Anything But Basic Basin Designs
Remember when a basin was simply a recessed porcelain square with a plughole? Those days are gone. Nowadays, the basin is the centrepiece of the bathroom.
Today, bathroom basins come in a multitude of shapes, materials and sizes. Sculptural countertop basins that sit on a vanity or wash-stand are the most popular choice among new homeowners, followed by pedestal basins and wall-mounted designs. Inset basins, recessed into a countertop, have drifted out of favour, but have their distinct advantages when space is tight.
As for materials – porcelain, ceramic, enamel over cast iron, resin, stone, copper, glass, composite materials mixed with granite, quartz, soapstone… The littlest room in the house now presents a big range of choices. (Psst, get our renovation 101 guide on tiles here!)
Plain on the outside, beautiful on the inside – some basins are disarmingly simple when viewed from afar and elaborately detailed when viewed up close.
Patterned porcelain basin in the bathroom of a condo by MJS Interior Pte Ltd
This patterned porcelain basin is clearly the star of this otherwise simple bathroom. The nostalgic inside pattern within provides a little visual treat every time you wash your hands.
White is a Blank Canvas
Pristine white is the perfect colour with which to play with form. Circular, irregular, square… the purity of white showcases the beauty of form. A cautionary note: it also shows every little speck of dirt, which on a brighter note ensures that you diligently clean your basin.
Asymmetrical countertop basin in the bathroom of a landed house by ID Avenue Pte Ltd
Strip lighting under the mirrored cabinet shines the spotlight on the simple elegance of this asymmetrical oval white basin. A black counter adds the drama of high contrast.
Wall-mounted basin in the bathroom of a condominium by Renozone Interior Design House
This white wall-mounted basin with ornate turned legs is a little bit Victorian yet distinctly modern. Fully exploiting the luxury of space, it resists the usual solution of utilising the space beneath for storage.
Who said a basin has to be a single, solid colour? These days, basins come covered in fancy patterns and are adorned with accent borders and details.
Fancy basin in the bathroom of a 3-room HDB flat by Monoloft
This eye-catching basin is a scene-stealer in a simple, compact space. A little bit tribal, a whole lot of exotic, it marries the woodgrain of the cabinet with the monotones of the wall and floor tiles.
Composite materials containing minerals such as quartz and granite infuse a space with a rustic or resort vibe. They can be moulded into any shape, and their surfaces can be variegated to emulate natural rock formations.
Double stone-look basins in the bathroom of a landed property by Edgeline Planners Pte Ltd
Who needs a weekend getaway in Bali when you wake up to a bathroom like this every day of your life in urban Singapore? Double basins are the ultimate for well-groomed couples who like to bond over brushing and bathing.
Glass – frosted, transparent, textured. It’s the closest substance to water in a solid form, other than ice. No wonder it feels perfectly at home in a bathroom. If you’re a fan, make sure your glass basin has been tempered to withstand cracking and heat.
Glass basin in the bathroom of a 5-room HDB flat by WHST Design
This bowl-shaped pedestal basin in green-tinted glass is a statement in modern minimalism. It sits beautifully atop a matte black vanity, dramatically lit by LED lights under the wall-mounted mirrored cabinet.
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