Countertop sinks offer an opportunity to experiment with materials, texture, shape and colour - check out the latest trends for your bathroom. 

  bryony basin from the london basin company in bathroom - home improvements  - granddesigns

Image: Bryony basin, London Basin Company 

If there's one overarching trend forming modern bathroom design, it's a growing sense of confidence in experimenting with new materials and styles beyond traditional classics. 

Countertop basins are one such style that has not only grown in popularity in design, but diversified hugely in what's available. We've pulled together a list of the trending materials, shapes and finishes that are emerging, each offering a truly contemporary take on the classic white sink bowl. 

Concrete 

kast concrete otto basin in bathroom - home renovations - granddesigns

 Image: Otto basin in Blush, Kast 

Not only is concrete a durable material, it comes with an 'imperfect' beauty that can rival beautiful natural stone. What you may not know is that it's also incredibly versatile. It can be cast in a large variety of shapes and even be mixed with coloured pigments for a truly bespoke design. 

Organic forms 

evolve countertop basin for bathroom from waters of ashbourne - home improvement - granddesigns

 Image: Evolve basin, Waters of Ashbourne 

There's a growing trend away from sterile, cold spaces, and towards bathrooms that are not only comfortable, but that connect back with nature. Basin trends follow suit, with organic shapes that look like they could have been formed naturally offer a softer, tactile element. 

Colour 

orion countertop bathroom basin from Victoria Plum - home improvement -  granddesigns

 Image: Orion basin, Victoria Plum 

Where bathrooms once were made up solely from gleaming white porcelain, a growing confidence in colour means that bright, design-forward bathroom pieces have become more accessible and affordable. From tiles and taps to baths and basins, you'll be able to find a whole spectrum of bathroom elements in a rainbow of colours. 

Statement materials 

Unik terrazzo basin from tika moon - bathroom - home improvement - granddesigns

 Image: Unik terrazzo basin, Tikamoon 

Basins now have the opportunity to be the standout statement in a space and draw focus. This terrazzo-style basin is sure to be a conversation piece whenever you have guests visiting your home. 

Metallic finishes 

crosswater castellon basin in platinum - bathroom - home improvement - granddesigns

 Image: Castellon basin in Platinum, Crosswater 

Whether gold brass or platinum silver, metallic effect basins are the go-to trend to create a luxurious look. This platinum style from Crosswater is a sleek, cool finish that doesn't read as gaudy in this pared back scheme. 

Deep styles 

day true bayswater house - bathroom - home improvement - granddesigns

 Image: Bayswater house, Day True 

Where surface space is limited for a countertop basin, deep and oversized basins are the preferred style to create a dramatic focal point that's more functional than shallow, narrow designs. 

 

Which bathroom basin trend is your favourite? Let us know by tweeting us @granddesigns or post a comment on our Facebook page.

 

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