There’s no need to limit your sink to what’s on store shelves. Repurposing any number of vessels into a sink — whether new or vintage — will show off your personal style with little effort. From old metal buckets to massive shells to rain barrels — if it can hold water, it can be your next sink. Still doubtful? Check out these innovative ideas to get inspired for your next home design project.
Log – Take your bathroom back to nature with a wooden sink basin or vessel. Whether you have a found log custom-crafted into a sink, or a ready-made version from a store, make sure it has a polyurethane clear coat for durability. A substantial piece of wood like this can be very heavy — make sure it’s adequately supported on both the wall and floor.
Hair can require a lot of maintenance. From gels, to hairsprays, to curling irons, to hair dryers, to diffusers — the list of hair products never seems to end. Most bathroom vanities aren’t set up for all this. Wires get tangled, countertops get burned — it’s a mess. After years of designing custom bathroom furniture, The Furniture Guild has a solution.
Pedestal sink – Pedestal basins fell out of favor for a while. But they’re starting to look just right again, and it’s easy to see why. They have a period feel and simple lines, and this classic design effortlessly hides ugly pipes. If you have the space, two pedestals side by side can look particularly magnificent. And they work nicely with traditional beveled mirrors.
Wainscoting – Vintage-style wallpaper paired with tongue-and-groove wainscoting gives this compact bathroom a cozy atmosphere. Also note the toilet with a high tank — a classic historic design. Swap slick modern spotlights for a decorative chandelier, like this brass number, to keep things traditional. Claw-foot tub – A rolled-edge, claw-foot bathtub is a timeless luxury. For an indulgent, traditional look, combine it with wallpaper, plantation shutters and a marble-topped vanity. Painting the sides of the bath a dark color, like this French navy, adds a period detail.
Shell – Give a coastal style half-bath an elegant upgrade with an oversized shell sink basin. You can find an authentic one if you’re willing to hunt, but be prepared for a hefty price tag. Composite reproductions can save money but won’t look as genuine. Tip: If you do find an authentic shell, the edges can be sharp and dangerous. Ask your contractor or builder to carefully file them down so your sink is safe.
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