Glass for that glamour
Various new designs in bathroom sinks, washbasins catch our eye
PHOTOS: MOHAMMED YOUSUF
TOUCH OF CLASS: Glass washbasins have unmatched elegance.
BATHROOM SINKS are available in a very wide range. Ceramic basins are the most tried and tested but for those who want to add a little glamour to their bathrooms, glass basins are a newer trend.
With glass, designers have been able to incorporate rich colours, interesting textures and creative patterns. Glass bowls are normally set with iron bases or chrome stands. They can also be used on traditional countertops.
These basins come in various styles... stained glass, embossed with terracotta designs, transparent glass, frosted glass etc.
Most glass sinks come in set sizes and round shapes, but oval, square and fluted designs are also available and are especially beautiful. Toughened glass, although a little more expensive, is a better option than ordinary glass.
"The glass holds up well but extreme temperature changes and pouring boiling water on ice-cold glass should be avoided. The price of these designer bowls starts at Rs. 4,000. Other trendy materials include marble, granite and copper. Marble and granite sinks are durable and can be installed on a granite countertop, half-embedded in the top or in a pedestal stand," says Deepak Kapoor, Proprietor, A.K. Enterprises, Infantry Road. The double sink option is extremely useful for couples who are always on the move. One sink is generally mounted higher for the male counterpart.
This allows both partners to use the space at the same time when in a hurry or simply gives them an opportunity for conversation. So, there is added storage for items that tend to clutter up valuable counter space below.
Metal bathroom sinks too are a popular trend. Homeowners are choosing designs in brass, stainless steel, chrome and copper to give their bathroom sink a contemporary feel.
These metals can also be used in combination with glass or porcelain elements for innovative design combinations. "Bathroom sink bowls can be installed on any solid base, creating endless options for bathroom designs.
Any piece of furniture can be used to support a bathroom sink, including low bureaus, small tables and cabinets. Plumbing is concealed in the top portion of the furniture piece, leaving the rest of the unit usable for storage," says Vivek Mundhra of Bath Store.
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