Renovating the bathroom is an excellent decision. If you do it well, it will reward you, both now and when it comes time to sell. You might think the vanity basin is not that important in the overall scheme of things, but it would be a mistake to think that for several reasons which we'll unpack.
This article will look at:
- Why it's important to have the right basin
- The different types of basins
- Solutions for small bathrooms
- Solutions for medium to large size bathrooms
This will give you the full picture and help you make the best choice for your new bathroom design.
Why it's important to have the right vanity basin
Choosing the vanity for your new bathroom is just as important as choosing any other fitting or accessory for the space. Here's why.
Imagine listening to your favourite music. Let's say it's a selection of Ed Sheeran's soothing ballads, and suddenly the next song that plays is a heavy metal track. To most people that would be incredibly jarring. Yes, it's an exaggeration, but it's a similar principle if you make choices that don't work in the bathroom.
The basin is a prominent feature and needs consideration. The wrong choice will disrupt the flow of the space and create a jarring effect. This is the last thing you want. Your design needs to flow beautifully and seamlessly from one end of the space to the other.
The different types of basins
Creating that seamless flow in the bathroom is easier than you think. Designers have put a lot of effort into giving us a fabulous choice of basins to suit every type of bathroom design. There are 5 main types and from there you have all the different designs.
The types are:
- inset and semi inset
- under counter
- semi recessed
- wall hung
- above counter
Let's have a brief look at each.
Inset basin. The top of the basin is protruding above the bench and the rest is under the counter. The effect is like the basin has sunk into the bench slightly.
Undercounter basin. There are no edges on the bench top. It's mounted under the bench top with nothing showing but the inside of the basin. You can run your hand along the top of a wet bench and brush the water straight into the basin.
Semi recessed basin. This is where the front of the basin protrudes forward from the bench top. It's like it's hanging over the edge of the bench.
Wall hung basin. It's mounted directly to the wall and usually the plumbing under the basin is exposed and treated as a feature piece.
Above counter basin. It sits on top of the bench and becomes a focal point in the space. With this type, it's easy to update the bowl with a different colour and design as fashions change.
Each of these basin types look fabulous and serve a particular purpose.
Solutions for small bathrooms that look sensational
If you don't have the luxury of space, then you can cleverly design the bathroom so it doesn't look cluttered. This can be achieved by using a:
- semi recessed basin
- small wall hung basin
With a small, wall hung vanity basin, you don't need a bench top and there's no vanity unit, so the space is kept simple, uncluttered and practical. With wall hung styles, the floor is in full view under the basin and the effect opens up the space.
With a semi recessed basin, you can install a 400mm deep bench top or even narrower, and still have the luxury of a full size basin. This gives you the extra room you need to move in the bathroom.
Each of these are mighty space savers in small bathrooms.
Solutions for medium to large size bathrooms
If your bathroom is medium to large in size, you'll have the luxury of space to install a deep, wide bench with handy under counter storage, or no cupboards at all, depending on your design.
Some fabulous results can be achieved with a single or his and hers:
- above counter,
- inset/semi inset,
- under counter, or
- large wall hung style.
An above counter basin makes a real statement because it's a prominent feature piece. The various colours available add to the stunning effect you can achieve.
An under counter basin adds a beautiful sense of minimalism. Being hidden under the benchtop, it's almost like it's not even there. It creates a new level of sophistication, especially with a marble or stone bench top.
A large, wall hung vanity basin also creates a minimalist look but in a totally different way. The wall hung feature with exposed pipes brings a cutting edge, contemporary feel to the space.
Inset basins have a style all of their own. Being partially inset, they create a unique feature point in the space, as with the SEIMA Kyra 430 Inset Basin in Black from Bathware Direct.
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