While the sink is designed for cleaning pots, pans, fruit and vegetables, the sink is reserved for personal hygiene. While most sinks are smaller and shallower than their kitchen counterparts, they’re also more stylish and bolder, with artistic flourishes, more varied colors, and other details that better reflect the homeowner’s personal tastes.
Susan Cox and her husband Ted recently had the master bathroom in their house south of Boerne completely renovated. After replacing the orange, brown, black and (yes, really) red bathroom tiles with more neutral colors, they remodeled the double vanity units with light granite, installed undermounted sinks and replaced the so-called “little bitty” spout with a model with a curved neck with which she can occasionally wash her hair in the sink more easily.
“I’m very happy with the new look, the new design,” said Cox, who has retired from the medical field. “It’s so much brighter now. I can see into the bathroom without turning on the light. “
Sink trends, including the sink itself, faucets, vanities, and countertops, keep coming and going. Here’s a look at what’s on the up and which are going down:
Trends on the upswing
Substructure sinks: In contrast to conventional built-in sinks, which sit in a cutout in the worktop and have a visible lip on the edge, the undercounter sinks hang from below so that there is no edge between the worktop and sink. The result is a modern, streamlined look, an easier-to-clean surface and a little extra shelf space.
Undermount sinks are typically more expensive to install than drop-ins because of the additional cost of polishing the inside edge of the countertop. They also require the installation of faucets through the counter or the back wall.
“These sinks are best for non-porous countertop materials like granite, marble and faux quartz,” said Mark Burns, owner of Boerne Kitchens and Baths. “Pay to spend about $ 150 more on an undermount sink compared to a drop-in equivalent.”
Wall fittings: Wall-mounted faucets emerging from the wall behind the sink are becoming increasingly popular for their clean, open and luxurious appearance. And it’s not just her good looks that make her popular. With no hardware in the way, these faucets make it easy to clean the area behind the sink.
However, installing a wall-mounted faucet can require some advance planning and is more expensive compared to simply installing a built-in sink with a built-in faucet. For example, piping behind the wall needs to be added or moved, and holes need to be cut through stone, tile, or other wall material.
“We recently installed wall fittings through a mirror,” said Jana Valdez, who co-owns Armando Haven Design and Construction with her husband. “Talk about measuring twice and cutting once!”
Curved neck cocks: This trend, borrowed from kitchen design, which makes it easier to move large pots and other objects under the tap, is making its way into the bathroom – albeit at a lower height.
“While a kitchen faucet could lift 8 to 9 inches,” said Burns, “you’ll see 4 to 5 (inches) in the bathroom.”
Get to know the hot lamp color, which many manufacturers refer to as antique gold (or in the cases of Delta Products, Venetian bronze). Soft, subtle, and rich, this isn’t your grandmother’s brushed brass from the ’80s. This device from Delta Products’ Cassidy line is priced at $ 399.55.
New colors: Get to know what manufacturers call antique gold. Soft, subtle, and, yes, rich looking, this isn’t your grandmother’s brushed brass from the ’80s.
In addition to antique gold, according to Valdez, matte black for taps and housing parts are among the up-and-coming colors. The color gives both transitional and modern bathrooms a dramatic impression, especially when used as accent pieces against, for example, white or cream walls and vanities. For a more traditional look, satin and brushed nickel faucets are also becoming increasingly popular. Satin nickel has more sheen than brushed, but both hide water or dirt well and are comparable in cost. So the choice between them is a matter of taste.
Furniture washbasins: For high-end bathrooms, the furniture look – that is, legs versus traditional square or rectangular toe-butted boxes – is a must. The styles can vary from artful to contemporary. Although furniture-style finished vanities are available, these vanities often need to be made to measure or semi-custom due to the size and style. That costs more than what you pay for a pre-made vanity unit sold at a large retailer.
For example, a 48-inch-wide cabinet would cost about $ 2,000 to design, manufacture, and install – and according to Valdez, it doesn’t include the cost of the sink, faucet, and countertop.
Floating vanities that are attached to the wall so that they appear to float above the floor look sleek and efficient. That’s why they’re best for modern bathrooms as opposed to transitional or even traditional bathrooms. Floating washbasins also create space on the floor and make cleaning under them a lot easier.
Floating vanities: They are attached to the wall so that they appear to be floating above the floor. They look elegant and efficient. That’s why they’re best for modern bathrooms as opposed to transitional or even traditional bathrooms. Floating washbasins also free up space and make cleaning under them a lot easier. Adding lights to the bottom of a floating vanity can make a smaller bathroom look bigger.
Trends in the downturn
Vascular rinses are losing popularity as the main bathing facility because they are difficult to keep clean, take up counter space, and can be too high to be conveniently used.
Ship sinks: These sinks, which stand on top of the counter or are partially recessed, are quickly losing popularity, according to Valdez. When they arrived they were considered a dramatic addition to the bathroom, but their shortcomings soon became apparent. They are more difficult to clean than an undermount sink, tend to be more “splashy” than traditional sinks, and their flared side takes up more work space than traditional sinks.
Adding an 8 “tall vessel sink to a standard 36” high vanity makes the sink an uncomfortable height for many people, especially children.
“We still see them in powder rooms that aren’t used as often, especially for homeowners who want something dramatic to impress visitors,” Valdez said.
Waterfall faucets: Also known as open faucets, these faucets have a bold design that mimics how water falls into nature. The concept is available in all areas, from contemporary design to old-fashioned, water-pump-like fittings.
So what’s the problem? The open design of the tenon makes it difficult to keep clean.
“You get water buildup on the surfaces where the water drains,” Burns explained. “So you have to keep wiping it off. And nobody wants to have to do that. “
In other words, don’t chase waterfall taps.
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