Make a Splash with a New Sink

by Jane VanOsdol on May 10, 2011

Sinks. Who would have thought that choosing a sink for your bathroom home improvement project would be so difficult? But when you have undermount, self-rimming, integrated, vessel, pedestal, and wall-mount to choose from, things can get a little dicey! What’s the right one for you?

Well, you can rule out several of these sinks by first answering a basic question:  What kind of storage do I need in my bathroom? If you already have plenty of space to stow your supplies and you don’t need your bathroom sink to include storage, then your choices are wide open. If you need a sink with a cabinet, then you’ll have a few less options.

Sinks With Storage

  1. Undermount sinks. These sinks are mounted under your countertop, so esthetically, they give a sleek, beautiful design, which as an added bonus, are easy to clean. Look for the classic oval shape, but if you would like to mix things up a bit, try the square design. These sinks look gorgeous with a granite countertop, but other materials work equally well.
  2. Self–rimming sink. These are the typical sinks that are standard in many homes. They’re also called top-mount or drop-in sinks. They’re fitted into the countertop from above and once installed have a protruding lip or edge on top of the counter. These are one of the easiest sinks to install.
  3. Integrated basin sinks. In this selection, the sink and countertop are one molded piece that fit directly over your cabinet top. You can find these stylish fixtures in may sizes, shapes and colors.
  4. Vessel sinks. In this option the entire sink sits on top of the countertop. Vessel sinks come in an amazing array of shapes, colors, materials and sizes. You can choose from stainless steel, vitreous china, marble and glass. They aren’t quite so practical, because they are more difficult to clean, and the sink will take up quite a bit of the countertop space. But if you want the wow factor, then install a vessel sink in your bath remodeling project.

Sinks Without Storage

If storage isn’t an issue for you in your bathroom remodel, you may want to consider this trio of stylish designs.

  1. Pedestal sinks. Pedestal sinks are perfect for a small bathroom or powder room. Their sleek design will make your tiny bathroom feel much more spacious. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles.
  2. Wall mount sinks. These are even more minimalist than pedestal sinks because they don’t have a base to sit upon. Rather, the basin is simply attached to the wall. They are small in size but pack a big fashion punch.

    Wall mount sink

  3. Wading pool sinks. This new design by Kohler offers a sleek, but shallow sink that’s garnering notice in design circles. If you want to try something daring, go for one of these.

One tip to keep in mind is to be sure to choose the correct faucet that will work with both the type of sink you have and the way it is installed. Review your manufacturer’s recommendations for your sink or check with a bathroom remodeling specialist if you have any doubts.

Take the difficult out of choosing your sink by deciding whether or not you need storage and then by looking at the function and style. You’ll soon have a sink that’s making a splash for all the right reasons.

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