How to Choose a Vessel Sink & Faucet

Heather Asiyanbi - 2/2/18 3:25 PM

Choosing a vessel sink and faucet to replace your current bathroom sink setup gives you the best of modern technologies and functionality with a certain old world charm at the same time that instantly creates a focal point. Based on wash basins and pitchers used for hundreds of years in homes around the world, vessel sinks can add an unexpected “wow” factor to even the most utilitarian bathroom.

Important Factors to Consider

How you choose a vessel sink and faucet really depends on the overall look you’re trying to achieve; traditional, contemporary, transitional,modern, industrial, or Mediterranean. Let’s go over the options and the details you’ll need to consider:

  • Depth matters! If you have a tall vessel sink with a deep basin, be sure you measure both the overall height of your sink but also the depth inside the bowl. You will need to choose a faucet that is not only tall enough to reach above edge of the sink, but also has the right spout to reach over the bowl.
  • Simple spout rules: The higher the arc, the deeper the basin. A faucet with a higher arc will create more splash so make sure your vessel sink has a good amount of depth. Likewise, angled faucets have less splash because they extend out and over the sink so you can go with a sink that’s a little more shallow.
  • Have fun and make a fashion statement! Vessel sinks are a showstopper so take a little chance and choose a color or shape you might not see in the rest of your house.

What a Difference a Sink Makes

To give you examples of traditional, contemporary, transitional, modern, industrial, and Mediterranean vessel sinks, we found six Kraus vessel sinks paired with the same Ventus vessel faucet so you can really see how the shape and material of the sink makes all the difference:


Traditional: A round, bowl-like vessel sink is about as traditional as they come; smooth style that’s simple elegance for every day use.


Contemporary: Embrace the curved luxury of a contemporary tulip sink like this one. The shape is fun and unexpected, but because the material is ceramic, the sink won’t go out of style any time soon. 

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Transitional: This rectangle sink with rounded edges straddles the line between traditional and modern – it will never look dated – which makes it perfect for any bathroom design scheme. 

Enhance the modern vibe of your home with this gorgeously simple but statement-making round vessel sink.

Modern: While modern design is typically defined by sharp angles, this sink still fills the bill because of its stark simplicity and the eye-catching statement it makes when paired with the faucet.

This beefy, square sink with a basin-mounted faucet would be perfect in an industrial design scheme.

Industrial: This deep, square sink with the basin-mounted faucet would fit perfectly in a downtown loft space where metal and wood mix together for a lived-in look with an edge. 

An oil-rubbed bronze faucet and glass sink crafted to look like natural stone evoke old-world charm.

Mediterranean: Natural stone and rustic metals like copper are hallmarks of the Mediterranean or Tuscan style. Paired with an oil-rubbed bronze faucet, this natural stone illusion glass sink certainly makes you feel like you’ve been transported to another time and place.

As you can see, vessel sinks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials to fill the space in any bathroom design scheme. And while your faucet is certainly a big consideration as well, choosing a versatile vessel faucet with the right height and spout reach virtually guarantees a beautiful centerpiece you'll enjoy for years to come. Need more proof? The photo at the very top of this article features a vessel sink in a completely different shape than the ones we've described here with the same Ventus faucet. This combination is no less stunning than the others and just as versatile.

If you're still feeling overwhlemed by the number of options available, there are vessel sink and faucet sets that take the guesswork out of picking the perfect combination. 

Topics: Bathroom- Decision Guide- Sink

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