When space is an issue – particularly in a powder room — a console sink is a smart and stylish choice.
There very good reason that the console sink is seen so often in bathrooms. That has to do with scale, or proportional size. Consoles rest on legs rather than a cabinet, which reduces visual bulk. Even when they are as large as a hunky, 30-inch Kohler Memoirs basin [top], most consoles look light because the legs are slender. The metal base beneath the Memoirs has handy features like side bars for hanging hand towels. Also of note around this sink is is the map-of-the-world décor – ingenious wallpaper for $150, created from an 8-panel, coated write-on map from Skymall. For bathrooms that don’t take themselves too seriously, it’s a great economical solution to wall color and surface.
Professional designers often favor posh solutions like the elegant layered ode-to-silver powder room Michael Richman delivered. That’s complete with the oh-so-French Waterworks Julia faucet set diagonally on a marble-top console sink. Fluted legs are a nice touch and a similar look is available at Pottery Barn (pricey silver- finish undermount basin not included).
I have a special fondness for 1940s-style console sinks because I grew up with one. They tend to be small and have a very unique look that blends surprisingly well with DIY chalk-board paint and a real chalk-wall hand crafted treatment. Period-look sconces and a white hex-tile floor complete the bath, a creation of Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co, which does custom walls and has a vintage shop. An earlier version of the bathroom wall featured circles and a drawn-on mirror. But let’s not have the tail wag the dog here. The console is restored freegun salvage.
(Source: Lonnymag, Michael Richman Interiors)
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