Basin tap ideas: fluted, knurled, and textured designs

It’s the little details that make a bathroom look and feel luxurious. So, why not add interest to your scheme with the help of textured taps?

Basin taps are having a moment. While classic polished solutions ooze timeless elegance, we are now expecting more from our bathroom brassware. Bold colours and modern metallics are one way of elevating your basin area, but how about embracing texture through fluted and knurled taps? 

The tactile nature of these taps offers a treat for your senses. And, these textured finishes can even help with turning the levers, thus making them easier to use and more accessible. 

But why have textured taps risen in popularity, I hear you ask? “Textured taps give the bathroom a more tactile feel for a luxurious look,” says Ben Bryden, sales and marketing director at Rak Ceramics UK. “While too much texture can make a small bathroom feel more closed in, textured brassware enables the trend to be introduced to any space in a pared-back way.”

The manufacturing process of bathroom brassware has evolved and makes it possible to achieve these intricate patterns — it’s the innovation that’s driving the trends rather than the other way around. 

So, how can you include textured taps in your bathroom? Small spaces, such as cloakrooms where you don’t have a lot of space to make a statement and every inch counts, are a great starting point. In bigger bathrooms, try matching your textured basin tap with the shower and bath mixers for a cohesive look.  But fear not, we’ve got plenty of ideas lined up.

Let’s take a look at our roundup of textured basin tap ideas, filled with beautiful close-ups you want to touch…

Tactile basin tap ideas

Textured bathroom taps
Kite deck-mounted bath panel valves, from £399; Kite tall basin mixer in chrome, from £399, and Kite basin mixer in antique brass, £339, all from Abode.
Wall mounted gold tap
Mettlach tap, price on application, Villeroy & Boch.

Knurled basin taps

Detailed shot of knurled chrome faucet
Private collection in chrome, from £1000, Grohe.
Chrome mixer tap from Rak Ceramics
Amalfi tap, from £199, Rak Ceramics.
Mixer wall-mounted chrome tap with hot and cold details
Armstrong wall-mounted basin mixer in Pewter, from £856.80, Perrin & Rowe.
Industrial gold tap with textured details
Acme basin tap, £499, Aston Matthews.
Industrial gold basin tap with textured details
Monobloc basin mixer, £379, Thomas Crapper.

Fluted basin tap ideas

Bronze basin tap with fluted design
Vos tap, from £260, JTP.
Brass coloured wall-mounted basin tap
Habito tap, price on application, Gessi.
Chrome fluted basin tap ideas
3ONE6 basin monobloc, £299, Crosswater.

Want to add more texture? Click here for our roundup of the latest fluted bathroom products

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