Contemporary, traditional, fun, elegant, even cutting-edge: These days you can find a vessel-style sink to fit virtually any bathroom décor. One of the newest trends in fixtures, vessel sinks are actually based on a centuries-old design: Chinese washbasins that were used in the days before running water.
In the simplest terms, a vessel sink is a free-standing sink that sits directly on the countertop or furniture on which it is mounted. Within that definition there’s a veritable fleet of vessels available in various shapes, sizes, depths and materials. Today, you can find vessel sinks made of cast iron, glass, natural stone such as marble, decorated vitreous china and even in select materials such as stainless steel and bronze.
No more matching
The traditional rules for choosing bathroom fixtures say that your sink, toilet and tub should be in the same color family and fashioned from the same or similar materials. With vessel sinks, those rules no longer apply. You want your vessel sink to coordinate with the other fixtures in the room, certainly, but you don’t need to match them.
It’s a good idea to decide whether you want a vessel sink before you start planning the plumbing in your new or remodeled bathroom. The type of sink you install will impact the placement of your pipes.
Vessel sinks also require a different counter height than most traditional bathroom sinks. Conventional recessed-bowl sinks sit at counter height, usually 32 to 36 inches above the floor, which is a comfortable height for most adults for brushing teeth and washing hands.
If the sink is designed to sit on top of the counter, however, it stands to reason that the counter height needs to be lower. Consider whether you want to lower all of the countertops in your bathroom or have counters of varying heights. The height of the bowl will help dictate how much lower you’ll need to go.
Another installation option is to mount your vessel sink on the wall with a bracket or install it on a piece of furniture designed expressly for a vessel sink.
Keep in mind that the vessel is likely to draw more attention than the countertop it sits on. They tend to be the focal point of the bathroom because they’re so beautiful, so it’s best to make the countertop secondary. Via
Bet you can find at least one vessel-style sink here to fit your bathroom décor because these are gorgeous!
Which is your favorite?