The new trend in bathrooms is vessel sinks, and with good reason. Rather than the bathroom sinks of old, encased in a cabinet, vessel sinks are free-standing. Thus, all sides of the sink are decorated so that the entire object is ornamental. This sink sits directly upon a piece of furniture or the countertop in the bathroom. But these sinks come in a wide array of styles so that whatever the style of your lavatory—traditional, cutting-edge, whimsical, elegant, or contemporary—there are vessel sinks to fit your vision.
Because vessel sinks build upon a centuries-old conception of bathroom function: the Chinese wash basin, these sinks have a timelessness and elegance to them. As a matter of fact, a lot of people credit the advent of the vessel sink in home trends to the bathrooms in sushi bars. People kept seeing them in that sleek Japanese décor and just fell in love.
You can find these sinks in nearly any material you can imagine. From cast iron to stainless steel, you can find your perfect bathroom complement. Perhaps you have been dreaming of a marble bathroom sink, you can have it. But you could also do china, glass, bronze, or even stone. There are even vessel sinks in gold, pewter, and nickel.
This new trend has started another trend: not matching. Remember the days when your tub, toilet and bathroom sink all had to match—even when they were all harvest gold or avocado? Those days are gone. While you will probably coordinate your vessel sink to the rest of your bath, the style now is for your vessel sink to not match. If you have a standard tub and toilet, a non-matching vessel sink is all the more vogue.
There are some things to consider, however, if you want a vessel sink. These fixtures require different plumbing, different counter height, and faucets. The counter height will be lower because the vessel sink will sit on a piece of furniture. The height of the vessel bowl itself and whether or not it will be recessed into the furniture will determine your counter height. Recessed vessel sink installation does provide enhanced stability. However, many people prefer their vessel sink to rest on top of the furniture because it makes such a statement. Your faucet must hit the bowl in the right position. If the faucet does not hit at precisely the bottom of the bowl, you will have splashing and splash back. This means the faucet will need a long neck so it can reach to the center of your vessel sink. So, the sooner you make the decision regarding whether to go with a vessel sink or not, the better.
A lot of people are updating their older homes with vessel sinks replacing their outdated bathroom sinks and new, long neck faucets to complement the new look. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to bring your tired bathroom into the modern age. Although vessel sinks were originally high end when they hit the scene, they are quickly gaining popularity and are expected to become a standard. Like any new, modern twist or technology, their price has dropped significantly.
Another modern edge to the vessel sink is that they can be changed out more easily than the old timey bathroom sinks we’re used to. Because vessel sinks are not stuck in place, encased in a cabinet, but rather simply sitting on the counter, they can be replaced should the mood strike you—or the next homeowner. For the throwaway world we live in, it doesn’t get much more modern than that: disposability. If you want to take your old bathroom into the new millennium, you can find vessel sinks and faucets to harmonize in every conceivable design and material.