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On Trend: The Elegance, Nostalgia, and Versatility of Vessel Sinks

Recently on the blog we’ve been talking a lot about bathrooms, including how to give your space a more traditional or contemporary look, depending on which way you want to lean. This brings me today’s topic–vessel sinks. A fashionable, fairly lower-cost way to customize to your decor. With numerous choices and styles, you are sure to find something that fits your budget and lifestyle, and helps ratchet your bathroom’s style up another notch. The vessel sink may strike you as a feature you only come across in hotel and restaurant bathrooms, but a glance through any recent trends in home improvement will show that isn’t the case at all. 

The classic vessel sink is based off old-fashioned wash basins. (By Landmark Builders)
The classic vessel sink is based off old-fashioned wash basins. (By Landmark Builders)

A vessel sink is generally a catch-all term for any sort of sink that rests on top of a counter or vanity, rather than being set into it. The initial inspiration behind them is a vintage throwback to the era before indoor plumbing, when all ablutions would be performed with a basin and a pitcher. So if you are trying to achieve a more traditional motif, a vessel sink would be a great choice. Of course, today you would definitely want a faucet to go with it, which can be mounted on the wall, counter, or even on the sink itself, depending on the style.  

Vessel sinks come in all sorts of materials and styles. (By Jan Gunn Interior Architecture and Design)
Vessel sinks come in all sorts of materials and styles. (By Jan Gunn Interior Architecture and Design)

There are countless different materials to choose from with vessel sinks–ceramic, porcelain, glass, and stone, to name a few. In fact, this has become such a prevalent trend that even if you are going for a very specific theme (like in the photograph above) you can probably find a vessel sink to match it without much trouble.

 

 

Tempered Glass ZA-107-1, by Legion Furniture
Tempered Glass ZA-107-1, by Legion Furniture

Speaking of great and diverse options for vessel sinks, Legion Furniture has a particularly cool selection. Their sinks are especially designed to be paired with bathroom vanities, which don’t always come with a sink or a space for a sink to be installed. Legion’s selection runs the gamut from the pattern above, to marble-tones, to faux-shattered glass, to watercolor paintings. I like Legion’s choices for the reasonable prices, the diverse types of patterns, and for the very clean, simple shapes. Any of these could fit quite comfortably into a variety of different style bathrooms.

 

Vanities and counters are both excellent spots for a vessel sink. (By Xstyles Bath and More)
Vanities and counters are both excellent spots for a vessel sink. (By Xstyles Bath and More)

Vessel sinks don’t need to be limited to a simple bowl shape, either. There are some that resemble bird baths or troughs, or even cauldrons. I’ve seen some that wouldn’t look out of place in a witch’s house. I especially like what the designer has done in the photo above, having the shape of the sink echoed in the oblong light fixtures and makeup plate. They went for a motif of warm rectangles, and the sink fits in nicely. And honestly these sorts of sinks don’t need to be limited to a bathroom. They could look great in a kitchen or a bar, especially if you tend to do less cooking than the average person, and therefore find yourself washing fewer dishes. 

As you may have noticed, I think vessel sinks are really cool and trendy, and a great way to inject some personality into your bathroom. Over the course of writing this post, I may have even convinced a family member to have one installed. Hopefully I’ve helped to convince you as well!