Sink Styles How to Choose the Right Style

Sink Styles: How to Choose the Right Style

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If sinks prove anything, it’s that even the most utilitarian fixtures in your home can – and should – have an element of style. The options that have flooded into the market in recent years mean that there’s something for every taste and home décor style. But that vast array of choices can also leave a lot of room for questions – which sinks are right for your home, and which rooms should you put them in? Here’s a quick guide to some sink options – and where to use them – that can help when you’re in a style bind.

Artistic vessel sinks: Vessel sinks (think a bowl that sits on top of the counter) took the design world by storm a few years back and their popularity hasn’t faded. They provide a dramatic focal point for a room – not just a place to wash your hands. This is perhaps the most stylistically diverse category of sinks – you can find them made of virtually any material, from art glass to embellished ceramic to metals of all tones. To add a lot of personality to a small space, vessel sinks are the ideal option. They’re great for main-floor powder rooms that see a lot of use when you’re entertaining – they’ll make a major impression on your guests. They can also elevate your everyday bathroom routine when placed in a master suite.

Angular modern sinks: Clean lines and crisp edges are the top choice for homes with a contemporary aesthetic, but they are more versatile than you might think. Anywhere you want a streamlined look, these squared-off sinks will do the trick. If you favor transitional styling, add this kind of sink in a room that has details like boldly patterned, colorful wallpaper. For a spa-like atmosphere, pair it with organic touches like towels in earth tones, travertine or cork flooring and cabinetry with distinctive wood grain.

Classic pedestal and console sinks: The traditional styling of these sinks looks as great in a Cape Cod home as it does in a Tuscan-inspired abode. Console sinks feature two legs and a bit of extra surface space for setting out extra accessories, and also add some distinctive Old-World elegance. A pedestal sink is a small-space problem solver, ideal for half- and three-quarter-baths, while a console is great for filling a room that has more available square footage.