Bathroom sinks are available in a dizzying range of styles. Not that we’re complaining. If you’re like us, you love that feeling of being a kid in a candy store. But unlike sweets, which are inexpensive and consumed quickly, once you buy a sink, it will stay in your bathroom for a while. So you need to think much more about your choice. It’s easy to get distracted by the most fashionable bathroom styles, but it’s also important to take functionality into account.
Freshome has already shared the recent trends in faucets, as well as the 2019 trends in bathroom technology. Below you will find some tips to understand the different styles of washbasins and types of installation. We will also look at how each type would work in your home.
“The challenge is to choose a sink that is both beautiful and appropriate,” says Leah Tuttleman, ASAE certified designer at Re-Bath. “The shape of the sink can be based on personal preferences or space considerations.”
Sinks under the body
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), underbody (or underbody) sinks are the most popular sink installation. “A substructure sink is attached to the countertop or above the vanity below the surface,” says Tuttleman. “There is no edge on the path, which allows you to sweep the water directly into the sink,” she says. And that makes it easy to clean and keep clean. In addition, a built-in sink does not take up valuable space on the countertop, like styles that sit on the countertop.
Tuttleman usually chooses a profiled rectangular or oval option. However, she notes one drawback. “Once installed, it is unlikely that it can be removed for future renovation,” warns Tuttleman.
According to Erin Davis, chief designer at Mosaik Design & Remodeling, choosing the right sink for your space depends on the function, the area of use, and the aesthetics. “Most people want a substructure sink because of the ease of cleaning and because it is the cleanest application.”
Tuttleman says that built-in sinks are easy to install. This is thanks to their edge or lip resting on the surface of the countertop. “They are often the choice of do-it-yourself homeowners because they can simply be lowered into the designated recess of the countertop.”
Built-in sinks are available in materials such as stainless steel, porcelain or granite. Sometimes built-in sinks offer significant cost savings, which makes them a common feature in utility rooms.
“There are many types of built-in or ‘sit-on-top’ sinks that can be installed if you want to increase the height of your sink without changing the countertop,” Davis says. “These offer interesting profiles and can provide a pleasant focal point.”
“A lot of people choose a wall-mounted sink because of its clean appearance,” says Tuttleman. She adds that they offer a clutter-free look that is both modern and utilitarian. “When you put something on the wall, it looks more like a sculpture, because the tile around it, the color and the shape are all part of the composition.”
As a result, she warns that you need to keep your articulation lines perfectly aligned with the tap so that everything remains centered. “I recommend that you work with your plumber and designer to place the faucet about eight to ten centimeters above the sink and far enough into the sink so that you can wash your hands without splashing,” says Tuttleman.
Davis notes that wall-mounted sinks are very popular in commercial spaces because they can be placed at any height, making them easily ADA compliant. “It’s also a great space saver in a small bathroom,” she adds. This allows you to free up floor space for storage or other needs.
Sinks are not as common as other types of sinks. However, these countertop sinks are available in styles such as frame square, barrel round, contour round, or rectangular. “Unique materials such as stone, glass, porcelain, and copper give these sinks their own unique statement,” says Tuttleman.
Eric Moore, the senior interior designer at Kohler, tells Freshome that ship sinks are a popular choice for powder rooms, but can be used anywhere. “A ship’s sink is a beautiful focal point and a statement in the space,” Moore says.
Pedestal sinks can add elegance to any bathroom. “They’re ideal for a small space or a powder room that doesn’t need storage space,” Moore says. “Pedestal sinks feature a generous bowl size, but depending on the style, they may or may not have enough space on deck for hand soap and essential toiletries.”
Although they come in a variety of styles, Moore says pedestal sinks are often used to create a traditional classic look. They go well with freestanding bathtubs.
“A console table is an attractive and practical bathroom solution with a rail for towels,” says Moore. “It has a feeling of light and openness.”And it can give the impression that a small room is bigger. In the photo above, the console legs are made of durable solid brass.