Bath Sinks with Style and Sense
Don’t let choices overwhelm your quest for a great lav
Designers or homeowners trying to furnish a bathroom probably have no greater challenge than choosing a sink. Despite the fact that its purpose is pretty straightforward, the bathroom sink–or lavatory, as it’s known in the trade—is available in a stunning array of materials and styles. In this article, home-design writer Maria LaPiana discusses the choices that have to be made in order to end up with the perfect sink. While white is the dominant color for all bathroom fixtures, some manufacturers offer sinks in other colors. A more complicated choice involves materials: vitreous china, glass, fireclay, synthetic, stone, stainless steel, enameled cast iron, or another metal. For each, LaPiana gives a brief description with pros and cons. She does the same with the options for shape: bowl, round sink, wading pool, rectangular sink, oval sink, or square sink. She also discusses size and scale, then presents information on trough sinks and compact sinks. She concludes with a snapshot of the huge price differences within a single sink style: the vessel sink.