When space is an issue in small baths – particularly powder rooms — consoles are sinks of choice.
The very good reason 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 this hunky, 30-inch Kohler Memoirs basin, most consoles look light because the legs are slender. The base of this one has nice handy features like bottom rack for folded bath towels and side bars for hanging hand towels. Also noteworthy is the map-of-the-world décor – literally! Someone created ingenious wallpaper for $150, by using the 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, complete with the oh-so-French Waterworks Julia faucet on a marble-top console sink. Fluted legs are a nice touch but 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 this modern wall treatment, period-look sconces and a white hex-tile floor. This bathroom is the creation of Percy Bright of jerseyicecreamco, which does custom walls and has a shop selling vintage items. While it looks like wallpaper, the walls are actually chalkboard paint with hand decoration. An earlier version featured circles and drawn-on accessories. But let’s not have the tail wag the dog here. The console is restored freegun salvage.