5 Design Tips for Vessels

I don’t know if you realized quite just how long Vessels have been around, but they date back centuries to the Chinese washbasins that were used before there was “running water”.  It’s true that Vessel Sinks have evolved but they also continue to certainly create a presence in the bathroom to present day…..don’t you agree?

Easily stated, a vessel sink is a free-standing sink that sits on top of a countertop or furniture on which it is mounted, so there are freedoms that apply to your choices in size, shape and materials.

Vessel sinks are handsome, fun, eclectic, traditional, unique, elegant, contemporary……the options are really endless with a design to fit your design needs.  AND you can certainly have a little more fun with a vessel sink, in that it’s not necessary to be “matchy, matchy” with its color or look.  In other words, if you have a white tub and toilet, you don’t have to go white with your vessel sink.  The traditional rule doesn’t apply here.
THANK Goodness!

However, I feel that the vessel sink really finds its place best in the Powder Room.  Because of the nature in the vessel sink and its popularity in “living a little on the edge”, the Powder Room is the natural location for having a little fun!
Here’s what you should remember about incorporating a vessel sink in your interior:

1.  ou need to decide ahead of time if you are doing a vessel sink for plumbing and pipe needs, because it does have different needs.

2.  The countertop or furniture piece needs to be sized correctly in that the height of a vessel sink will be higher than a drop in sink or under mount sink height (which is usually around 32” to 36”).  A sink needs to be a comfortable height for shaving or teeth brushing so therefore, a Powder Room is a “go to” choice because its primary use there is just hand washing.

3.  Faucet placement is a key element to keep splashing down but also for the water to flow into the sink properly.  A wall placement or tall “neck” faucet mount is usually required to meet the special needs of a vessel sink with the placement working properly.

4.  The choices are endless depending on your design needs with the sinks and with the application.  You may have a stand, a countertop, or a piece of furniture.  And the surface choices are personal as well.  Find one that “speaks” to you!

5.  Vessel sinks have been around for centuries and will not feel dated in your interior.

This stone vessel sink could be a dynamic and outstanding focal point in the bathroom.... traditional or contemporary!

This metallic material for the vessel and fixtures give this sink a very sleek contemporary feel but it would also be dynamic mounted on top of an antique piece of furniture for a transitional look.  Note the height of the fixtures...

This metallic material for the vessel and fixtures give this sink a very sleek contemporary feel but it would also be dynamic mounted on top of an antique piece of furniture for a transitional look. Note the height of the fixtures...

Beautiful blue seeded glass sets the tone for this beautiful vessel sink....

A vessel sink can also be used with a stand, if not mounted on top of a surface area.

This glass vessel sink has an intricate design that is mesmerizing and I can just imagine the beauty of it with water falling into it....can't you?

THIS is the antique furniture piece that has been converted to hold a vessel sink in a Powder Room.

The same antique chest with a stone vessel sink mounted on top of black and white marble top. It is perfect for this Powder Room!

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