Jess here! So my friend recently bought her first home and needs to do some renovating (she will laugh at the “some” part of that sentence). It’s a bit of a fixer-upper but it’s going to be so wonderful once it’s all done. Soon we will get back those nights where we stay up waaay too late drinking wine/talking and I “have to” sleepover. The gamechanger? I get my own room now! Ok enough about me and back to my friend’s house. She had mentioned she had been perusing our site for design advice and told me how helpful this post was for deciding what kind of bathroom fixtures she wanted. This got me thinking maybe she wasn’t the only one needing some sink/faucet advice since renovations are slowly starting back up again. So if you are confused about sinks and faucets, read through Emily’s thought process for what and why she wanted a certain combo for the mountain house.
I am THIS CLOSE to showing you the final master bathroom plan (UPDATE: Here’s the reveal) 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 order I had this terrifying thought – Is a wall mount faucet with an undermount 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.
What I am super into right now is wall mount faucets and on our design plan with Kohler I have wall mount fixtures in 3 of the 5 bathrooms, but I have them paired with undermount 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” it’s ALWAYS a vessel sink. WHY? What am I missing? Where is that red flag?
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 undermount 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. 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 are 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. 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 undermount?
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.
Update: Check out all of The Mountain House REVEALS here: The Kitchen | The Kitchen Organization | The Kitchen Appliances | The Powder Bath | The Living Room | The Downstairs Guest Suite | The Loft | The Kids’ Room | The Upstairs Guest Bath | The Dining Room | The Family Room | The Master Bedroom | The Master Bathroom
Opening Image Credits: Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: The Final Mountain House Reveal (for Now): All the Details of My Master Bathroom