The Art of Basin Selection: Finding the Ideal Sink for Your Bathroom

Brad Smith
Written By Brad Smith

A wash basin plays an important role in the functionality and aesthetics of a bathroom, hence, getting it right is an important step in your renovation project. But with the many different bathroom basins available, how do you know which one to choose? 

While finding a beautiful basin to suit your taste and bathroom decor is important, practicality and utility shouldn’t be overlooked in the process. Your sink of choice should enhance the look of your bathroom while fulfilling its intended function. Here’s what you need to consider to pick the perfect one. 

the art of basin selection finding the ideal sink for your bathroom

Basin Types 

Nowadays you can find a variety of basins for bathrooms, each with a distinct look and ability to accommodate different requirements and space limitations. The most common types are:

Wall Mounted Basin

These fixtures hang directly on the wall, with no vanities or benchtops underneath. The compact design of these basins helps save on space and make your bathroom appear larger, making them ideal for smaller spaces or where storage isn’t needed. Of course, you can combine it with additional storage alternatives, such as a medicine cabinet. Just make sure that you have a wall outlet for plumbing and waste.  

Insert Basins 

An inset basin is a classic design that sits comfortably on top of a vanity with the basin rim sitting on top. Their straightforward installation makes them a quite popular basin option among homeowners. There is no need for internal countertop support because the weight of the basin is supported by its rim. This gives you more options when choosing the material for your countertop. The variety of designs means you’re sure to find the right one to complement your bathroom decor.

A drawback of these basins is that their pronounced lip can make cleaning difficult. Water and dirt might build in this area, demanding additional care when cleaning.

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Semi Insert Basins 

These basins are designed to be partially incorporated into a countertop or cabinet. The front of the basin is left uncovered and overlaps the surface of your vanity unit, while the rear of the basin is recessed into a space that has been cut out to accommodate it. Because of the way its design combines wall-mounted and insert basin elements, it’s the perfect fixture for homeowners who want the classic style of basins but still desire the convenience of under-sink storage. 

Undermount Basins

This type is installed under the worktop. These sinks have a smooth, streamlined shape which is among their most alluring features. They provide a sleek, minimalist appearance that can enhance the overall beauty of any bathroom because their edges are concealed beneath the surface.    

Maintaining these sinks is also very easy. You can clean them more effectively because there is no ring on the countertop, which makes it easier to wipe debris into the base.

However, the installation process of these basins can be more challenging and time-consuming than for insert basins, and they normally require robust, solid countertop materials to sustain their weight.

undermount basins

Vessel Basins

Vessel basins provide a unique modern touch to any bathroom. Their design, which features bowls that perch on the countertop, serves as both a useful purpose and an artistic showpiece. Available in a range of shapes, sizes, and materials, they are a great option for enhancing the design of a bathroom. 

Vessel basins also give you improved versatility when it comes to installation. As they sit on top of the counter, they can be positioned at a more comfortable height, potentially decreasing strain and enhancing overall functionality.

The main drawback is that they need careful design and consideration. They are more likely to splash because of their elevated design, and maintaining their attractive appearance may require regular cleaning due to their exposed sides.

Material

Ceramic

These are the most popular, useful, and reasonably priced bathroom sinks available. They fit well in bathrooms of any type because of their timeless appearance and variety of sizes, styles, and designs.

The smooth, non-porous surface of ceramic sinks is achieved through high oven temperatures and the baking of clay and minerals. They are praised for their stain and discolouration resistance, longevity, and ease of maintenance.

Natural Stone

Slate, granite, or marble are used to make natural stone sinks. These materials are less shock-resistant because they are heavier. These sinks can give your bathroom a sophisticated, colonial, or rustic look, depending on the stone you select. Moreover, variations in porosity, texture, or colour make each basin unique. 

Because of its porosity, stone requires more upkeep and is less resistant to cleaning solutions when it comes to cleanliness. There are many different shapes and sizes of natural stone basins available.

Artificial Stone

A fake stone basin, composed of cement and small stones, is ideal for giving your bathroom an industrial, laid-back, and distinctive style. Cleaning chemicals, especially acids, should be handled carefully, even though this material is strong since they can have unfavourable consequences.

Glass 

Glass basins feature a modern design that gives a bathroom an original and elegant touch. Although they’re easy to clean, they require more frequent cleaning because dirty can be seen more easily. Glass basins are available in an endless range of shapes, styles, colours and patterns, plus in crystal or matte finish.

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Wood

Resins and other materials are applied to wood sinks to guarantee total impermeability. Wooden basins are not only tactilely warm but also distinctive in their colours and textures. These basins’ drawbacks include increased maintenance requirements and the potential for long-term functional or aesthetic issues.

Stainless Steel 

Stainless steel is a material that aside from being antibacterial is also durable, easy to maintain and impact-resistant. Stainless steel basins provide a very sleek, eye-catching appearance to a bathroom. Keep in mind that bleach or chlorinated cleaning products could stain these basins, strong cleaning products shouldn’t be used.

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Written by Brad Smith

CEO & Lead Interior Designer

Brad Smith is an experienced interior designer and the founder of OmniHomeIdeas.com. With a Master's degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and a passion for creating safe and healthy living spaces, Brad shares his expert insights and innovative design ideas with our readers. His work is driven by the belief that home is where every story begins.