Wed, 12/12/2012 at 4:53 PM Master Bathroom: Sink and Vanity

Sinks are one of those features that seems to take a lot of thought to reach a final decision, but if chosen correctly should just kind of fade into the overall design of the room. This makes it difficult sometimes if you, like me, haven't quite settled on other details of the room. Add to that the fact that it seems like the number of sink designs has been increasing dramatically over the last few years. It at least used to be that you either had to have access to supply stores with larger inventories or have the patience to sit down and look through a manufacturer's book of available models. Now with everything being on the internet you can quickly find more than you ever really wanted to and should you accidentally lose one you liked, you may be lucky to find it again.

But speaking about the sink may be getting ahead of myself, as a successful sink selection is largely dependent on what the sink will be attached to. Perhaps because vanities are usually one of the larger pieces of furniture in a space, they usually seem like a good place to start making some design decisions and then working outward from there.

The space that I have to work with is fairly long, so to have a small vanity would just be silly, unless there is something better that could be done with the space. By using much of the existing space for a new vanity there should be plenty of under-sink storage. Changing from a solidly grounded vanity to a floating one should make the space seem slightly more open. This does create an area that will mean more cleaning, but the effect should be worth it.

Growing up in a wooded region I have a strong attraction to wood, but like my hair stylist says, everything should have a little edginess to it. My current idea is to have a fairly plain cabinet with some straight line panel doors. To add some edge and contrast I am thinking of replacing the door panels with a sheet of some sort of metal and maybe bracketing the doors with metal. This should create a nice mix of traditional and industrial styles which will result in a fairly modern appearance. The wood stain will have to be decided once the color of the flooring is decided but should be fairly easy to adjust.

Working upward, the counter top provides a more challenging decision. There are stone tops, tile tops, even concrete tops. The final decision may have to be made after some other materials are selected such as the cap on the half wall by the shower or the back splash which should coordinate somewhat with the shower. Really my main concern at the moment is something that will look nice with the wood stain, but not blend in. Having a dark concrete surface with a light wood vanity would be a nice contrast, leaving the flooring to be somewhere in a middle tone.

To finish it off and to end up where this post began, there is the hardest decision of the sink. Vessel sinks are popular right now, appearing on bathroom remodeling shows and in high-end hotels. There are many styles to choose from, round fruit bowl type sinks, to raised white rectangles. One option which I am considering is a long rectangular bowl with a small divider breaking it into two effective sinks but with only one drain to worry about. Well, gym time, maybe more on this another time or as decisions become clearer.

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