Matte Black Tapware - Pro's and Con's

September 26, 2017

2013 to 2018 are the year’s black bathroom tapware have been all the rage and does not seem to be letting up. What is the reason for this you might say, well besides the greater range we now have there is something about black tapware that can make a room pop!. Below is a list of the pros and cons of black tapware



The Pro's of Black Bathroom Tapware





We all know what black and white look like. We have either painted a wall or put the combo together in some form or the other in our homes. The reason is the color is versatile and it goes with almost all designs we have so it makes it easier to choose. All in all its different but familiar so that neutral color won't offend many If any.





The cost of black tap ware has plummeted over the last couple of years. That’s not to say the quality has dropped it's more the popularity has made the manufacturers and retailers order more and more. Unlike two years ago you were paying $500 + for a black mixer you are now looking as low as $80! That’s unreal in such a short period of time.





Black tapware has a wow factor. I personally love marble tiles and when you combine that with the black tapware it really sets off the look of classic and modern without being too extreme being it's subtle but masculine. This black shower combo used in a bathroom renovation in Willetton really pops against that white background. 



Cons of Black Tapware


The Reality 


Mostly all the cons revolve around the black part so I will put it into one. Black tapware will fade over a long period of time unless you take quite a lot of care when cleaning it this may not happen but feed back over time lets you believe that it can be an issue down the track. You could only really ever use warm water and lemon staying away from any heavy chemicals what so ever. It does also scratch a lot easier during the installation process where tools are flying about be careful as i have heard countless stories on one wrong move and bang a deep eye popping scratch.  Like any matt product you can notice marks more so you have to take care when kids are around. 





Like any trend, it may date. It's not really known how long it will last the test of time but compared to something like a brass or rose gold the black fitting will in my opinion date less over time.



Black can be overpowering if you use too much of it so it's important to treat it like any feature. I personally love the look of it but do worry in the wrong setting it may look out of place in a few years time. In Perth, the bathroom renovations we do in 2018 have a high percentage cof  black fittings so it definitely is picking up in popularity . Black tapware is high maintenance  and can have issues so its important to really take time to consider whether or not its for you.


Always be careful when renovating to look + look and look more at what you like as if you don’t like it before it goes in you won't love it once it is in. The bathroom renovation below from Kelmscott Western Australia went for black on black so you be the judge!


Its important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique and all products are different so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at


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