Wall-mounted sinks. What they are: These are sink basins that are attached to the wall--no pedestal, no vanity. Benefits: Efficient and perfect for tight spaces. That said, they also can be used in larger bathrooms as well. You'll often find them in commercial settings (think of the sinks in movie theater restrooms). Today's materials and options can offer interesting flourishes (i.e. they don't need to be boring). Vessel sinks. What they are: Essentially, the whole basin/bowl sits on top of the counter. Benefits: They can be styled in so many ways from modern to rustic, turn-of-the-century-farmhouse chic. Bonus? If they're part of a vanity, they free up space underneath the countertop. Here's a collection of vessel sinks on Houzz.
The vanity area of the bathroom is separated from the bath section by a glass wall punctuated by a frame that is reminiscent of gazebo shape. The dark matte metal frame is a bit industrial, yet maintains a luxurious yet organic feel to the space. Glass walls also create a division in the space without blocking light or making them feel too small and compartmentalized. Here, the circular design element under the wall also unifies the two parts of the bathroom. Similar dark basins are used in this bathroom design by Lev2 of Canada. The bespoke millwork and design firm created an entire apartment at IDS Toronto 2018 that included this space. While it uses the same color of basin, the design is more urban chic than Zen, and conveys an entirely different vibe thanks to a different style of vanity, more formal mirrors and a wall covering that mimics a gemstone pattern.
If you're not sure you can afford an entirely new bathroom, there are ways to give your existing one a fresh new look on a budget and without replacing the sanitary ware (the toilet, bath, sink and shower). First, you'll need to do a thorough clean. If the grouting is mouldy, try using a specialist cleaning product, available from supermarkets and DIY stores. If that doesn't work, buy an anti-mould grout-reviving pen, which you can get in black or white depending on the colour of your grouting. If you choose to redo the grouting altogether, use a sealer that will help prevent staining and mould growth in the future. To help prevent the mould coming back, try to leave the bathroom window open after showering or, if there isn't a window, install an extractor fan and leave the door open when you leave the room. If you are lucky enough to have a cast-iron bath but the ceramic covering has started to crack, consider buying a resurfacing kit or hiring someone to do a professional job for you, rather than replacing it. When you come to sell your home, buyers tend to rate period features.
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