wall-mounted tapware set can be a great way to keep your vanity bench top clear and allow space for other items.

Consider the spout length of the tapware selected in regards to the basin itself. If the spout is too long or too short, it can result in water splashing out of the basin. Ideally, water should be directed towards the waste/drain. Getting this marriage of basin drain and spout length right can be troublesome, so look for mixers and spouts which have adjustable stream aerators. These allow an extra bit of water direction control to reduce the chance of splashing.

If you are selecting a hob or deck mounted basin mixer, ensure the fixing underneath is solid. Look for ‘twin-stud’ mounting as opposed to ‘single-stud’. Single studs can easily loosen after use. Think about the size of both basin and the tapware. If possible, they should be selected together so they can be proportionately matched.

Tap into the look first

The basin mixer is typically the foundation of a tapware collection. Once you are happy with this choice, select your shower set, towel rings, soap dishes and other accessories from the same range to complete your bathroom and create a cohesive look.

When planning on updating your fixtures, gather options together, take your time and do your research. Create a mood board or a scrapbook of design ideas and products. Where possible, find your chosen products on display, so you can feel the quality and get a sense of how the product looks in real life.

Methven products are available through Bunnings Warehouse, Reece and plumbing stores and showrooms nationwide.

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