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The Bathroom Sink

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The Bathroom Sink

Available in a diverse range of shapes, sizes and finishes, the bathroom sink has more to offer than just a place to brush your teeth – it can be a stylish and practical addition to your dream bathroom design, writes April Davis.

Since its humble beginnings as a simple wash basin, the bathroom sink has become a modern marvel. From classic white porcelain designs to trendy metal or glass finishes, you’re truly spoilt for choice.

The abundant options make selecting the right bathroom sink more complex than you may realise, however, and with such a large range of styles and shapes at your disposal it’s important to consider which design is most suitable for you.

Before you make any buying decisions, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself. Will your whole family be using the sink, or just you? Will children need to access the sink, or only adults? What type of vanity top and cabinetry do you have, and, importantly, what style and finish will best complement your space?

Read on for Western Australia Home Design + Living’s useful tips on selecting the perfect sink for your bathroom.

The Very Beginning

Your new bathroom sink will most likely sit on top of a vanity or countertop and as such your lifestyle habits should play a large role in determining your sink and vanity choice. If your bathroom will be a high traffic area, durability will be the key. If it’s only an infrequently used powder room or guest bathroom, however, you can afford to be a little less concerned with your sink’s design and functionality.

Exposure to cleaning chemicals and personal care products can also affect your choice of a sink and surrounds. Laminate may be an affordable option, for example, but granite is hardier. Likewise, wood may be a stand-out aesthetically, but scrubbing off sticky residue or sprays from personal care items could result in the colour fading, or damage to the counter’s surface.

Finally, you will need to think about faucet positioning and styles. Basins can have one to three tap holes; however, if you want a basin with no tap holes, wall or hob tapware is an option.

A basin with one taphole will need a basin mixer, two tapholes will need a pillar tap and three tapholes will use traditional three-piece tapware. Although it may seem insignificant, your choice of tapware can change the functionality of your basin and complement – or detract from – your entire bathroom design. For example, wall tapware needs to be long enough to avoid spillage and central enough to avoid splashing.

Likewise, if you choose a small tap that sits too closely to the rim of your basin, washing your hands or face could prove difficult. Consistency of tapware selections in your basin, bath and shower will also create a streamlined design and avoid a mismatched look.

Simple Sophistication

As one of the more popular choices on the market, a self-rimming or drop-in sink is a simple and stylish design choice that can complement any interior. Installed directly into the vanity, the selfrimming design is made to fit flush against the surface of the vanity or countertop. Fitting into pre-cut openings on the countertop, a flared rim defines the sink’s edges and is raised slightly above the vanity’s surface.

This simple design is highly functional because the elevated rim helps control spills and protects the counter’s edge treatment. This type of sink also sits at counter height so is an appropriate choice if you have young children who may have difficulty reaching high surfaces. Because they’re easy to install, they’re also one of the most affordable options available and are perfect for a quick and easy bathroom makeover.

Clean Cut

Similar to the self-rimming design, undermount sinks are easy to clean and require little maintenance. Sitting underneath vanity level, undermount sinks create a streamlined minimalist look and go perfectly with contemporary bathrooms where less is more.

This design is also durable and less susceptible to wear and tear because the basin’s sides aren’t exposed to any bathroom activity.

Installation for undermount sinks is more complex than a self-rimming sink. A custom-shaped cavity needs to be cut into the countertop to accommodate the sink, which means it will only work with a sturdy countertop material, like granite. Undermount sinks are perfect for optimising your countertop space and are often more accessible for children.

Vessel For Style

Inspired by Chinese wash basins, vessel sinks mix traditional and contemporary design elements to create an elegant, cutting-edge bathroom feature. A vessel sink is a freestanding basin that sits directly on the countertop and can be made out of porcelain, natural stone, cast iron, glass, or materials such as stainless steel and bronze. Bowl depth varies, with sinks ranging from shallow to deep.

Something to keep in mind is pipe placement – choosing a vessel sink can impact where the pipes can be installed – and faucet positioning. You need to install your taps in a position where water flow won’t splash against the rim of the bowl – you want it to flow directly to the bottom.

Finally, you will need to consider your counter height. Most conventional sinks sit at counter height, usually 81cm–91cm above the floor; this is usually a comfortable height for washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Installing a lower vanity to accommodate the height of the vessel sink may be a worthwhile decision, especially if you or your family are short or if you have small children.

On A Pedestal

If you’re after a perennial design, you can’t look past a pedestal sink. When installing a pedestal sink, keep in mind that your wall foundations will need to be strong, as the bulk of the basin’s weight will be supported by the wall, not the pedestal. Attractive and streamlined, pedestal sinks come in many shapes and forms.

Although white vitreous china may come to mind, it’s possible to find sinks with translucent pedestals or square sinks with an apron front that will add a touch of rustic farmhouse charm to your space. Suitable in vintage- and moderninspired interiors, you really can’t go wrong with a pedestal sink.

Saving Space

Wall-mounted sinks are perfect for small bathrooms, especially if you live alone or in an apartment. Like the name suggests, a wall-mount basin is fixed directly to the wall with brackets.

These are not only ideal for saving space, but also for creating a minimalist look, although you might want to consider conceal plumbing to avoid the unsightly look of exposed pipes. This type of sink is usually ideal for small households as you won’t have the counter or cabinet space that you would have with conventional sink designs.

Whatever you decide, a carefully selected sink will be a practical addition to your bathroom, and the centre of your morning and evening routine for years to come.


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