Trough sinks — you know the bins that farm animals eat out of — are having a renaissance moment in the bathroom thanks to modern farmhouse decor. And we totally get why — they're the perfect mix of utilitarian and industrial aesthetics. Not only do they give you more space to splash around while you wash off that seemingly impossible to remove charcoal mask, but they're also classic, durable, and come in a variety of sizes, materials, and colors. And if that isn't reason enough to invest, here are 13 beautiful modern examples that prove you need a trough sink in your bathroom stat.
1. Sophisticated Glamour
In this New York bathroom designed by Strianese and Pew, a custom onyx trough sink is hands down the star of the show. The natural stone's gorgeous veining paired with warm wood shiplap and luxe brass fixtures is simply magical.
2. Industrial Utility
3. Just the Basics
4. Rustic Farmhouse
This bathroom designed by Jennifer Worts is a farmhouse lover's dream. From the vanity cabinet made from reclaimed wood, to the trough style sink, to the shiplap walls, it's pretty much picture-perfect.
5. Beach Chic Style
Trough sinks like this concrete gem are an ideal choice for minimalist bathrooms. The sharp corners and sleek lines make it the perfect addition to any modern space as seen in this washroom designed by Kelly Nutt.
6. Industrial Bohemian
This striking space by Jenny Komenda from the Little Green Notebook doesn't need much help, but trough sinks can make just about any bathroom look better. We love how Jenny paired industrial elements — like chic black subway tiles and this three faucet trough sink — with bohemian accents — like a colorful area rug and woven baskets — resulting in a uniquely bold design.
7. Seafaring Style
Inspired by the seafaring life of the New England salt marsh, designer Lisa Tharp opted for a long rectangular trough sink made out of concrete for this coastal retreat's bathroom. The white vertical shiplap walls and French fishing basket pendant light work together to further the nautical look.
8. Pop of Color
Heat things up in your washroom with a trough sink and a fun pop of color like designer Raili Clasen did in this playful bath.
9. Coastal Vibes
How sweet is this baby blue and white trough sink?! Paired with shiplap walls, woven baskets, and a round mirror hung by rope, we'd say this Manhattan Beach, California bath designed by Rita Chan is ready for summer at the beach.
10. Classic Black and White
When it comes to bathroom upgrades, the classic look of a simple black and white trough sink is a timeless choice. Designed by Marie Flanigan Interiors, this neutral space doesn't have to worry about going out of style any time soon.
11. Vintage Charm
12. Sweet Shiplap
Less is so much more in this pared-down bath designed by Courtney Bishop. The white shiplap walls, three-faucet trough sink, and black and white patterned tile are just enough to create a minimal bathroom masterpiece.
13. Patterned Beauty
Thanks to interior designer Jean Stoffer, who combined patterned floor tile with a herringbone tile accent wall and industrial accents — such as a trough sink and caged wall sconces — the one thing this handsome bath won't ever be called is boring.
Maryn Liles, a former NYC magazine editor now living in sweet home Alabama, is obsessed with all things home decor. She believes people's spaces should reflect their personalities — which is why you can find lots of hand-painted furniture, sentimental wall art and playful decor accents around her place.