Vessel Sinks: A How to Guide to Elevate your Bathroom

“Vessel sinks bring style and elegance to a bath, creating the appeal of art on a pedestal” —Debbie Snider of ds studio in Redwood City, California. 

Are you considering upgrading your powder room or primary bathroom this season? One of the most effective ways to elevate your home space from basic to luxury is to introduce a vessel sink. 

The vessel sink acts as a visually striking focal point in the bathroom, adding a touch of personality, style, and uniqueness to your space. The vessel sink is separate from the counter and can be easily wiped down. Some people may prefer vessel sinks for their unique appearance, while others may choose them for their practicality and ease of use.

With vessel sinks, there are a myriad of different styles and shapes to choose from. You may gravitate more towards the standout, artistic look, while others may opt for a monochromatic design that seamlessly blends with the bathroom. 

No matter your style preferences, we’ve compiled a quick guide to the ‘what’s' ‘why’s' of vessel sinks as well as a list of our most popular Cheviot bathroom sink products so you can determine the perfect fit for your home. 

What is a Vessel Sink?

A vessel sink is a basin that sits on top of a bathroom vanity or counter, rather than being inset like traditional undermount or drop-in sink. It is of note that vessel sinks are found only in bathrooms, not kitchens, as their size and style would not be practical for the kitchen environment. 

More specifically, vessel sinks are more popularly found in decorative bathrooms, such as powder rooms or guest bathrooms, where the sinks are used less often. However, in our opinion nothing quite says luxury, comfort, and spa like a unique vessel bathroom sink that acts as a standout feature in your primary bathroom. 


Types of Vessel Sink Installations 

There are two distinct types of vessel sink installations—recessed and above-counter:


Recessed installation allows for a deeper sink bowl without making the sink too tall above the counter. For installation, a hole greater than the diameter of the drain hole, but smaller than the sink diameter, is cut into the countertop. This allows the sink basin to rest about halfway down for a recessed bathroom sink. 


The vessel sink basin rests entirely on top of the vanity or counter. When people think of vessel sinks, the above-counter version is typically what they have in mind. The installation for above-counter vessel sinks is quite simple. A small drain hole of 1-5/8 inch to 1-3/4 inch is drilled and no additional cutting of the countertop is required.

Benefits of the Vessel Bathroom Sink 

If you're looking for some extra counter space for your bathroom vanity, the vessel sink basin is a great option. We recommend the above-counter vessel sink basin as it takes up less space than the recessed bathroom sink style. 

Looking to add some panache to your bathroom? Investing in a vessel sink is one of the best ways to elevate the look of your bathroom for relatively little money.

The simple installation process is one of the best benefits of the vessel bathroom sink. Avoid those costly and difficult sink cut-outs. For these state-of-the-art sinks you need only one hole cut out for the drain pipe.

Since vessel sinks are not stuck in place the same way drop-in sinks are, they can be changed out easily. Let your design style flow.


Unlike most other sinks that are exposed above the counter a little or not at all, vessel sinks demand attention and are a great way to create a statement in your bathroom.” — Anne Ellard of Anne Ellard Design in Queensland, Australia


Cheviot Featured Vessel Sinks

For the standout: Ruy Ohtake Round Vessel Sink

This modern sink by prolific Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake features a beautiful bowl design with a gently swooping edge. Made from vitreous china that is then glazed with powdered glass, the Ohtake Round Vessel Sink is easy to clean and sanitize. This luxurious organic sink is sure to be a timeless standout in your bathroom for years to come. 

For the monochromatic: Quattro Vessel Sink 

Clean lines, a low profile and a relaxed attitude make Cheviot's highly popular Quattro Vessel Sink a powder room essential. 

For the minimalist: Elevate Vessel Sink

Inspired by modern minimalism, the Elevate Vessel Sink is available in four stylish colours—gloss white, graphite, matte grey, and matte white. The sinks raised lip prevents water from dripping over the edge onto the vanity while a flat ledge allows for storage of wet items. Pleasantly spacious, this bathroom sink design will accentuate all types of bathroom accessories with its refined appeal and high-quality finish. The perfect sink for the minimalist lover. 

For the contemporary, functional: Horizon Skyline Vessel Sink

The long, flat sinks in this collection mirror the horizon over calm water. The linear theme is highlighted in the basin where water flows over a sloped surface to an elegantly concealed drain. Archirect Joao Armento prioritized practicality with this design with wide basins that prevent splashing and expansive surface areas that serve as easy-to-clean stages for daily toiletries.

For the luxury: Sisko Vessel Sink

The Sisko bathroom sink stands out as a calming work of art over the vanity with its soft shape and appearance. The Sisko is a perfect example of how vessel sinks can be the eye-catching luxury standout in a bathroom space. The Sisko comes in neutral tones such as graphite, slate, and gloss white that seamlessly matches any vanity set or bathroom decor. 


Browse more Luxury Bathroom Sink Designs at Cheviot

At Cheviot, we believe in the art of flow. Our unwavering design vision drives us to create a sense of serenity in your home with the ultimate modern bathroom design. We offer the highest quality bathroom sink products crafted with European standards for artistry and luxury while using the latest advancements in materials and design. Browse our state-of-the-art sink collection to elevate your bathroom this season. 




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