Explore Different Types of Bathroom Sink Styles

So you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, and now you’re in the process of choosing materials and fixtures. Will you go for the statement lighting by installing a grand chandelier? Replace your shower head with something a little more luxurious that offers several spray settings?

With such exciting elements to consider, it’s easy to forget a sink. (A sink is a sink, right?). But it doesn’t have to be just a utilitarian fixture. In fact, your bathroom sink can be a centerpiece, bringing harmony to all the other parts of your new space.

Read on for some great sink options that will fit any design style, from traditional to contemporary.

Drop-in sinks

Also known as self-rimming sinks. This sink style is very popular due to its ease of installment. Featuring a rolled and finished rim, or lip, that sits on top of the counter, a drop-in sink usually fits directly into a vanity’s pre-cut hole. It can also be replaced without ruining the countertop.

This is a versatile basin inspired by streamlined 1920s designs, perfect for a traditional or transitional bathroom update. These sinks also work beautifully with vintage-style or repurposed vanities, like this one from Bertch.


Farmhouse sinks

Also known as apron-front sinks. This sink style—defined by an exposed, protruding front—was typically reserved for the kitchen, but has recently made its way into some unique bathroom redesigns. If you like to be different, this might be the way to go. (According to the 2020 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, just 5% of remodeling homeowners choose a farmhouse master bathroom style.)

To create a rustic-style remodel of your bathroom, consider something like the durable, Italian-made Undermount Basin in White.

Pedestal sinks

Pedestal sinks, elegant and ideal for smaller spaces, are made up of two parts: the basin and the freestanding column underneath. While these slim fixtures don’t offer much in the way of storage, they take up very little floor space and are easy to clean around. This makes them ideal for a guest bath or powder room. They’re lovely to boot!

If you’re going for a traditional bathroom remodel, try a luxurious porcelain sink perched on a rich, cherry wood pedestal.

Undermount sinks

As the name suggests, these sinks are installed under the countertop. This style requires a custom-cut hole in the counter to fit the sink, providing ample counter space. Seamless design and easy clean-up keep this sink style in high demand.


Vanity sinks

A vanity sink is molded into a solid-surface countertop of marble, quartz, granite, or wood, built on top of a base of cabinetry. This setup is a great option for those who want to hide clutter and add storage space. This Bertch vanity sink complements the vintage tile and beadboard walls of this rustic bathroom. But with a concrete countertop, black cabinetry, and modern faucet, it could be easily dropped into a sleek, contemporary bathroom. Have a look at more custom vanity top options here.


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Vessel sinks

This sink style is a basin that typically sits directly on top of a marble, granite, Formica, or cultured marble countertop. A vessel sink with recessed installation will be partially sunk into the countertop, with more than half still appearing above it.

Vessel sinks like these options from Bertch are popular in contemporary bathrooms, but the wide variety of styles, colors, and sizes make them equally at home in traditional or rustic spaces.


Wall-mount sinks

Also known as floating sinks. This sink style is installed directly onto the wall, making it a great option for those who want to keep floor space open and uncluttered.

For an industrial, contemporary look, try an option that features exposed plumbing as a design element.

Whatever sink style you choose, your bathroom remodel doesn’t have to follow any rigid rules—it should just feel right to you. Schedule a free in-home design consultation today and get started on the bathroom of your dreams!