Exciting new interior design ideas are everywhere, from new kitchen worktop materials to bespoke printed 3D splashbacks, porcelain wood tiling or acrylic glass-effect walls, and of course the ever present Edison style filament light bulbs. But for property owners that might want to bring just a touch of up-to-date style to their kitchens and bathrooms, you can do a lot worse than look to the new range of beautiful black and gold taps and fittings, finally starting to become available to us over here in the UK. From the moment these gorgeous fittings started popping up in impossibly trendy members clubs and high-end boutique hotels, you could see these would quickly take off in popularity. You can see them beautifully complimenting the industrial and "steampunk" style of exposed bulb pendants, reclaimed scaffolding stools, or battered table tops that seem to have escaped Dalston's hipster cafes and run away to join us in West London!
In most places, the first effect that burst onto the scene was matt black taps and mixers: Industrial, bold, and a real break from the ubiquitous stainless and brushed steel of the (still popular) stylish mixer taps. Many designs mix both steel and black, combining the smooth metallic and the tactile matt black materials for a truly modern effect.
These took a leap from the antique nickel and battered metal effects that came in with the urban industrial look, and went straight for the darkest, mattest effect you could find. But these were a pricey - and sometimes lengthy - choice for a home-owner... and hard to find. Standard stylish steel and chrome taps would have to be bought first, and then sent off for coating, as intrepid companies remained cautious about these bold new fittings. But demand increased, and matt black has begin to appear in many a Chiswick home, as the black has turned to gold... and brass, rose gold, red, blue, white and even green. Now simply replacing, say, your washroom fittings with a bright designer gold taps can bring an immediate WOW factor to the room, and be a real conversation starter - something we at Living in Chiswick always like!
Gold fixtures are not just the reserve of needy Presidents of course, and have become extremely popular in the chicest of places. Gold is a lovely companion for all things art-deco, retaining an elegance when used sparingly. Brass works beautifully in Victorian-style bathrooms, complimenting antique wood and vintage tiles, while soft rose gold has both a modern and romantic look, which would go well with earthier, natural designs (perhaps a giant shell sink, if you're feeling particularly "Renaissance"!). Antique brass coatings are lovely to mix and match with other aged metals in a modern-meets-traditional style country kitchen. And of course when the feeling of opulence is required you can go to town not just with the fixtures but with coated sinks too.
But for the bold, there's no greater statement than, perhaps, a bright red, green or blue kitchen tap bursting out of modern white worktop. Why not match coloured lighting behind a frosted glass splashback, or under the worktop, too?