In a bathroom, sinks have often been overlooked as a design element… Well, no longer, because sinks are no longer solely functional, for they have crossed over into the realm of decorative. Current offerings can enhance the aesthetics and offer some serious sophistication and style to your bathroom décor. Vessel sinks are all the rage in bathroom décor today and its cousin the trough sink is not a shabby alternative. If you are looking for one item that will instantly update your bath, a vessel sink or a trough will do it. There is a vessel sink or trough sink for every décor style and budget. No one needs to be left out. These sinks can be made from glass, stone, stainless steel, concrete, cast iron, copper, wood… etc. Glass sinks are effectively see-through and take up little or no visual space. This is a perfect option in a small space. I have even seen a vessel sink created from a galvanised basin, so the possibilities are endless. If you are handy, you can even make your sink out of existing items. Just make a hole in the bottom to receive the drain pipe.
Trough sinks are so called because they resemble just that... a trough. It is long and rectangular, but oval shapes are not uncommon. Because of its shape, one sink can accommodate two individuals in much less space than is needed for two separate sinks. You will need to use two faucets. Vessel sinks are reminiscent of the good old days before plumbing when a wash basin was used. While you can get vessel sinks that pay homage to its roots, most will give your space an updated look. Vessel sinks typically rest on (or are slightly set) into the countertop. For these, use higher faucets to allow adequate space above the rim of the sink. Consider wall mounted faucets. The style of the faucet should coordinate with that of the sink and the general décor of the bathroom.
What style of sink is best for you?
Well, vessel sinks are just about the easiest to replace, should you want to renovate. Trough style is space efficient. Even with the sink on the counter, there is normally more space around a vessel sink on the countertop. Look at your budget. What material fits your style? There are so many options available to you; you definitely do not have to settle for the regular porcelain sink. How the sink is staged is just as important as the sink. If your sink is in a powder room where storage is not as critical as in other full baths, pedestal cabinets, floating sinks, and other minimalist mounting options can be considered. This will give an uncluttered view and an illusion of more space. You can vary the counter heights to create interest. Mount a large statement mirror above the sink. Consider doing a full length ceiling to floor mirror. This will open up the space considerably and your bathroom will be more than just a place to do your daily routine.
Anne Moore Spencer