A Style Guide for Vessel Sinks

A Style Guide for Vessel Sinks


The most elegant bathroom lavatory is undoubtedly the vessel sink! Reminiscent of old world washbasins with finished inside and outside walls, vessel sinks are made of spun glass, lead crystal, china, fireclay, earthenware, cast iron, and stainless steel.

Vessels can be installed to rest above the countertop or with a wall-mount bracket. Depending on the material, some can be installed in a self-rimming application.

Because the pipes are installed differently that with a regular sink, it is important to select a vessel bowl and faucet before construction. Wall-mounted faucet pipes have to be roughed-in before the drywall is installed! If you don’t want a wall-mount faucet, be prepared for fewer bowl and faucet options. Deck-mounted faucets must be extremely tall to clear the bowl, and very few vessels have pre-drilled holes.


Because vessel sinks generally sit on top of counters, they are not ideal for family bathroom. Small children may have difficulty using the sink. Vessels work best in powder rooms where they can make a big statement, or in master bathrooms.

Our design team recommended these modern vessel sinks for homeowners with Scandinavian style.

Some favorite vessel sinks

Listed below are some of our best-selling vessel bowls. If you’d like to see more, stop by Keidel’s Cincinnati showroom.

The Kohler Brioette Glass Vessel Bowl. This is a show-stopper. Its uniquely faceted shape was inspired by the precisely cut surfaces of precious stone. Gently curved walls highlight the natural textural qualities of glass and create a striking reflective effect.  Learn more at our showroom site.

The Native Trails Laguna Bathroom Vessel Sink. A flawless work of art! Laguna’s perfectly formed, halved sphere copper vessel sink could be the only decor you need in your bathroom. After all, what bigger statement can you make than with a hand hammered copper bathroom sink? Laguna copper bathroom sink is artisan crafted; forged of high-quality recycled copper. Available in Antique or Brushed Nickel finish. Learn more at our showroom site.

The Kohler Chord Vessel Bowl. This unique vessel is rare in that it offers a mounted faucet option. With a clean, understated rim and a flat bottom, the Chord sink a compelling contemporary choice. Learn more at our showroom site.

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