There are a variety of options to choose from to update a bathroom sink. Whether you are planning for a sleek, modern look or a rustic farmhouse appeal, you can pick from dozens of styles and materials. Below are a few of the most popular options out there.
Drop-in Vanity Sink
One of the most popular designs is the drop-in sink that fits into a vanity top and has a raised lip that sits over the edge of the countertop. These sinks come in a variety of colors and materials and are relatively standard in size, making it easier to find a vanity and countertop to fit. Their prevalence also makes it easier to replace in the future, unlike specialty options. These sinks also support a wide variety of faucets in the pre-drilled holes that are often part of the sink.
Undermount Vanity Sink
The opposite of the drop-in, the undermount sink fits underneath and flush with the countertop. This design can come in mid-range prices to more expensive metal versions. An often overlooked benefit to this design is the extra inches of counter space this provides without having the lip from a drop-in sink. These sinks do not provide openings for a faucet which is intended to be part of the countertop instead.
Pedestal sinks can combine distinctive style with a narrow space-saving design. The porcelain versions can provide a classic retro look to the room while other materials such as copper or glass to change the room to a sleek modern feel. These are very common in smaller bathrooms where a vanity and countertop can encroach on the limited room available to move around in. They come in a wide range of prices, making them easy to fit into any budget while eliminating both the cost of a vanity and the need to verify measurements for countertop openings.
Vessel sinks, also called floating sinks, sit above the countertop and create a very stylish and eye-catching design for your bathroom. Made from a variety of materials, many people prefer clear glass, colored glass, or frosted for the visual appeal. The outer surface is frequently designed to have a textured surface, such as beveled glass. The price range for these sinks tends to run higher than other sinks. Faucets for these types of sinks are usually also visually arresting as they tend to extend high above the sink basin to account for the raised sides.
A trend that has been gaining in popularity for shared bathroom spaces is the trough style sink. Usually, these sinks come in concrete or porcelain. They extend far past the usual length of a single bathroom sink, making them useful for couples. Sometimes resembling a trough in style, with deeper than usual basins, the front of the sink general sits out an inch or two from the front of the cabinet and countertop.
Materials & Styles
All of the various styles of sinks allow for different colors and materials that can blend in with the look and feel of your bathroom. Some provide a few more visually distinctive style, like the glass vessel sink, and others provide a focal point when they are made from granite or hammered copper. Be sure to explore your options, especially if you want a unique design overall.