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  • Writer's pictureCarol Ruth Weber

How to Choose the Right Bathroom Sink for the Decor

Seeking to choose the right bathroom sink for the decor can be as overwhelming as determining the rest of the petite room's furnishings. With some how-to guidance, all can understand the different types of sinks available in order to make an informed choice as to what would be the perfect vessel to add to the water closet.

Renovating or designing a bathroom can be an immense undertaking with all of the fixture, hardware, cabinetry, and finishes to choose from. Whether you are designing a new huge master bath or renovating a cozy powder room, it is important to understand all of your décor options before making final decisions. In preparation to embark on the remodeling bathroom adventure, one should know the size of the fixtures needed to fit into the allotted spaces.

Bathroom Sink Decor Options

In understanding how to choose the right bathroom sink one should be well-versed on their options for design and utility. The following will assist in the quest of choosing the just-right lavatory to complement the bathroom’s décor.


The reliable self-rimming lavatory is the sink of the first modern bathrooms.

Kohler K-2699-4-0 White Bryant Oval Self-Rimming Lavatory

Looking for a quick replacement sink to update an aged vanity? The classic self-rimming lavatory is a perfect choice. With their low cost and many color finishes, they easily blend with any décor and are great for those remodeling on a tight budget. The old reliable self-rimming, overmount sink works well when the need is to simply replace an existing, worn out, old lav. An existing vanity will be livened up with a new self-rimming model, plus a new faucet set.


An under mount sink is the perfect choice to complement a lovely stone to use for a vanity top without having a sink to interrupt the stone's design flow.

Kohler Caxton Undermount

Kohler Caxton Undermount

For those who like the look of a sleek and smooth stone top then an under-mount sink is the right option. Its simple design will not take away from the gorgeous counter top that it is set into. A number of color and finish choices allows for easy blending with the vanity top. Decorative faucets will sit as if pieces of art atop the counter to complement the natural beauty of the stone.

Pedestal Sink

The pedestal sink creates a very clean and open look, especially appealing for a smaller space that one would like to appear larger.

Renovator's Supply Small White Cloakroom Pedestal Sink Space Saver Grade A Vitreous China Item ID # 19355

Renovator's Supply Small White Cloakroom Pedestal Sink Space Saver Grade A Vitreous China Item ID # 19355

A pedestal sink is a great choice if vanity storage in the bathroom is not a concern. Pedestal sinks come in an array of sizes and styles to fit within a traditional or contemporary decor. The smaller pedestal sink makes for a wonderful alternative in a tight space.

A modern pedestal sink design makes a designer statement.

Fresca Netto Glass Bathroom Pedestal via Houzz

Fresca Netto Glass Bathroom Pedestal via Houzz

Use a pedestal sink as if a piece of sculpture to make a unique statement for someone entering the bathroom. Artistically designed pedestal sinks mix different elements, such as glass and chrome, and are individualistic, coming in many shapes, sizes, and options, such as with built-in towel racks and lighting. These sinks often come complete with faucet sets, leaving out the extra search for the perfect accouterments.

Vessel Sink

With a vessel sink, one can create the look of a unique washbowl sitting upon a dresser.

Kohler K-2200-HV Conical Bell Vessels Above-Counter or Wall-Mount Lavatory Boucle Tweed

Truly decorative in its appearance, the vessel sink is designed from the days, before running water, when people used a bowl with a pitcher as a washbasin. One can repurpose an antique cabinet to use in the bathroom as a vanity. Place a vessel sink in the center to mimic a decorative bowl that is simply sitting on the vanity. Vessel sinks allow for a choice of surface mounted faucets, or wall mounted faucets for a waterfall appearance.

Contemporary Vessel Sink

Contemporary vessel sinks come in many unique shapes and are fashioned from several choices of resources such as stone, glass, metal, and china.

Stone Forest C27 Natural Wabi Sink

Bring a creative touch into the bathroom by purchasing a sink that is a piece of art in itself. Artisans specially craft vessel sinks out of various mediums such as hand-blown glass infused with patterns of color, or hand carved from polished stone giving the appearance of an artful accessory sitting on the vanity top. These vessels of art can be costly, but worth it with the unique statement of a fountain-like artistic sculpture that they make upon anyone entering the bathroom. Have fun discovering the many types of contemporary vessel sinks, such as contemporary sleek geometric sinks, and sinks that actually look like a large rock has been placed on the countertop.

Metal Sink

Metal sinks are dressed to impress to add some glitz for a special look.

Nantucket Sinks Hammered Brass Rectangle Undermount Bathroom Sink via Houzz

A golden sink will add some glitz and glamour excitement to the décor. Metal sinks are usually handcrafted, making each one a unique piece that makes a shining statement as visitors enter the room. The bathroom will sparkle in the golden glow of a beautiful bronze sink, or rustic ambiance that copper conveys. Metal sinks tend to cost more and require more upkeep than other finishes, such as ceramic and glass, so they are recommended for use in lower traffic water closets.

Wall Hung Sink

The cozy little water closet is the perfect location to fit a wall hung sink.

Whitehaus WH1-103 Small Porcelain Wall Mounted Ceramic Bathroom Basin Sink

For those seeking to find a space to add an additional bathroom, consider turning a closet into a little powder room. Using a mini wall hung sink will allow for the necessary room needed to turn an actual closet into a water closet. With a narrow depth, this sink sits on the wall like a wall-hung shelf. The mini wall-hung sink is sleek and attractive as it fits easily into very tight quarters that would otherwise not be large enough to accommodate a bathroom.

Corner Sink

For those with an awkward space, a corner sink may be just the answer.

24" Thomasville Corner Sink Bathroom Vanity Model GD-47533GT

If one feels as if the sink is pushing them into a corner, figuratively and literally, the corner sink should alleviate this design issue. Corner sinks, complete with vanity tops and cabinets, come ready to install into a cozy corner.

All in one Sink and Vanity Top

The all in one sink and vanity top is a sleek and seamless, and cost-effective option, for updating a bathroom decor.

Kohler K-2781-1-G81 1-Basin Integrated Sink & Vanity Top

Seeking out a simple, quick, and clean alternative to replace an old worn out sink and vanity top, then choose the usually reasonable priced all in one solution. A vanity top and sink made in a one-piece, seamless design, makes it easy to keep this combination sink and vanity top clean. This is a perfect choice, coupled with a ready-made cabinet, to update a bathroom when on a tight budget.

Narrow the many choices down to decide which sink will best fit budget and particular bathroom design needs. For those looking for a purely decorative touch for a powder room, then consider an artistic vessel sink or a hammered metal sink. For the kids' bathroom, go with a sink that will be easily kept clean - such as the undermount, self rimming, pedestal in a ceramic finish or the all in one sink and vanity top. The perfect sink is there to fit within any decor and budget to take center stage in the bathroom.

Remember to conserve the water. Never be afraid to dance!

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