You might think of ceramic as being a generic, even boring choice for a bathroom – just plain white and not particularly spectacular. But while ceramic is, certainly, a traditional material for the bathroom, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s old fashioned or even overused. In fact, many European designers are turning decades worth of experience in ceramic crafting toward creating modern, elegant, and striking bathroom fixtures out of a time-tested and reliable material. Ceramic wall mounted sinks are becoming especially popular, and are a great way to fundamentally change the look and feel of your bathroom.
If you had to make a list of the things everyone has in their bathroom, it would probably include a bathroom vanity. Especially in the US, we more or less consider bathroom vanities to be part and parcel of the bathroom tableau. That’s exactly why choosing NOT to have a vanity is one of the more daring decisions you can make, and a great way to build a very modern bathroom. This Traccia wall mounted sink from GSI is a great example – it’s simple, elegant, and nicely self-contained (I’m a sucker for the built-in towel bar), and totally not at all what you’d expect to see in your average bathroom.
Browse Wall Mount Bathroom Sinks By GSI:
Of course, it isn’t just the unexpectedness that makes ceramic wall mounted sinks unique. Many of them come in stunning, sometimes complex designs that you won’t find in any other material. Take this Tsunami wall mounted sink from Scarabeo – it’s at once curvaceous and geometric, casting a stunning, totally unique silhouette against your wall while still offering the full functionality of a sink. If you’re aiming for dramatic, this is definitely the way to go – the stark minimalism combined with the striking design makes for an unusual modern alternative to your generic bathroom vanity.
Browse Wall Mount Bathroom Sinks By Scarabeo:
But, you wail, what about my precious storage space? Okay, so it’s a fair point. Visually unique and interesting though this Rectangular Isabella wall mounted sink might be, it certainly doesn’t offer much in the way of storage. In a modern bathroom, where you want to make an especial effort to keep it clutter-free, nixing the totality of your storage space for a sink that looks cool might not seem like the smartest idea. But! Depending on the size of your bathroom and the amount of stuff you actually use often or every day, choosing wall mounted sinks over bathroom vanities can actually help you get better organized by using other storage options (like decorative shelves or storage cabinets). That said, there are a couple ways to maximize the benefit of a wall mounted sink while minimizing the cost of losing a bathroom vanity.
Browse Wall Mount Bathroom Sinks By Whitehaus:
First, you can opt for very small wall mounted sinks like this Isabella Sink from Whitehaus. At less than 17 inches at the widest point, and hardly protruding from the wall farther than that, this wall mounted sink has a supremely small footprint. It’s easy to walk around, walk past, and stand in front of, without sacrificing floor or wall space. This opens up the whole rest of your bathroom to use as you please, giving you the utility of the sink, the cool statuesque style of the wall mount, while leaving you more room to find smarter storage solutions than even a very small bathroom vanity.
Second, you want to find wall mounted sinks that are intelligently as well as stylishly designed. I particularly like this Wish wall mounted sink for its sweet, semi-traditional round bowl (though the interplay of the curves here, I think, is inspired, mimicking the rim of a drop-in sink and the shape of a vessel sink, all without a counter). But it’s the tiny rectangular “counter” space that really makes this sink great. Many wall mounted sinks don’t offer any counter space at all, which is probably their biggest drawback – after all, even the neat-and-tidiest among us usually leave out our toothbrush, toothpaste, and a bar or bottle of soap. But this sink and ones like it accommodate for that need, integrating just enough counter space into the body to really make it work.
I’ve talked a bit about the utility of installing wall mounted sinks into very small bathrooms, like guest bathrooms, powder rooms, or water closets, but they can also work very well in a larger bathroom or even a master bathroom as well. Which brings me to my third point: don’t think of wall mounted sinks as just sinks. This Ceramica II from Caracalla is about as complete as bathroom fixtures come. Like the Wish sink, it has a built in countertop, and like the Traccia, it has built in towel bars, allowing you to use your wall mounted sink exactly the same way you would a bathroom vanity, but with a much more visually interesting style.
Browse Wall Mount Bathroom Sinks By Caracalla:
For me, though, the most exciting thing about wall mounted sinks is how well they play into the modern aesthetic of asymmetrically balancing horizontal lines. Most often you see this in the use of straight, flat, wall-mounted shelves of different lengths that are designed to look like they’re floating, gravity free on your wall. It’s sort of the pinnacle of minimalist design, and many wall mounted bathroom sinks do the same thing for the bathroom. In profile and straight on, this Mars wall mounted sink from Ceramica Tecla is perfectly flat, and when balanced with something like the solid chest shown above, or matching shelves (look for ones where the mounts won’t show for the full effect), you get a lovely, staggered design that can give your bathroom an artful sense of asymmetry (as well as a little extra storage!).
Browse Wall Mount Bathroom Sinks By Ceramica Tecla:
So if you’re looking to do something really different with your modern bathroom design, wall mounted sinks are a pretty good way to go – they’re beautiful, often very intelligently designed, and are certainly cutting edge and unique – not something you’d find in just any bathroom! What do you like most about wall mounted sinks? Would you put one in a master bathroom, or do you think they’re more suited to powder rooms?