How to Pick the Right Bathroom Basin for Function and Style


So you’re finally looking to redesign your bathroom and you start with searching for a new basin, as it’s one of the most regularly used elements of the bathroom. The first thing you will face is a huge number of brands, models and types of bathroom basins. How do you choose?

Choosing the right bathroom basin is not a task to be taken lightly. There are many different kinds of bathroom basins but your choice should depend on what kind of sink will suit your needs while matching the layout and style of your bathroom, so there are many things you will want to take into account.

Will a pedestal basin fit in the space and look appropriate? How deep would a drop-in sink be? Or do you need an under-mount one? What colour should it be? To help narrow down your choice here’s are the most important things to consider if you’re in the market for a new bathroom basin.

Take a Look at the Mounting Options

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Basins are designed to be fitted in a variety of ways in the bathroom. A counter-top basin, for instance, has to be installed in a bathroom corner, whereas a counter-top basin can be installed on a vanity unit or a worktop.

On the other hand, wall hung basins can be especially useful in smaller bathrooms and some ensuites. The main reason for this is that they usually have a shallower depth, allowing for more space in the bathroom at both the waist and floor levels. A wall mounted bathroom basin is a wonderful way to create a floating look and flex minimalist flair thanks to the vast choice of contemporary shapes and designs available.

While most pedestal and wall hung basins come with bolts, making DIY instalments a viable option, it’s always recommended to hire a professional plumber to complete the mounting job.

Consider the Design of Your Bathroom

Consider the Design of Your Bathroom

If you decide to invest in a good-quality basin, having it not go well with your bathroom design would be a huge waste. On the other hand, if the style of your basin works well with the rest of your bathroom design, it will most definitely make your bathroom look extraordinary.

For instance, basins with an elongated oval shape will look best in bathrooms with an oval bathtub and bathrooms with a window on one wall. If you have a window on one wall you can choose a tall, elongated oval-shaped basin that matches the shape of your bathroom window.

On the other hand, basins with clean lines and sharp, square-like shapes will look best in modern or contemporary styled bathrooms that don’t feature many decorations, and they will also fit nicely next to toilets so they are ideal if you don’t have much space in your bathroom.

Don’t Go Too Big or Too Small

Consider the Design of Your Bathroom

Basins can come in a variety of sizes to fit your bathroom project, ranging from big, attention-getting pieces of up to 1200mm with a huge focal point, to very small basins of roughly 300mm. It’s best to start by calculating how much room you have and be aware that your options are limited when you have a smaller bathroom. If that’s the case, you will have to choose a smaller basin, but not too small, since it has to fit nicely with the rest of the bathroom items.

Although you can choose from a wider range of styles, you don’t have to splurge on huge basins if you have a bigger bathroom. Instead, the best thing to do is listen to your needs: it should be big enough to fit your needs, yet small enough so that it doesn’t steal away valuable space in your bathroom.

How High Should You Place It?

The height of your basin is determined by the height of the user. So, ask yourself, what feels comfortable for you while you’re washing your hands and face? That said, the best thing to do is just to measure and compare the height of everyone who is going to use the bathroom frequently, and then determine how high your basin should be placed.

Don’t Be Afraid of Colour If You Want to Make a Statement

 Colour basin

A focus point or the room’s star is a design element that draws the eye into a room. So, don’t be afraid to purchase a colourful basin that will be the star of your bathroom. The basin colours available are bold blue, vibrant green and pink, yellow and so on, so, by their very nature, these coloured basins will stand out.

However, you wouldn’t want a lovely coloured basin to get lost in a sea of other decor components, so if your bathroom is full of neutral and dull-like elements, then it might be a nice idea to include a splash of colour into it.

Choose the Right Material

Bathroom basins can be made of many materials, and none of them is the same. Some materials will prove to be more durable than others. More importantly, the material you choose for your bathroom basin will impact the overall look and feel of the bathroom. The list of basin material options available includes ceramic, earthenware, porcelain and even stainless steel.

To choose the right material for your bathroom sink you should consider its but also the price since some of these materials are difficult to fit into everyone’s budget.

Base the Decision On Function, Not Price

Base the Decision On Function, Not Price

The price of basins can range from 250 to even 9000 dollars if you want to explore more luxurious options. However, if you want to make the right decision for the best basin for your bathroom, it is best advised to focus on what functionalities can the basin offer for your budget.

On the other hand, it might be a good idea to save up and then invest a little bit more than what you have previously intended into a high-quality, long-lasting basin. As a result, you will get the perfect basin that will go amazing with the rest of your bathroom, no leakage and possibly a free mounting option, instead of calling your local plumber and paying extra.

Ultimately, the perfect basin will be a combination of all of these elements. Pay attention to both your practical needs and your style, aesthetic and budget as you choose and you’ll find your perfect basin for years to come.