Essentially a free-standing sink that sits directly on the countertop or furniture on which it is mounted, today's vessel basin is made from everything including cast iron, glass, natural stone such as marble, decorated vitreous china and select materials such as stainless steel and bronze. Here’s how to make the most of this distinctive style.
Vessel basins offer increased design flexibility and can be mounted on the wall with a bracket or installed on a piece of furniture designed expressly for a vessel basin.
Choosing a vessel basin can impact the placement of pipes, so make sure to take that into account when planning your plumbing.
Vessel sinks also require a different counter height than most traditional bathroom sinks. Conventional recessed-bowl sinks sit at counter height, usually 80 - 90cm above the floor, which is a comfortable height for brushing teeth and washing hands. Consider a lower counter height if the sink sits on top of the counter.
When choosing a tap, vessels require a few special considerations. If the water flow hits the side of the sink, it can cause splashing; position the tap so water flows directly to the bottom. Make sure there is enough room between the faucet and the sink for users to wash their hands or brush their teeth.
Because vessel basins sit above the countertop, they require a counter-based tap with a long neck that can reach up over the side of the basin and allow adequate clearance. Another option is a wall-mounted tap with spout, this is often a more practical solution as most wall-mounted spouts have a bigger throw (or reach) from the back of the wall to the middle of the sink.
Kohler has created many designs in this style including the four pictured, all of which will add classic style to any bathroom.