Vessel sinks are one of the hottest new trends in bathroom design – a simple change that makes a show stopping difference in the appearance of your bathroom. But not all vessel sinks are created equal, and not all of them look the same. In fact, choosing a unique-to-you vessel sink is a great way to show off your sense of style add your own personal flair to your bathroom. With so many materials, colors, and styles to choose from, a well-chosen vessel sink can be the signature piece in your bathroom, and can dress up even the most minimalist bathroom vanities.
Traditionally bathroom sinks are a relatively small part of your bathroom decor. After all, they’re typically partially or wholly hidden beneath your vanity top. But vessel sinks are up front and center, shapely and often colorful, which makes them a great way to showcase your own personal style. One of the most popular types of vessel sinks (and my own personal favorite, for what that tells you about my taste!) echo the overall bathroom design trend towards classic simplicity. These vessel sinks riff on the traditional ceramic, but with the bowl sitting on top of the vanity rather than underneath it. Modern European designers offer ceramic vessel sinks in all shapes, curvy and square, tall, flat, oblong, and asymmetrical, allowing you to choose a unique, arresting, and often highly modern shape in a simple traditional material and neutral color.
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Say It Loud Colors
That said, maybe the majority of vessel sinks are eye-catching in a very different way: they’re bright, bold, and very very colorful. Colorful vessel sinks are typically made of glass, sometimes in a single color, sometimes several swirled together, and sometimes with flecks of metallic material to give them a little shine. These are great for adding an unexpected pop of color to your bathroom, and because they often come in a standard size and shape (again, like a serving bowl), they can be simply and easily interchanged if you want to dress up your look. Whether your opt for clear glass, tortoise shell, flaming red, or even a solid midnight blue, colorful vessel sinks make a great statement piece and can noticeably dress up your space.
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Looking for a really wild style? Unfinished stone vessel sinks are totally unique, with a one of a kind natural shape and style, like a geode on the outside with a smooth, cleanly polished interior. The unfinished exterior adds great, rugged character while the polished inside keeps the sink looking sophisticated. Together, it makes for something that’s sure to catch some glances. If you don’t like the look of unfinished stone, you can also find polished stone vessel sinks, which are designed to bring out the natural veining and banding in the rock they’re made of, and again have a totally unique natural character.
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Painted On Personality
Some vessel sinks are more personalized than others, and I think painted sinks are among the most. With unique images that range from lily pads to penguins, bamboo leaves to butterflies, and everything in between, it’s simple to find a sink that rather directly relates to your personality and sense of style. Some are painted with abstract designs, but many tend to have a loose nature theme, like lotus flowers or water droplets on leaves, which add a bright point of color while meshing well with an (increasingly popular) natural or nature-inspired bathroom decor.
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You might not associate metal sinks with the bathroom – after all, stainless steel and copper are often reserved for the kitchen. But hand hammered copper and decorative brass, bronze, and steel sinks are gaining in popularity. These, too, make nice centerpieces for your bathroom vanity, adding a rustic, artisan flair you won’t get from many other materials. Metal is often more durable than china or glass, and copper especially comes with a whole host of benefits, from a natural patina that develops with age to natural antibacterial properties, that make it both a beautiful and a practical choice for your bathroom.
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Old Fashioned Finery
Ceramic vessel sinks might be a hot new trend in modern design. But porcelain and vitreous china are about as traditional as you get when it comes to most bathroom fixtures. Which is why it isn’t entirely surprising that you’re starting to see vessel sinks designed after (really) old fashioned fixtures – all the way back to traditional washbasins. If you have a historical home or just an antique-based design, these sinks are a great way to add authentic antique charm. Herbeau in particular specializes in sinks hand painted with designs popular in France in the 1700s, making this type of sink a great contemporary twist on an impressively historically accurate French country bathroom design.
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No matter what style you choose, vessel sinks are a great way to showcase your personality, and easily and inexpensively add character and flair to your bathroom – just don’t forget, you’ll need a vessel sink faucet to go with it! Which type of vessel sink best suits your style?