Sinks can easily be overshadowed in bathrooms by impressive bathtubs, but these projects show that there’s ample opportunity to experiment with different sink shapes, sizes and styles.
From Brazil to Belgium, these sinks are designed for indulgent washing and include basins made from stone, terrazzo, stainless steel and walnut.
This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring homes with arched openings, inventive bookshop interiors and homes with staircases that have statement balustrades.
In the bathroom, a large sink topped with solid walnut acts as an island where its residents can freshen up and store their cosmetics. The architects hoped to invert the traditional bathroom, which is usually outwards-facing, by placing the sink front and centre.
The faded frescos and ornate details that feature heavily throughout Brolettuono Apartment – a holiday home in northern Italy – are noticeably absent from the bathroom, where stark white walls and a wide stainless-steel basin can be found instead.
Local studio Archiplan decided to employ a muted material and colour palette in the washroom to “emphasise the differences between [the apartment’s] individual spaces”.
The bathroom of Hygge Studio by Brazilian designer Melina Romano has fern-green walls, copper fixtures and red-brick tiled flooring, creating a modern yet bucolic feel for its residents.
Red brick was also used to construct the vanity, which has an open slot for storing towels and toiletries and a white sink in its middle.
London interior design firm 2LG Studio renovated a period house in Tooting, London, by adding brightly coloured touches, such as this custom coral vanity unit with a double sink. Meanwhile, contrasting baby-blue tiles on the floor match the taps and mirror frame.
Elsewhere in the home, the studio added other colourful items including a curved tan-leather sofa, a couple of powder-blue velvet armchairs and a grey chaise lounge to enliven the property.
Designed by architecture studio Szczepaniak Astridge as a “place to retreat to, to guiltlessly linger and hang out”, this bathroom is clad in sleek, dark concrete and enclosed by stainless steel Crittal windows.
The bespoke, polished stone sink echoes a trough-style sink that is set within a concrete column in the Camberwell property’s kitchen below.
The freestanding sink is set off against delicate curved mirrors and walls made of an ancient stucco called chukum.
Large windows above the bathroom sink inside this hillside home Villa RA frame pastoral views of a gulf in southern Italy‘s Calabria region.
Architecture practice Morq used a limited material palette of the earth-coloured opus signinum plaster – a material made of broken tiles that was often used in ancient Roman buildings – in the washroom to create “a visual and tactile continuity” between the surrounding landscape and the villa.
The striking mint-green polyester-painted walls of Apartment A in Belgium have been offset in the bathroom by a sanded stainless-steel basin, glossy ceiling and heavy grey floor carpet.
The green bathroom is one of several major changes that Belgian design studio Atelier Dialect made in its renovation of the dwelling, which is situated in Antwerp.
The ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, a concept that embraces imperfection and natural forms, was used by NC Design & Architecture as the starting point for Hong Kong apartment Imperfect Residence.
The bathroom, which the studio refers to as an “altar” is tucked away at the end of an elevated walkway and houses a bathtub, an elliptical bronze basin and a marble counter while arched mirrors.
A family of frequent travellers tasked architecture studio Originate with transforming this 185-square-metre loft in central London into a minimalist home that showcases their impressive art collection.
While the majority of the residence is finished in neutral tones, the wet room in the turret of the building has its own character, with dark tiling and a freestanding marble basin.
This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring homes with decorative ceilings and ornate plasterwork, maximalist interiors and colourful living rooms that make a statement with bold hues.