This Is Everything You Should Keep in Mind as You Shop for a Bathroom Sink

We're going to say something that you've probably never thought of before: a bathroom sink is actually part of your decor. While it is true that it's a functional element in your washroom, nowadays, with all of the colors, styles, and materials available, a basin can really steal the show. And with so many bathroom sink ideas out there, it wouldn't be surprising if you started to feel overwhelmed. That's why we're here with a few basic deets to help you narrow things down, along with these points to consider.

First of all, think about the size of your bathroom, and which sink would make the most sense. Console and trough sinks tend to take up a big chunk of wall space, while undermount or self-rimming sinks can fit into an existing vanity. Or you can go with a pedestal sink that requires less room. After all, you don't want a basin that will take up your entire bathroom.

Another important factor to consider: how do you use your space? Do you need a lot of counter space to display your daily primping essentials? Then an undermount or self-rimming style might be worth considering. Do you envision giving a small pet a bath in your bathroom sink? Or will a gaggle of little ones be using this space? Then a trough sink could be a good fit.

Different Types of Bathroom Sinks

undermount bathroom sink with black vanity and walls
credit: Simo Design

When perusing bathroom sink ideas, you might marvel at all of the different styles that are on the market. Let's break them down together.

Console sinks have been around for decades and they look as if they're set into their very own table, supported by two or four legs. A trough sink is another oldie but goodie that tends to be associated with farmhouses, industrial spaces, and laundry rooms, but with its length and sturdy material, it's a practical option for high-traffic bathrooms.

For small spaces, you can't go wrong with a pedestal bathroom sink or the tried-and-true wall-mounted variety.

As for something with sleek, stylish, modern appeal, you can always choose a vessel sink, which sits on top of the countertop, an undermount, which sits below the counter surface (as seen in this contemporary beauty designed by the team at Simo Design), or a self-rimming basin that also sits below the countertop, except for the rim or edge that sits on top.

Popular Bathroom Sink Materials

Once you've narrowed down the style of bathroom sink that you want, there are a head-spinning array of materials to choose from. Ultimately, it will come down to the look and feel of your space, as well as how much maintenance you're willing to commit to. And of course, there is that pesky thing known as a budget to consider.

Vitreous china (like the undermount sink in the beautiful gray space above designed by Arent & Pyke), steel, and solid surface bathroom sinks are easy on the pocketbook and require fairly little maintenance, since they are resistant to wear, tear, and stains. While concrete, marble, and onyx sinks rate high on the style-o-meter, they can also be costly and require lots of maintenance.

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Bathroom Sink Fixtures to Consider

undermount bathroom sink with white cabinets and black hardware
credit: Studio McGee

As for bathroom sink fixtures, it's quite simple: you'll need a faucet.

The type of faucet you choose will be contingent upon the style of sink you choose. There are really only two options: either you can opt for wall-mounted or deck-mounted.

You'll also have a ton of finishes to choose from. Polished chrome is a traditional and more durable option, while brass, champagne, copper, or bronze are trendier alternatives. You can also choose antiqued or brushed metal if you are going for a farmhouse or vintage look. Shea of Studio McGee chose a black faucet to match the cabinet hardware and other bathroom decor, and we love the visual contrast it creates.

Where to Shop for Bathroom Sinks

self-rimming bathroom sink with brass hardware and oversize mirror
credit: Anne Sage

Now that you're overflowing with bathroom sink ideas, may we suggest going shopping? These are some of our favorite destinations to browse.

By the way, don't forget about good old hardware stores, where you can view the sinks and fixtures in person. Anne Sage purchased her chic, brass faucet from The Home Depot and it completes the look of her pretty bathroom.

If you're on the hunt for a bathroom sink and vanity in one, head on over to Rejuvenation. You'll discover plenty of styles to choose from, all with retro, classic touches that particularly fit vintage-inspired spaces.

Can you ever go wrong with Kohler? We say absolutely not, and we could not recommend their bathroom sinks more. As an industry standard for decades upon decades, you'll rest easy if you shop here for undermount, pedestal, or vessel bathroom sinks.

This website is a designer darling because of the myriad of options. Drop by here if you're looking for sinks with serious style (oooh, gold leaf!) or if you need a highly-specific size or type of sink for your bath.


Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.