Sinks often receive a lot of attention during the remodeling process, with the element being a staple of kitchens and bathrooms. However, the attention it receives is different depending on which room is being renovated. While choices surrounding kitchen sinks center on cleaning, hygiene and functionality, bathroom sinks can be more stylish and bold, with more artistic flourishes. The San Antonio Express-News writes that trends surrounding bathroom sinks, faucets, vanities, and countertops are ever changing. However, the Express-News highlights which trends are heating up and which are cooling down. Do you agree with their assessment?
Trends on the Upswing
Undermount sinks: Unlike traditional drop-in sinks, undermount sinks hang from below, so there's no rim between countertop and sink. The result is a modern, streamlined look, an easier-to-clean surface and a little bit of extra counter space.
“These sinks work best with nonporous countertop materials, like granite, marble and man-made quartz,” said Mark Burns, owner of Boerne Kitchens and Baths.
Wall-mounted faucets: Emerging from the wall behind the sink, wall-mounted faucets are increasingly popular for their clean, open, more luxurious appearance. Because there's no hardware in the way, these faucets make the area behind the sink easier to clean.
Curved neck faucets: This trend, borrowed from the kitchen design that makes it easier to move large pots and other items from under the faucet, is making its way to the bathroom.
Floating vanities: Attached to the the wall so they appear to be hovering above the floor, this element looks sleek and efficient, which is why they work best in contemporary baths, as opposed to transitional or even traditional bathrooms.
Trends on the Downswing
Vessel sinks: These sinks are quickly losing their popularity. When they first arrived, they were seen as a dramatic addition to the bathroom, but their shortcomings soon became apparent. They're more difficult to clean than an undermounted sink, tend to be "splashier" than more traditional sinks, and their flared side take up more counter space than traditional sinks.
Waterfall faucets: Also called open faucets, these fixtures have a bold design that mimics how water falls in nature. The open design of the spigot makes them hard to keep clean.