I have been looking at vessel sinks lately because they are so beautiful. It’s not that I need one, but I happened upon one a few weeks ago and I fell in love with them. I went to this quaint little bed and breakfast up in the mountains of North Carolina and the bathroom had this sink in it that reminded me of an old wash basin sitting on a wooden table. Of course it wasn’t old, I could see that. So, I inquired about it and the maid said that all the bathrooms had recently been remodeled with vessel sinks and vessel sink vanities. It seems as though I’m not the only one who fell in love at first sight.
Apparently the proprietor had spotted one in her travels and decided that if she redid all her bathrooms with vessel sink vanities it would be more in keeping with the rustic ambiance of the lodge type bed and breakfast. The sink in my room was porcelain and it kind of had all these horizontal ribs. Several of the rooms have porcelain vessel sinks, but the maid said that some of the downstairs rooms have black stone vessel sinks. And of course I had to see those too!
Two of the bathrooms were done in Native American. Both of those bathrooms had black stone vessel sinks, but one was square and the other was sort of round and not so very deep. It gradually sloped down. They both sat on weatherized vessel sink vanities made from wood. The effect was stunning. On the wall behind the sinks the vessel sink faucets came out of the wall reminding me of really early plumbing, like when it was first brought indoors.
If I remember correctly, I think the maid said a couple of the sinks on the second floor were glass vessel sinks. It’s hard to describe them but they looked like marbles. The colors were all swirled throughout the basins in oranges, blacks and browns. The style of decor eludes me, but if I had to guess I would say some kind of South American, Aztec maybe. There were a lot of clay pots on the vessel sink vanities and shelves and a few cactus scattered around.
I’m not really sure what style I would like in my home, but I am leaning toward one of the ceramic vessel sinks. Maybe I’ll go with porcelain. My home is modern, built within the last decade so I will probably go with something sleek that lends itself to newer homes. I’ve been looking at Kohler vessel sinks because I can get one locally and the guy at the store will come and install it for me. I just haven’t decided what to do about the cabinet. It can either be removed or I can leave it and have him put a top on it. I really want to have one of those that look like an incense burner. (I don’t know how else to describe them.) They are square and not very deep. I’ll go with off white or ivory. At any rate, if you’ve never seen vessel sink vanities it would be worth your while to check them out. I don’t know why I never heard of them before, but I guarantee you I won’t forget them.