Special sinks add character and a sense of luxury to a bath.
Bathroom sinks are defying conventional style and breaking out into a wide range of shapes, colors and sizes. Some are installed like vessels, mounted on top of a cabinet while others are worked into vanities in unusual ways. The beauty of this approach is its uniqueness and personalization – something to be valued at a time when, due to cost pressures, big-box-stores are the sources for so many bathroom fixtures.
A dark industrial-style basin mixes [top] surprisingly well with country bead board and the vintage look with its scratches and dings implies a sense of history and mystery. Tailoring the sink base to the size of the sink and holding it in place visually with the slim stone ledge, gives it an imposing presence. A closer look reveals that this is a tight space solution so, logically, the faucet is mounted on the wall.
Visual context can be transformational as evidenced by this double utility sink with integral backsplash installed in a super rustic, western style bathroom. A very similar sink (or possibly even the same one) looks completely different set in a minimalist vanity with mosaic tile — Kohler’s Brockway laundry sink has the same look which is compatible with the “medical lab” style faucets.
The sheet metal trough used for this bathroom might well have been consigned to a mud room. But the point of old salvaged pieces with patina and imperfections is to up the character quotient, certainly the case in this cottage bath.
(Sources: brian vanden brink, locati architects, Atlanta homes & lifestyles)
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