Shell – Give a coastal style half-bath an elegant upgrade with an oversized shell sink basin. You can find an authentic one if you’re willing to hunt, but be prepared for a hefty price tag. Composite reproductions can save money but won’t look as genuine. Tip: If you do find an authentic shell, the edges can be sharp and dangerous. Ask your contractor or builder to carefully file them down so your sink is safe.
Pedestal sink – Pedestal basins fell out of favor for a while. But they’re starting to look just right again, and it’s easy to see why. They have a period feel and simple lines, and this classic design effortlessly hides ugly pipes. If you have the space, two pedestals side by side can look particularly magnificent. And they work nicely with traditional beveled mirrors.
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Washing machine. This powder room goes to show that pretty much any sturdy vessel can become a sink. This antique washing machine needed little adjustment to serve as a sink in this beautiful space. Many old-fashioned appliances can have marred and damaged finishes. If you’d rather not embrace the patina, find a specialist to refinish the surface to a shine.
It seems every house hunter type of show I watch on television includes a couple who simply must have double sinks in the master bathroom. Is this some sort of relationship saver? I guess when you desperately want to brush your teeth and someone else is hogging up the sink with fifteen minutes of shaving it’s nice to be able to get your toothpaste and your gargle on at the same time.
Black and white – Black and white tiles have long signaled that you’re in a traditional period bathroom. A border of black — on walls, the floor or both — adds a focal point and is elegant, timeless and chic. Also note how the vintage cast-iron radiator is painted to match. The console sink is another stylish traditional touch.