White is the ultimate traditional bathroom color – bathtubs, toilets, tile, and, yes, sinks too. But traditional doesn’t have to mean boring, and a nice, clean color like white is the perfect palette to play with shape and style. So if you’re looking to keep with tradition when it comes to color, but want to get a little more creative than your average white bowl sink, stylish new vitreous china vessel sinks are the perfect way to get the best of both worlds.
Simply swapping to a vessel sink is an easy way to make a dramatic difference in the look and feel of your bathroom. Because most typical undermount and drop-in sinks look, well, more or less the same, even very simple bowl-style vessel sinks like this Larissa Sink from Toto add an instant element of surprise to your bathroom decor. In a literal sense, they pop out at you – rather than having a fully or mostly smooth surface all the way across your counter top, raised vessel sinks stop and catch the eye.
Even in a typical white vitreous china, swapping to a vessel sink immediately adds an interesting focal point to an otherwise ordinary bathroom. Of course, it’s not merely by virtue of being unexpected that vessel sinks are so stylish. In the same way that restaurants use smooth, shapely white plates to showcase their food, there’s something utterly elegant about a simple, sleek white vessel sink like this Square Vessel from Soci. They accent your space without overwhelming it, subtly adding to your decor without being the main focal point.
While many vessel sinks come in bright, brilliant colors or unique materials, a very distinctive sink aggressively sets the mood and color palette of your bathroom. A hand blown sea blue sink might be beautiful, but it can make it difficult to change your decor later if you want to without also changing out your sink. A white vitreous china vessel sink like this Hilo sink from Swanstone, on the other hand, can have all the unique visual appeal of a vessel sink in terms of shape and style, without limiting your bathroom to a single color scheme.
In fact, white vitreous china vessel sinks are even more distinctive than your average glass or stone vessel sink, at least when it comes to shape. This Oval Vessel Sink is the perfect example – its larger than your average sink, chunky but with smooth curves. It’s the perfect pair for a sleek, minimal modern bathroom and totally different from anything you’d ordinarily find, either in a regular sink or a different type of vessel sink.
The possibilities are almost limitless. While colorful glass or stone, or hand-crafted metal sinks typically stick with your average bowl shape, white vitreous china vessel sinks have a little more room to be creative. The simple, solid finish and unobtrusive color don’t run the risk of looking busy the way oddly-shaped, colored vessel sinks might. That means you can get gorgeous pieces like this saucer-shaped Curva Vessel Sink that will make a quieter statement in your bathroom decor – the perfect way to build a distinct but neutral decor if you intend to repaint, reaccessorize, or even sell your home within the next few years.
White vitreous china vessel sinks come in all shapes and sizes, all styles and thicknesses. This Classically Redefined sink from Decolav is a bowed rectangle, again very much like a delicate serving platter. It’s wider than your average sink, and thin, making for a shallow but splash-proof bowl that’s utterly elegant and stylish, and will stand out especially well in a modern decor made up of largely straight lines.
On the other end of the spectrum is something like this chunky Semi-Recessed Round Sink from Xylem, with very thick walls and a lot more heft. Though it’s in a more traditional bowl shape, the weight of a sink like this is its own stylistic statement. A heavy bowl, rather than a delicate glass or thin-walled white sink, has a certain rustic beauty to it that’s entirely unique – anything but “just” an ordinary white sink. The shape and thickness all matter, and can even help enhance the design of your bathroom, rather than just being a necessary but ultimately uninteresting fixture.
So even if you want to go traditional, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for just another bathroom sink. Whether you want a thick square sink or a dainty bowl, a wide triangle or a solid-walled sphere like this Round Vessel Sink from Avanity, that”just a white sink” can be your very own subtle, signature piece, no showy colors or materials needed. What are you looking for in a white vitreous china vessel sink? Do you prefer something with a little heft, something in a unique shape, or a more traditional bowl?