Chrome is consistently the most popular metal for taps and other bathroom finishes but there’s more to this versatile little element than taps and sinks.

Chrome became popular in the early 1920s when it was discovered that it can be combined with base metals, therefore harnessing its anti-rust properties and the chrome tap was born.

Due to its high shine it flourished during the Art Deco movement as chrome and chrome-plating became widespread.

Today, chrome’s popularity continues with increasingly decorative furniture and accessories giving the metal a new lease of life.

This Art Deco inspiration has been given a new twist with products such as the Archer collection of delicate floral lights comprised of curved chrome stems and glass flowers.

Whether your look is functional and utilitarian, minimalist chic or high shine luxury, chrome has a place in your home.

This Moon Rise and Fall pendant light with its matt chrome finish and opal glass shade is perfect for bringing a touch of retro glamour to your kitchen or dining room, while the Metal Complete table lamp is chrome head to toe for a striking look.

Continue the retro look with this Newgate small chrome Barbican clock, a station-style clock with distinctive black hands and numerals.

Larger pieces of chrome furniture, such as tables and chairs always look modern and stylish but too much chrome in one room can look a little bit harsh and cold, so soften the look with soft furnishings in a variety of textures – we love these fun Pebble cushions in juicy berry shades.

A chrome curtain pole like the Neo Chrome range offers sleek design and lets your curtains do the talking. They work particularly well with dramatic curtains such as the Vogue Aubergine.


The Glacier circular dining table, with its chrome base and white glass top is a compact dining table that’s big on style, particularly when paired with the Jam dining chairs.

And you can create a contemporary dining experience with the Clarke black leather and chrome barstools.

Finally, chrome has excellent anti-rusting properties, hence its use in taps, so chrome bathroom accessories – such as the Sonata floor standing toilet roll holder – are both practical and will complement your bathroom suite.

Fishpools is located on the High Street in Waltham Cross and boasts 200 room sets for bedroom, dining and living along with home accessories, gifts and cook and dine departments and a pictures and mirrors gallery, so you’re bound to find inspiration. Plus there’s a great in-store coffee shop and ample customer parking.

For more ideas visit Fishpools, or look online at where you can now browse and buy from the comfort of your own home.