Remodel Fever? Your Complete Guide to Bathroom Sinks

Home remodeling projects are incredibly exciting… and equally intimidating. If your bathroom is in serious need of a makeover, then a new bathroom sink is a great (and affordable) place to start. Whether you love clean contemporary lines or artistic expressions, it’s never been easier to give your bathroom an instant upgrade with a sink that steals the show. From luxe vessel bowls to timeless pedestals, there are so many ways to remodel your master and guest baths with form, function, and distinct style – and we’re showing you all your options.

Vessel Sinks

When it comes to one-of-a-kind bathroom sinks, vessels are in a league of their own. Unlike other sinks, these decorative designs have a high profile and sit on top of your countertop like a bowl.

Vessel Sinks

These contemporary favorites are a particularly beautiful choice for guest bathrooms and powder rooms. The reason for this is that their higher profile, while gorgeous, is more susceptible to damage from accidental chips or breaks – and that makes them better suited for bathrooms that don’t receive a ton of traffic. Despite their fragility, vessel sinks take up less countertop space than undermount or drop-in designs, which is ideal for smaller bathrooms.

Pro Tip: Vessel sinks aren’t the only way to make a great impression. Read “10 Easy Bathroom Updates to Impress Your Guests.”

Drop-In Sinks

Drop-in sinks are generally a more affordable option that’s easy to install, and they work with any type of countertop. These styles are harder to clean than undermount sinks because of their raised rims that sit slightly above the countertop surface.

If you’re someone who uses a lot of makeup products that are prone to spilling, this type of sink may not be your best choice. These designs are usually better suited to secondary bathrooms that won’t get as much use as a master.

Drop-ins take up a bit more countertop space than undermounts and vessels, but their raised rims can also look especially decorative when paired with a contrasting countertop.

Pro Tip: Find out the best way to “Choose a Bathroom Sink and Faucet Finish to Match Your Personality.”

Undermount Sinks

Undermount sinks are different from drop-in sinks in that they’re placed beneath the countertop rather than sitting directly on top of it. These streamlined styles are easy to clean and are a smart choice for high-traffic master bathrooms and secondary bathrooms used by kids and teenagers. Undermounts look especially great paired with countertops like stone or granite, as a portion of the countertop will be visible directly above the sink basin.

Popular undermount materials include porcelain, metal, and tempered glass. Porcelain is a classic choice known for its smooth finish and durability, while tempered glass basins are surprisingly strong. Versatile metal finishes like polished chrome, cast iron, and warm copper breathe new life into any space and contrast beautifully with different countertops, as well.

Pro Tip: Experimenting with different bathroom color palettes can make a major impact. Read “Choosing the Ideal Bathroom Vanity Color” for basic suggestions on vanity hues, and check out “Gold, Silver or Bronze: Choosing the Right Color For Your Bathroom” for a helpful guide to metallics.

Wall-Mounted Sinks

Wall-mounted sinks, or floating vanities as they’re sometimes called, are one of the best choices out there for smaller bathrooms. Not only do these styles free up valuable storage space below the sink itself, but they also make your bathroom look bigger thanks to the visible distance between the sink and the floor.

These designs simplify your bathroom cleaning ritual and can work for family members of all ages (from tiny tots who use step stools to loved ones who rely on wheelchairs).

Wall Mounted Sinks

Pro Tip: Floating vanities can be installed in the corner of a guest bathroom to maximize its space and boost its overall style. Check out other “Bath Vanities for Popular Bath Layouts.”

Pedestal Sinks

Pedestal sinks are yet another wonderful option for small baths. A traditional favorite, pedestals lend a certain vintage-inspired elegance to your bathroom without taking up much space.

Designed with a full basin situated on a thin column, these sinks don’t afford the same kind of under-sink storage as floating vanities – but they make up for it in charm. Consider a pedestal for a powder room or a half bath; a space that gets semi-frequent use but doesn’t need quite as much storage.

Pedestal Sink

Pro Tip: Learn how to “Achieve a Luxury Bathroom Without Remodeling” with our inspirational look book.

Double Bathroom Sinks

Transform a shared bathroom into a truly luxurious space with coordinating double sinks. These contemporary designs allow for individual use, so you get to have your own little corner all to yourself. (And that means no more shuffling around the same sink during those hectic morning routines.) Choose an all-in-one double-sink vanity, or pair two matching sinks side-by-side depending on your preferences and needs.

Double Sink

Pro Tip: Check out our complete “Bathroom Vanities Buying Guide” for more shopping suggestions.

Unique Bathroom Sinks

Don’t settle for a run-of-the-mill sink for your one-of-a-kind home! Cure your remodel fever with statement-making hues and artistic details.

Look for bathroom sinks lined with mosaic trims or French fleur de lis accents, or try pairing a classic style with a decorative waterfall faucet. Hammered basins lend unexpected texture to your bathroom vanity, while colorful glass bowls feel fresh and new.

Unique Bathroom Sink

Whether you love the look of smoky glass vessels or glossy basins made of natural teak, there are countless ways to experiment with unique designs.

Pro Tip: Keep things contemporary with “7 Ways to Go Modern in Your Bathroom.”

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