Keeping our customers abreast of the latest product trends is a key part of what we do at JP. We select our suppliers and manufacturing partners as specialists in their product group to bring you the very latest designs.
Abode is a true specialist in kitchen and bathroom taps, sinks and showering products. They design all their products in-house in Barnsley, Yorkshire and they’ve grown to be a major player in the industry since they began in 2002.
For our September blog we asked their Marketing Manager, Leanne Adamson to tell us about the latest trends specifically in Kitchen Taps and what we should now be planning in to our customers kitchens.
It’s been an exciting few years in the world of kitchen taps. There has been an expansion in the number of coloured finishes available. Industrial styling is coming through in many of the very latest designs. Filtered water taps are increasing in popularity, as part of the drive to reduce plastic waste and the hot water tap is becoming a ‘must have’ appliance in a new kitchen. So there has been a lot to keep abreast of, let’s explore each area….
An explosion in colour finishes
Up until five years ago, chrome was without doubt the dominant finish for a kitchen tap. We then saw the introduction of brushed nickel, a revelation in that it offered a brushed satin finish and was a better match for the most popular kitchen sink finish, stainless-steel and many kitchen appliances. But wind forward to 2019 and there’s now a plethora of kitchen tap finishes for the consumer to choose from enabling them to pair with other appliances, lighting and accessories. We think it’s given the tap a new level of importance in the kitchen and one that’s overdue since it’s probably the most used appliance within the kitchen and is usually positioned centre stage.
For example, within the Abode range we have taps in Brushed Brass, Antique Brass, Matt Black, Graphite, Urban Copper, Rose Gold, Stainless Steel and some designs in a mix of finishes, like Brushed Nickel or Chrome combined with Black.
The trend for industrial style is back and it’s transforming most areas in the home. We’ve seen different shades of grey become the standard canvas in wall paints, there’s been a growth in upcycled furniture, black framed open shelving and a rise in concrete floors, worktops and wall finishes. The old metal banded Crittallâ styled glass, prevalent in industrial premises in the 1920’s, has also made a come-back in modern window frames, room dividers and even shower enclosures. So, it’s no surprise that products for the kitchen have been included in this trend with rustic wood styled cabinetry and vintage industrial pendant lights being displayed in abundance.
Taps are perhaps one of the newcomers to this trend. At Abode we launched our Hex collection of kitchen taps to great applause from retailers last year and the range has very quickly become one of our most popular designs. The range includes nut-shaped detailing on the spout and anti-splash aerator, knurling on the end of the spout of the pull-out option and a distinctive mechanical styled handle across all models. It offers industrial styling but with all the latest functionality you’ve come to expect today from a quality kitchen tap collection.
Filtered water taps
They may have been around for years, but the demand for them has never been higher and it’s all for the right reasons. The drive to reduce plastic waste has seen a resurgence in sales of the filter water tap, especially from retailers that are considering the opportunity and planning them into their new kitchen designs. As we are all encouraged to drink the recommended 8 pints of water a day and from reusable bottles to reduce our plastic consumption, having filter water on tap in our own kitchen is a really attractive alternative to many and an easier sell for retailers in the current climate. It’s also a great idea to install one in your showroom to encourage your colleagues to drink more water!
At Abode we have 10 different Aquifier Water Filter tap models to choose from in a number of designs and finishes. We’ve also invented ‘Swich’ which allows you to convert any kitchen tap to supply filtered water and it can be installed three different ways for complete flexibility. We also have some attractive display deals for retailers to show our wares.
Steaming hot water taps
Finally, the biggest trend in kitchen taps, those that dispense steaming hot water for the speedy making of hot drinks, pan filling and sterilising. It is the latest ‘must have’ appliance for the kitchen, keeping worktops free from the clutter of kettles and also contributing to the saving of water.
They come with safety as a key part of the design so that small children are unable to activate the steaming hot water function and unlike early models, the designs are really slim-line and spouts cleverly created to be cool to the touch.
There are now many models to choose from and many different price points. There are those that simply dispense hot water and those that offer a number of other functions. At Abode we offer hot water dispensers, 3 IN 1 taps offering hot and cold plus steaming hot water and a range of 4 IN 1 taps which has the addition of cold filtered water too. We call our collection of steaming hot tap options ‘Pronteau’ . and we chose a maximum boiler storage temperature of 98° to ensure the safety requirements are met in order to gain WRAS approval, fall in line with Part G of the Building Regulations and to ensure our products are splutter free when the steaming hot water exits the spout. Not only are the products in our Pronteau collection safe and functional, they are design leading. We ensure our products look the part as well as perform, there are a range of finishes and designs to choose from across our collection, ensuring there is no need to compromise on style to inject function into the space.
Thanks to Leanne for a great update. If you’d like more information on the Abode collection, visit their website at abodedesigns.co.uk or call them on 01226-283434.