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Pour On Design Appeal With Bathroom Vessel Sinks

Updated on June 13, 2012
Blue vessel sink.
Blue vessel sink. | Source

Vessel Sinks

Besides the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the best rooms to get back or increase the value from what you invest in remodeling. An item that can make a huge design statement is of course a vessel sink vanity.

Bathroom remodeling shouldn't simply be replacing outdated, ordinary fixtures with new, ordinary fixtures. Interesting details are what make a bathroom stand out and in turn create more value. Looking more closely at bath vanities can make a difference between spec home boring and a true spa like atmosphere.

Not only is a vessel sink extraordinary, but you also get many design choices that can be incorporated into any design style. Vessel sinks can be made of copper, granite, glass or stone. They come in all shapes and sizes, from round or square to abstract. Each one is truly a work of art.  Keep in mind that you will want to coordinate your faucet choice with the type of sink you choose, a rustic sink might pair well with an oil rubbed bronze faucet, and so on.  Faucet fixtures will either be tall and can be placed behind the sink or offset to one side or the fixtures will come out of the wall.  The tall version is probably easier for a remodel.

Vessel sinks typically set on top of a bathroom vanity, but any surface can be used. You just need to cut a hole for the drain pipe. I used an antique desk vanity as the surface in one of my bathrooms. I wanted an old rustic look in our cabin so combining the antique vanity with a plain white porcelain vessel sink was just the ticket - especially paired with an antique looking fixture.. Depending on your bathroom style, there is a perfect material and look for you. I have highlighted several different sinks that would be a great addition to any bathroom.

Copper Vessel Sinks

Copper vessel sinks are such a beautiful work of art. They go well in bathrooms done in natural earthy tones. The patinas tend to change over time making them even more beautiful as time goes on. Each of these sinks has it's own unique design features. With copper, I like to see the sink paired with an oil rubbed bronze faucet finish and a warm wood tone for the vanity.  I've also seen black vanity tops under a copper sink which looks quite striking.

The sink with the overlay is hammered by hand by artisans in Mexico. Each sink is unique with it's own coloring and character.

The square vessel sink is a weathered copper giving it a rustic appeal and Old World Charm. This one would be ideal in a lodge home bathroom.

Granite Vessel Sinks

Granite vessel sinks would go well with either traditional or modern décor. You can also get granite in a wide range of colors to coordinate with your design scheme. This sink is solid black granite in a 20" by 16" by 6" high oval bowl. Both the interior and exterior are smooth finishes for a sleek and edgy beautiful design. It is quite masculine and bold making a strong statement that would contrast well with any vanity.

Stone Vessel Sinks

Stone vessel sinks make for the ultimate in style and durability. The featured sink is crafted out of a single piece of natural travertine limestone. This type of stone often forms near hot, bubbly, mineral rich springs. The gas bubbles which become trapped during formation create a pitted surface on the stone which are often filled with an epoxy or dust resin.

With a polished finish inside, the travertine makes a beautiful spa like statement. This look is very soothing and serene and would do well in a natural design.

This particular sink would look beautiful on a painted cream vanity with a honey brown glazing effect to make it look vintage and warm. especially if the vanity has ridges to pick up the glaze.

Tempered Glass Vessel Sink

This European design vessel sink will transform your bathroom into a luxurious retreat. The multi-tone pattern of gold, red and brown colors is a stately piece of art designed for modern interior taste.  I would put this sink on a black metal vessel sink stand.  It would be great in a small bathroom or powder room.

Glass Vessel Sinks

Glass vessel sinks are probably the most versatile and elegant. The clear color and basic design allow it to blend with any type of décor. Glass, by it's nature, just looks clean and refreshing making it perfect for any bathroom.

If you prefer a sink that looks a little more solid then you may opt for a frosted glass style versus the clear glass.


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      kimboy9-9 6 years ago

      The gas bubbles which become trapped during formation create a pitted surface on the stone which are often filled with an epoxy or dust resin...................Good Artical

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      amybradley77 7 years ago

      I'm really loving these sinks, so much and hope one day to have one in the bathroom of my dreams!!! Thanks again for sharing all this fabulous stuff. A.B.

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      Ambition398 8 years ago

      These are so cool but you definitely need the right kind of bathroom for them to look good.