How to Choose a Vessel Sink and Faucet

Choosing a vessel sink and faucet for your bathroom gives you the best of modern technologies and functionality and a certain old world charm at the same time. Based on wash basins and pitchers used for hundreds of years in homes around the world, vessel sinks can add an unexpected “wow” factor to even the most utilitarian bathroom.

How you choose a vessel sink and faucet really depends on the overall look you’re trying to achieve; classic, modern, contemporary, transitional or Mediterranean. Let’s go over the options and the details you’ll need to consider:

  • Be sure you measure the installed height of your sink so you choose a faucet with the right amount of clearance.
  • A faucet with a higher arc will create more splash so make sure your vessel sink has the right amount of depth. Likewise, angled faucets have less splash because they extend out and over the sink so you can go with a sink that’s a little more shallow.
  • Have fun and make a fashion statement! Vessel sinks are a showstopper so take a little chance and choose a color or shape you might not see in the rest of your house.

To give you examples of classic, contemporary, transitional, modern and Mediterranean vessel sinks, we found five Kraus vessel sinks paired with the same Ventus faucet so you can really see how the shape and material of the sink makes all the difference:

Kraus Classic Round Vessel Sink

Classic: A round vessel sink is about as classic as they come; smooth style that’s simple elegance for every day use.

Kraus Contemporary Tulip Vessel Sink

Contemporary: Embrace the curved luxury of a contemporary tulip sink like this one. The shape is fun and unexpected, but because the material is ceramic, the sink won’t go out of style any time soon.

Kraus Transitional Vessel SinkTransitional: This rectangle sink with rounded edges straddles the line between traditional and modern – it will never look dated – which makes it perfect for any bathroom design scheme. 

Kraus Modern Square Vessel Sink

Modern: Straight lines and crisp corners mark this sink as a modern design element that makes a definite statement.

Kraus Copper Vessel Sink Oil Rubbed Faucet

Mediterranean: Natural stone and rustic metals like copper are hallmarks of the Mediterranean or Tuscan style. Paired with an oil-rubbed bronze faucet, this copper illusion glass sink certainly makes you feel like you’ve been transported to another time and place.

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