I grew up in a house built in the early 60’s. It was sublime. It was designed and contracted by my Dad. The guest bath sinks were baby blue, the commode was the same color and was attached to the wall and not the floor. The entire room was bathed in baby blue and tan mosaic accented with black. It was chic and glorious.
When it comes to bathroom sinks, the sky’s the limit! Stainless steel, gold leaf, glass, stone, vitreous china, composite; there are so many options.
Although nearly a separate element, the lav sink is integral to the overall design and appeal of the bathroom be it, powder, guest or master. When selecting various fixtures bear in mind line, shape and color. When I am working on a bathroom project (or any project) I am always am aware that no decision is important unto itself; each selection as such is made so that it is harmonious with the line, style and color of other elements within the room. Outside of color, finish and texture, curvy, sinuous lines are met with more curvy sinuous lines in other elements as noted here to the right; curvy vessel style sink, sinuous lav filler, round shape of the tankless commode
Nearly every time I am asked to design a master bath I am asked to incorporate a vessel sink. I am big fan of the vessel sink as often is my client. The caveat however is that as striking and architectural this style of sink is, it isn’t as functional as an undermount sink might otherwise be. Let’s face it, the function of a well designed bathroom is to provide a place to clean up, get ready for the day and perform all those personal hygiene tasks that modern living requires. Simply swiping water that has splashed while using the lav, the errant hair or other various other debris that might find its way onto the vanity is much easier than trying to negotiate such items into a sink who’s rim is above the vanity surface.
What about the pedestal sink? As dated as this throwback to the 40’s is, there are many terrific pedestal sink options on the market. A pedestal sink can be an excellent choice when freeing up the footprint of the room is required. Remember however when selecting a pedestal sink you want to make sure that your choice is appropriate to the space and your overall design concept. Most importantly you need to make sure that the storage needs for the room have been addressed.
The bathroom, whether powder, guest or master is the place where we get ready for the world. It’s a place where we transform ourselves. Whether early morning, midday or late night, we stand at the sink to transition in one way or another. Let that sink in!