How Chrome Taps & Nickel Taps can bring function and style to your kitchen.
As with bathrooms, chrome, nickel, and steel are by far the most popular finishes when it comes to kitchen hardware. If silver-toned hardware and appliances have grabbed your attention, you’re not alone.
Whether you have a contemporary or traditional kitchen design, each of our silver-toned taps could revolutionise the heart of the home.
While each finish can look nearly identical, there are differences. Understanding these subtle differences will help you choose the perfect material for your kitchen.
If you have an older home or want a warmer tone that feels timeless in your kitchen, opt for nickel – beautiful and classic.
Nickel is a highly versatile material and comes in various tones to suit even the most outlandish kitchens. Nickel hardware tends to come in high polish, satin finishes but is also available in stylish, weathered antique-looking finishes.
While homeowners love nickel for its warm tones, it can also morph into intriguing, textural kitchen designs – the options really are endless.
Those of our readers that want to create a sophisticated look with retro appeal should go for chrome.
Most chrome kitchen cabinets have a polished surface that resembles a mirror. However, there are chrome finishes such as satin and brushed chrome that provides a more matte look.
Although chrome is a little more demanding than stainless steel, high-quality chrome is rust-resistant, making it a practical choice for homeowners that plan to keep their kitchens for several years.
In fact, the only complaint we tend to hear about chrome is that it reveals fingerprints and scratches. If that’s a pet peeve of yours, opt for stainless steel or nickel.
Nonetheless, chrome pairs beautifully with lighter colour palettes and neutral cabinetry, making it a prime choice for homeowners aspiring for a contemporary kitchen feel.
Stainless steel is beautiful as it is tough, so if durability sits at the top of your priority list, stainless steel could be the perfect option for you.
Stainless steel is notorious for its ease of care as it resists:
What’s it made of? Stainless steel is a solid metal alloy composed of chromium, nickel or both. It’s often associated with door handles, taps and sinks, with the only drawback being the limited finish options.
Are you still unsure about what finish to include in your kitchen? Then, why not become a master of the mix!
Mixing finishes and tones in your kitchen allow homeowners to create a space that is uniquely their own. From kitchen accessories to appliances, we’re going to help you achieve the perfect silver-toned look in your kitchen with design inspiration and style tips that are guaranteed to make the heart of your home the envy of friends and family.
Silver is a colour associated with luxury, and its versatility makes it a premium choice for both modern and traditional kitchen styles.
Whether you want to accentuate your kitchen with silver appliances or add accents by way of cabinet handles and a stylish boiling water tap, any kitchen with silvery accents looks beautiful.
You could also create a more sultry, contemporary feel by incorporating two-toned decor – a great idea if you regularly entertain guests. Suppose you’re after a more subdued tone, pair silver with grey and neutral colours, which will complement any modern kitchen design.
Alternatively, stick to classic finishes such as stainless steel to create a vintage vibe or combine with wood appliances for a rustic kitchen look.
So, we’ve established that there are several different ways to utilise silver in your kitchen, but where do you start?
When it comes to kitchen taps, the options are vast: dual handle, single handle, pull-down, high arc or the more permanent hot water tap, to name a few.
Not only is it one of the most fundamental elements of the kitchen, but it can elevate the overall appearance of the space, so it’s essential to choose the right finish.
A chrome tap captures and reflects light in intriguing ways, which could help create space and airy ambience in smaller kitchens or those that lack natural light. Nickel taps are also increasing in popularity due to the touch of class they add to the kitchen; pair these faucets with neutral colours to help maintain a modern look.
Kitchen decor and hardware is important, but what sets the mood? Lighting.
Homeowners appear to be moving away from the more traditional built-in kitchen lights in favour of stainless steel pendant lights, glass table lamps and chrome lanterns to illuminate kitchen islands, dining tables and cooking spaces.
If you want to make your home look more expensive, chrome and nickel light fixtures could help elegantly transform the space.
Defined by its shimmering metals in polished, satin, satin matt or dual finishes, chrome finishes are a popular option for kitchen fittings. In addition, chrome cabinet handles come in various designs, creating the perfect high-quality finish for kitchen cabinets, doors, and drawers.
Why not mix metals and create a unique look in your kitchen? No rule states your home has to match, and mixing metals can add depth and character to your kitchen.
Although deciding on the right combination of metals might be daunting, there’s no perfect formula for mixing metals correctly – have fun with it. However, we have a few tips to help you mix metals successfully:
Unlike chrome and stainless steel, nickel has a warmer undertone, so be careful when mixing cool tones with warm tones to avoid clashing. If you want to pair stainless steel with nickel, consider opting for brushed stainless steel, which will mute the metal.
If you want a glamorous look, combine stainless steel with chrome, but err on the side of matte metals if that’s not your intent.
In recent years, stainless steel bar chairs have become a prominent feature in kitchens and even restaurants, with the brushed finish giving the metal a muted, classy look.
You can now get designs that combine stainless steel with luxury material – retro with modernity to create a throwback piece that not only complements your interior but makes people smile.
Stainless steel bar chairs are a great, comfortable addition to the breakfast bar and are suitable for a variety of interiors.
While wood is durable, it tends to crack after being used multiple times, and plastic is never reliable if you cook at high temperatures. If you’re looking for something durable but versatile, look no further than metal kitchen accessories, which are aesthetic and easy to clean.
Stainless steel is an appreciated addition to any kitchen and looks lovely against darker colours and tones in the kitchen, making your shelves look bright and shiny. Almost all kitchen essentials come in stainless steel, from pots and pans to sieves and something as simple as cutlery.
If you want your kitchen to look modern, sleek and stylish, then metal is your go-to option; it’s also a reasonably inexpensive way to add silver to your kitchen.
Popular options include stainless steel toasters, oven hoods, microwaves and pots and pans. However, if you want a more classy feel, incorporate nickel kitchen appliances, which look great against tiled backsplashes, marble countertops and white decor.
At Fahren UK, we have a range of silver boiling water taps to help you achieve whatever design you have in mind for the heart of the home.
Fancy another colour? We also have instant hot water taps in the following colours: