Mountain Fixer Upper: Let’s Talk Vessel sinks and Wall-Mount faucets
I am THIS CLOSE to showing you the final master bathroom plan (with a good process post preceding it) but I have to get everything ordered asap (the plumbing and fixtures won’t change, just all the tile and finishes – depending on your vote). Right when I was about to sign off on the product orderI had this terrifying thought – Is a wall mount faucet with an under mount sink TOTALLY WEIRD??? Why don’t people do it? All you see is wall mount with vessel sinks? Is there a reason why? To me it’s super clean and simple and if you get the height right it won’t splash too much. So I tasked my team to find some wall mount sinks that did not use a vessel (like above) to make a case pro the ‘wall/under’ combo and calm my nerves.
First let’s chat about vessel sinks. For many a year (25 years ago)the vessel sink was super popular – those super decorative glass bowls were BIG and fell fast. But a few years ago there was a revival and simpler square or circle ones became the rage.
I even used this one on top of my vintage dresser in our old bathroom. It was modern and simple and made that dresser easy to convert to a vanity. Great.
What I am super into right now is wall mount faucets and on our design plan with Kohler (more on that soon) I have wall mount fixtures in 3 of the 5 bathrooms, but I have them paired with under mount sinks. And once you plumb for wall mount and tile over it, there is no going back.
So before I hit ‘send’ on my product spreadsheet I wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing something totally weird.
When you google ‘wall mount faucet’ its ALWAYS a vessel sink. WHY? What am I missing? Where is that red flat?
All of these look lovely but do you need a vessel?
Are the pros of a vessel that it looks fancier and kinda has another architectural element? I don’t think functionally they are better in fact often if you get a thick one it can take up more counter space …
But it doesn’t keep your undersides clean if you want to do something like the above and below. An undermount sink would be more visible.
The rectangle vessel is also enjoyed by many bathrooms and if we were to use a vessel in the house then we’d likely lean in that direction.
Great. Lovely. Two thumbs (and two vessels) up.
I like them WAY more when they are more shallow and the height doesn’t come too far off the countertop, but then are they not very functional??
There is the option of a vessel that is more in a ‘bowl’ shape meaning that it is more narrow on the bottom then widens as it comes up.
These can lean more traditional but can certainly be very pretty, and all of these examples are showcasing them so well.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not anti-vessel, I just wasn’t planning on having them. And now I’m questioning myself. So we did a ton of pinning and found many beautiful shots of bathrooms with wall mount faucets and under mount sinks.
I’m feeling much better.
The next question is: what do these bathrooms have in common (if anything) that makes that particular look work, or is there anything to avoid?
While our mountain house has many handmade and warm finishes the plumbing fixtures are all super modern (I can’t wait to show you). So while stylistically these bathrooms don’t represent the mountain house, the faucets are pretty modern like some of these that you see here.
Our house is more like these photos, stylistically.
And here is a few more beautiful examples just to really hit it home.
See? The wall mount/under mount combination is beautiful and minimal and simple, no?
Hilariously enough I was panicking so I texted my friend, Nate (Berkus) about it. I was like If anyone is going to give me expert advice, it’s this guy. Head to my stories to see what he said … (but for those who don’t like insta-story he said basically ‘yes’).
But of course, I’d love you guys to weigh in.
Please tell me if A.) you think this is weird and therefore too risky. or
B.) you love it. Or
C.) if you have a vessel sink how do you feel about it? Do you wish it were an under mount?
Basically I’d just love a conversation about the pros and cons of vessel sinks or wall mount faucets for that matter … I love the clean look, but am I making a mistake or doing something that will feel super dated in a few years? Weigh in below.