Our product manager Luke discusses colour in the kitchen featuring stylish sinks and taps in creative finishes for luxury living
For obvious reasons, life has felt pretty dull for most of us these past 16 months. So perhaps it’s no surprise that, as lockdown has (finally) eased and life seems a little more normal, colour is making a comeback. Summer fashion is traditionally brighter than winter counterparts anyway.
But more interesting shades are becoming more popular in the world of interiors, too. In fact, colour in the kitchen is definitely a trend – and not just for walls, cabinetry and accessories. Coloured sinks and taps are also growing in popularity, so we asked our product manager Luke for advice on how to choose these must-haves wisely:
Going for gold
If you want to make an impact when adding colour in the kitchen, I suggest you go for gold. In fact, it’s fast becoming the metal of the moment for a variety of reasons. For me, gold embodies the very essence of luxury. However, gold can also add warmth and interest to a room. In addition, it’s surprisingly versatile. I find it works equally well with bright modern kitchens and darker, traditional colour schemes.
So, think of it as a neutral, and the many possibilities become much clearer. Plus there’s no need to worry about overkill. These days, you should find contemporary gold is nothing like the gaudy, garish bling of the past. Rest assured that our modern incarnations at Caple are more subtle and therefore add a sophisticated edge to every kitchen.
Embrace the latest trend for metallics with our Mode175/GD two-tone gold and stainless-steel sink and Vapos2 3in1 gold tap. This clever combination mixes warm and cool tones to create a super stylish aesthetic that adds an instant ‘wow’ factor to any kitchen. This makes the sink and tap perfect choices for a super stylish, wet zone which will stand the test of time.
Colour in the kitchen taps
Our Vapos2 3in1 tap is WRAS-approved, and supplies fresh cold, regular hot and filtered 98°C steaming water. With a 3.5-litre tank and new pressurised boiler, this means it can dispense up to 120 cups per hour – so, you’ll never be thirsty! Another highlight for me is the water conditioning tech we use to control scale and acidity which, in turn, improves food and beverage quality.
Our steaming water tap is made from solid stainless steel and comes in five finishes – gold (see above), copper, gunmetal, black steel and stainless steel. This way, you can add a personal touch by picking from a variety of tap colours to mix or match your sink.
Gold doesn’t have to be overly bright and bold. Our Ridley tap in this finish looks subtle and stylish paired with our Mode175GD sink. Our beautiful Ridley tap (right) is available in a comprehensive range of colours, including stainless steel, black steel, gunmetal and copper. This model is sleek and stylish with a swan neck for an elegant finish in the kitchen.
The perfect PVD finish
Some of our finishes, including gold, are that little bit more special thanks to the technology we use to create them. Take Physical Vapour Deposition for instance, which is known as PVD. This highly innovative technique vaporises solid metal in a high vacuum environment.
It then deposits this on electrically conductive materials, such as a pure metal or alloy coating. The result? A finish, which is highly resistant to scratches, corrosion and tarnishing. Other interesting colours we use, which feature the PVD method, are copper, black steel and gunmetal.
PVD is also a process, which is used to coat certain super-premium watches – and Formula One cars – so it’s renowned for its longevity. This means that your gold, copper, black steel or gunmetal sink (or tap) will be able to withstand plenty of wear and tear. And you can feel confident this will provide long-lasting colour in your kitchen for many years to come.
Sometimes, I think it pays to experiment. I find contrasting colour in the kitchen can work surprisingly well. Teaming a dark sink, nestled under a white worktop, with copper accessories may seem unusual but, surprisingly, makes a successful combination. I think it works especially well in contemporary, minimalist room-schemes.
If you’re looking to add colour in the kitchen, don’t forget black. It’s a strong statement shade that’s surprisingly versatile, and works well as an accent or principal tone. I’ve already demonstrated how it can work well if you’re looking for a strong contrast in your wet zone. However, bigger blocks of black can also look fantastic. For example, pair a sink with a tap and worktop in this colour
and you’ll instantly create a sleek, seamless look. I’m a big fan of our Avel tap in Chromite black. We offer this style in a wide range of other shades too, including black steel, polished chrome, brushed nickel, blackened copper, stainless steel, gunmetal and copper. This variety gives you the chance to really experiment with colour and style in the kitchen.
Back to black
Chromite black has a unique mottled appearance that’s designed to emulate a rough stone surface. It’s powder-coated, so you’ll benefit from durability, and this design incorporates a satin finish. I love the metallic flecks, which really catch the light. And, to enhance this natural effect, I’d suggest pairing Chromite black with a Caple sink showcasing a granite finish.
How fabulous does our Avel Chromite black tap look paired with our Leesti LEE200AN double-bowl anthracite under-mount sink? Manufactured from Geotech, our advanced double-granite material, this sink is hardwearing, heat and burn-resistant. It’s easy to keep clean too.
Sometimes, I find the simplest wet-zone partnerships can be the most effective. A stainless-steel tap combined with a ceramic sink is a timeless way to introduce colour in the kitchen. This classic combination works well with neutrals, and won’t detract from any coloured cabinetry or accent colour ‘pops’.
Cool colour in the kitchen
We finish many of our ceramic sinks by hand which makes each model unique. Sizes may vary by + or -2%, so we recommend measuring the actual sink before installing, to ensure the perfect fit. Our Joya dual control tap features a gorgeous swan-neck design with two separate circular handles, featuring a striking diamond-cut effect. This model is also available in black steel, gold and copper finishes for more versatility.
This colour is definitely a strong contender for a style statement in kitchen interiors. Traditionally, a popular choice for farmhouse/rustic room schemes, it’s increasingly finding its way into contemporary settings, too. I find copper’s warmth visually appealing, but it’s also considered less intrusive than gold.
Crazy for copper
Our Joya 3in1 tap offers maximum versatility, in terms of both function and form. It supplies fresh cold, regular hot and filtered 98°C steaming water. You can even install the dial controls up to 110mm away from the spout, to give you more installation options.
Our Joya 3in1 tap – pictured here in copper – is also available in gold and stainless steel. It pairs wonderfully well with a classic white sink.
Where colour in the kitchen is concerned, grey has been one of the go-to shades in recent years. It’s practical, versatile and timeless, so it’s unsurprising that our gunmetal collection is going from strength to strength.
Shades of grey
A popular coloured tap option is our Harlo Puriti filter tap. Available in gunmetal, black steel, gold, copper and stainless steel, this stylish model easily removes impurities and scale to deliver great-tasting water for drinking and cooking. It scores in terms of sustainability and spending, too. Just one of its water filters could save you almost £4,000! That’s what it would cost to buy the equivalent 6,000 litres of water, it would produce, in regular plastic bottles.
Our Harlo Puriti filter tap, pictured here in gunmetal, showcases an elegant swan neck and is made from solid stainless steel.
Keeping it clean
It might not be as exciting as selecting them, but caring for your coloured sinks and taps is very important. There are lots of different product and methods available to keep your appliances clean. We also offer a range of gentle but effective cleaning products, specifically for sinks and taps. These help to remove dirt, discolouration and limescale deposits, without scratching or staining.
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