I’m sure you’d agree with me when I say the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home. This is true especially nowadays when its role in relaxation began to increase, to the point of people turning their bathrooms into personal spas where they can unwind after a stressful day.
Showers are energising but I wouldn’t change the hot bath benefits for anything because when I get into the tub and soak up in the water, I forget about the rest of the world for a while.
As I leave worries behind and put everything on hold for at least half an hour, I feel refreshed and rejuvenated afterwards, so it’s no surprise I’ve come to love my bathtub. Still, who would’ve thought I’d spend a great deal of time taking my pick from the wide selection of bathtubs, and various models in the bath spout range!
Though prior to the shopping I didn’t much take spouts in consideration, I’ve come to understand they have their role in the bathtub’s functionality and aesthetics, same as the rest of the tapware. If you feel confused when choosing the adequate spouts, read along and hopefully, you’d get the info necessary to help you out with your choice when you finally get to do the shopping!
The Types of Spouts
There are three types of bathtub spout models you can find: wall-mounted, hob mounted and floor mounted.
Wall Mounted – If you have a smaller bathroom and would like to save up some floor and bath space, this model is for you!
I have one of these and what I’ve come to love about them is the flexibility they provide in terms of installation height, as well as how easy it is to keep them clean which is what modern-day busy people like me highly appreciate in bathroom fixtures. Not to mention, you’ve also got the chance to choose from different shapes, such as waterfall, round and square.
Though I like the sleek appeal of the square, and the classic look the round provides, I bought the waterfall because of the sense of calm it offers which was what I wanted primarily when turning my bathroom into an oasis.
Hob Mounted – This is the model of bath spout that’s installed around the edges of your bathtub and is available in waterfall and round shapes, and the choice of one or two handles comes down to your preference. What you may find as a drawback is a slight difficulty with cleaning since there are going to be some hard to reach spots under the spout.
Floor Mounted – If you’re up for a true work of art that would stand out in your bathroom, then this is the one you should go for. More so if you’d like to also use accessories such as hand shower units perfect for allowing you to have more flexibility with rinsing shampoo and body wash easily. As it’s installed on the floor and connects to the bathtub, you’ve got more freedom with where you decide to install it, on which side or end, and it’s a piece of cake when it comes to cleaning.
It’s not only important that you make your choice based on the design, you should pay attention to the style as well, having in mind it’s crucial for the style of the bathroom as a whole.
If you don’t want to get an eyesore, think of matching the bathtub spout style with that of other bits and pieces you have of furniture and accessories. For instance, if your bathroom is on the classier side, you may want to look for a vintage replica instead of opting for something modern and sleek which works best with minimalist designs.
When you want to get quality, you ought to take the materials into account. Sure, you might get to spend more initially but quality means you won’t have to spend again that soon on repairs and replacements. You should look further than plastic in case you want to get the kind of spout that’s going to last you a long time, which is what you get from stainless steel, brass and zinc alloy constructions.
Another aesthetic aspect, the finish of the spout can make a world of difference for the interior décor of the room. For a more seamless outcome, you should combine it with that of the rest of the hardware, in the example of towel racks, paper holders, and cabinet knobs. From the classy gold, vintage brass and usual polished chrome, to the modern matte black, you’ve got a vast array of options.
Then again, if you aren’t up for a matched look, don’t be afraid to mix different finishes – it’s a trendy tendency after all! Black matte goes well with any other finish you can think of, whereas if you’d like to go even bolder, feel free pair up to three in the example of gold, brass and nickel.