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Unique Copper Sinks Direct To Your Bathroom

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Where To Shop Online For Copper Vessel Sink Designs in Hammered Copper, Farmhouse Styles, Apron Sink Models, Antique and Handcrafted Mexican Artistry

Buy handmade copper sinks, hammered basins, farmhouse apron styles, unusual bathroom vessel models, traditional Mexican designs, and antique replicas, starting at $99. We show you where to shop online, how much to pay and who delivers directly to your home.

Sizes, Styles and Prices

The standard dimensions for many copper bathroom sinks are about 17 inches around by about 7 inches deep, and the simple affordable designs start at just $99, and allow you to select a plain or hammered rim finish and often the patina color or finish.

There are several motifs to select, like the classic floral vine pattern, the arrow theme, diamond, star, scallop, or the plain hammered styles.

The vessels for sale at Copper Sinks Online also include a series of elegant copper bowl sinks with mosaic, some with Venetian Murano glass and mirror inlays on the outer side of the plated bronze designs that also have been finished by hand. The Murano mosaic copper and bronze basins are a little more expensive at about $350, and are very versatile for mounting. They can be left as a vessel sink, sitting on a counter or pedestal, or they may be partially embedded or mounted into a vanity or cabinet, or can be totally inset so as to be flush with the counter or wash area.

For less expensive, but unique and exclusive designs, consider some that range in price from about $145 to $225.

For example you can opt for a silver etched bowl with a lustrous patina in a variety of earthy, rustic finishes like Rio Grande, Café Natural, Dark Smoke or Matte.

If you’re looking for something very distinctive that’s not round, oval or square, but boat shaped, you’ll be delighted with the Calder design that has a rustic finish. The dimensions of this unique antique copper sink are a bit odd, so you’ll need the right kind of space to display it properly and make it functional because it’s quite long at 18.5 inches and 12 inches wide, while being unusually shallow at a depth of just 5.5 inches. As far as price is concerned, it’s reasonable considering how unusual the design is, at just $340, which includes shipping anywhere in continental USA. Which reminds us to let you know that all orders include free shipping if you spend just $100.

A Copper Farmhouse Sink in The Bathroom?

Most of the copper farm sink designs are sold for use in the a cooking area, be it indoors or out, however copper kitchen sinks make wonderfully unique bathroom basins. This is especially true if you have a little more space and would like a double or triple sink and mirror/vanity area, or if you have an open walk in shower, large wet room or spa design that’s rustic with stone floors and teak/cedar wood walls. Let us show you what we mean:

Choose one, two or three single well, rectangular or square copper farmhouse sinks that measure 22 or 30 inches at their longest or widest point and inset them into a stone counter or vanity with antique wood or copper framed mirrors above and antique brass or copper faucets. Even if space an issue, you can choose one small single well sink that’s square or rectangular and create a very unusual spa style wash area, open to the shower area or hot tub etc…

What’s extraordinary about using the farm style models in the bath is that you can also choose what is known as an apron front copper sink…..and by “apron” we mean a vessel that has a decorative, rounded or flat, front that is not hidden, covered or inset below counter level, but left in view as the front of the vanity or wash area.

It allows for more copper to show and is a way to create an antique environment quite easily since the fronts are often sculpted, carved, etched and very decorative. They also tend to project out a little more, are deeper, and have much more overall character, which is why, unfortunately, they are also more expensive. Still, their uniqueness makes them an item to consider when planning an outdoor home spa, rustic pool area, hot tub pavilion or indoor wet room for a cabin or chalet, or even in your unique rustic style bathroom.

Mexican Copper Sinks

For some of the most distinctive and extraordinary designs of, not just antique copper farm sinks, but Mexican copper sink designs that will add a unique flare to a washing area, go to Mexican Copper, a website where the sun and earth come together in fiery designs that mimic land and sea, like the Aztec hand engraved basin, or the sea shell vessel sink that makes washing your hands an event instead of just a function.

The price of the Mexican sun and sea is not much more than the cost of the domestic style….through Mexican copper, a unique handcrafted piece costs just over $350, be it Aztec or a pumpkin shaped bowl…….but the seashell style is a tad more at just over $390, although one plus is that if you order from the USA or Canada, there are no additional shipping costs.

Whether you choose hammered copper sinks made by American artisans or antique replicas of old world copper farmhouse sink designs or sunny Aztec creations from Mexico, the idea of creating a wash space in your bathroom or wet room using the rich orange-red color of copper metal, will stand out as a feature and make the area uniquely your own.

For more ideas on bathroom vessel sinks in granite, porcelain and even artistic glass, see the related topic, and don’t forget to check out the suggestions we offer about how to create singular walk in shower spaces for you or for two! Also find out how to organize and decorate with unusual bathroom sets and bathroom storage ideas that will keep your bathroom clutter free and functional for you and the entire family.

Stone, Granite, Ceramic and Glass Bathroom Vessel Sinks

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Vessel bathroom sinks from white porcelain, decorative ceramic, natural stone, granite, onyx, transparent and colored glass, copper and stainless steel from $65 to several hundred – that’s what Home Walk In Showers is about this week. Why? Because vessel sink designs are not only one of the newest bathroom decorating trends, but a preferred basin style in modern wet rooms, also incorporated in bathrooms with the latest open walk in showers.

What’s so special about a vessel design vs. a regular sink?

Perhaps the biggest difference is how the washbasin or lavatory is displayed as a singular work of art rather than just a functional washing area built into a modular cabinet unit or hidden flush with the level of a countertop. For example, stone vessel sinks are often a feature of a wet room that has stone floors and an open concept with a rustic natural SPA feel because the entire basin, often chiseled from a solid block of stone, will sit like a sculpture above counter level. Also a clear or colored glass vessel will rest on a vanity or pedestal or counter to add artistic continuity to a shower area that may be separated from the rest of the bathroom only by panels of glass and no walls or solid doors. Some ceramic and copper vessel designs may rest on sculpted pedestals, antique cabinets, wrought iron stands or rustic Spanish stucco counters to give an old-world or exotic flair to a room. In essence, the sinks that sit on top of a counter, vanity or pedestal are a more stylish choice no mater if the overall concept is classic white porcelain, retro glass, ultra modern chic, rustic stucco or Moorish/Turkish bathhouse style with colorful mosaic accents – it’s about bathroom elegance.

Choosing A Vessel Sink For Your Bathroom

Rustic bathroom designs are well suited to incorporate antique farmhouse copper vessel sink designs that accent wood or stone walls, terracotta floors and even unfinished pine cabinets. In the bathroom, it’s possible to choose a much more decorative design than you might if looking for a copper basin for a kitchen. There are small round styles that can rest on a pedestal, slab of stone, or be built into specific vessel sink vanities that match the basin.

Copper Sinks Online have a selection of such basins and ideas for installation and cabinets that allow for the rustically artistic display of such wash areas. Choose something like the tortoise medium round copper sink design and pay as little as $99.

For more decorative designs, that come in a variety of finishes and colors, you can choose a 16 gauge copper basin, select a matching drain style, and customize the finish and outer lip motif, for around $145. You can also choose matching tile to place on the wall or around the countertop in patterns and motifs identical to those found on the sinks, and in similar rich rustic copper colors, dark browns, earthy sienna and metallic hues with country-style or antique finishes. All copper tiles are hammered by hand by the same artisans who create the gorgeous sinks.

If you have an antique bathroom theme, but not a rustic or country design, then it may be better to go with a classic ceramic white vessel sink set in an antique vanity, or go with an Asian design like those in the Zen Porcher vessel sinks collection that retail for under $275 and are perhaps the most uniquely shaped products available.

When choosing such unusual basins, please remember that you will require a special size vanity or table and perhaps even special vessel sink faucet styles to accommodate placement in odd areas or from unusual angles.

Another thing you need to keep in mind before deciding to go with a “no-cabinet” or an open concept style is that the tubing and bottle trap will be visible and therefore you need to budget a little extra for more decorative piping. If you go with the Porcher models, you will be able to order tubing in finishes to match the theme of your room, like polished or brushed chrome, black iron and brushed bronze or nickel.

One of the most expensive aspects of deciding upon a unique basin instead of a regular one is not the porcelain, glass or stone bowl itself but the special vessel sink vanity that you may need to accommodate the unusual size or shape. Some of the matching designs sold as packages may cost you an extra $500 to over $800, even for simple wooden tables with holes in the right places. However, here is one suggestion: American Standard has a reasonably priced walnut vanity unit that is made for vessels and is just as elegant as the $800 ones but costs just under $250. It’s the kind of design that will work well with a minimalist Zen or Asian theme, a simple modern glass vessel sink style or even an antique or rustic bowl in sculpted porcelain or copper.

When you’re designing a standard bathroom with a ceramic or porcelain toilet, sink, tile shower area and regular faucets or taps, you usually make every attempt to have all the fixtures and faucets match. However, when designing a space with vessel bathroom sinks, it’s totally the opposite. The basin or bowl will be a focal point, a piece of art so to speak, and therefore it is unnecessary, in fact preferable, if the sink is not part of a matching set so that it stands out on its own. This allows you the freedom to select a bowl, basin or vessel from an artist or manufacturer without it conflicting with your other fixture choices. This is especially useful when renovating a bathroom. It’s easier than ever to renovate by adding a washing area, new mirror, small pedestal and a fancy faucet while keeping the other fixtures as they are. That’s why the uniquely innovative Kohler vessel sinks that are glass, porcelain and even china, in odd plate styles and strange bowl shapes, can be used in bathrooms that may not necessarily have another piece that matches or is even similar.

Although the high quality Kohler products tend to be expensive, it’s possible to save by purchasing their products online through dealers who offer discounts that are not available in the stores. However most designs are still between $250 and $600…..and the plate style glass vessel sink that has been featured recently, even with discounts, costs around $345 – $370 at it’s cheapest.

Two Dramatically Different Granite Vessel Sink Choices

If you think granite is granite and a sink is a sink, then you need to have a look at the very different styles of granite bowls you can select – the high polished, ultra smooth, pearl granite finishes are sleek and contemporary, especially in black or slate grey, while the natural granite is rugged and polished only on the inside of the bowl.

The cost is between $400 and $500 when purchased through places like the Eden Home and Plumbing Group who have an online shop with bathroom fixtures and supplies including one of the most comprehensive selection of vessels you will find online.

Tall Slender Faucets

Choosing the vessel sink faucet design is almost as much of a challenge as selecting the bowl, the vanity or counter and all the other accents combined. Why? Because the faucets, in most cases, will be mounted on top of a counter, pedestal or vanity in a way very different from how regular sink faucets are installed. They will have to be much taller or longer or angled in such a way as to reach over the bowl. They also tend to be more expensive – between $180 to $250 for a modern chrome or antique bronze style that is a slender one piece model. Antique and Victorian styles are usually between $300 and $450.

It’s obvious why the vessel sink design is not the most affordable lavatory solution. That said, if you can get a slender chrome faucet on sale at your local hardware shop, choose a handmade bowl in ceramic or copper, and place it on a simple stucco or tiled counter, you can create a design that is unique and somewhat affordable even if you’re renovating or building a bathroom on a budget. Try getting your bowl at a flee market or second hand shop that has antiques, and if the bowl is the old Victorian style without a drain, you can cut a hole very carefully using a ceramic drill bit.