When you are starting a new interior project like an en-suite, cloakroom or bathroom, the most important thing to do is research. I have been talking to a friend who is refurbishing these areas in her house and I’m helping her decided what kind of style to go for. She hasn’t ever done a refurbishment of this type, and is looking at different styles of basins for each of these rooms. Lots of people haven’t taken on this kind of project before, so I thought I would go through 4 styles of basin that you could go for and why.
Glass and Stone Basins
A glass or stone basin is a modern and unusual addition to a bathroom. There are many shapes and colours available, and they can be mounted on the wall or a countertop (as shown on the image) depending upon your requirements, which I go into in more detail below.
I think the clean lines and reflective surfaces work well in a more modern designed bathroom and if you are looking for a more boutique hotel look then this is definitely one to consider.
The white basin pictured to the right provides you with clean lines and a contemporary feel. Being wall mounted means that it keeps the bathroom feeling uncluttered. Some wall mounted basins also have a towel rail, which adds to the functionality. The perfect choice if you were looking a fuss free and modern en-suite or bathroom.
A countertop basin gives the home owner lots of choices. It can feel modern and contemporary, or vintage depending on what surface you mount the basin on. Counter top basins give you lots of scope to play around with design, so try thinking out of the box with this one. How about going to your local thrift store to see what vintage cabinets they have, or even a salvage yard. You could mount a basin of this kind on an unusual piece of old wood or metal. You will need to chat to your plumber though, and make sure it’s possible to convert these kinds of pieces before you make your basin purchase.
Alternatively you can add a countertop basin to a modern cabinet with drawers or cupboards, which can help greatly if you need lots of storage in a bathroom.
Space saving can be of paramount importance in some en-suites and cloakrooms designs. Tight spaces mean that more unusual shapes are sometimes needed in order for the room to work. Think about using smaller or corner basins together with single mixer taps for a neat and fuss free look.
So, as you can see, there is lots of scope for different basin designs for wash-rooms. I’ve not even added options like his and hers sinks, a look I would love to go for if I had the space. I think we’ve made our basin choices, next step bathroom tiles.