The Different Bathroom Basins

There is such a wide selection of bathroom basins available on the market today and this can make the decision on which one to add to your bathroom a very difficult one. With such a wide selection to choose from, you should embrace the ability to find the one perfect match that will complement your bathroom space, rather than feel frustrated that there are just too many to choose from.

Years ago you had one choice, the traditional basin with full pedestal. Where was the excitement in that? Today there are counter top bathroom basins, inset designs, modern choices, glass options and wall hung styles. Designing a modern bathroom has never been easier.

Counter top basin

Counter Top Bathroom Basin

The Selection

Counter top bathroom basins have become a very popular choice. These can be mounted on top of a counter or a slab, depending on how you have designed your bathroom. These basins are available in a choice of modern designs from the stunning rounds to square designs or even the bespoke designs.

These counter top bathroom basins blend in with any modern bathroom design and can make a great statement to the space, adding elegance, sophistication and style to any bathroom.

The glass basins are also a popular choice and a good selection for smaller bathrooms where you want to maximise light. These basins are made to the highest quality and are exceptionally durable, which means they will not break when you place hot water in them. These glass basins are available in a similar design to the counter top bathroom basins where they can be mounted on a counter top or slab to make a statement in your bathroom.

The biggest advantage with counter top bathroom basins is that you don’t have to have that full pedestal any more, the plumbing can be added in the cabinet below or you can use a bottle trap that is minimalistic and makes cleaning the bathroom easier than every before as there is nothing under the basin so you can just swipe it with the mop.

For a stylish modern bathroom design choose your counter top bathroom basins to match the shape of your bath or shower enclosure, if you have chosen square with straight edges, stick to the design. The same applies if you have chosen an oval bath or a shower enclosure with a curved edge, choose a round counter top bathroom basin to blend in with the space.

Are Glass Bathroom Basins The Right Choice For You?

What I love about designing a bathroom is the choice available. Many years ago you only had one choice when it came to your bathroom basin, they were semi circle in shape with a large white pedestal. Today these options are varied enabling you to complete a modern design bathroom with ease.

One of my favourite basins for modern bathrooms is the glass bathroom basins. Just because they’re made from glass, don’t let them fool you. They are toughened glass which are durable and can stand the heat of the bathroom. Of course you do need to take some care such as not dropping heavy items into the basin so you don’t crack it, but you would probably do that with a regular basin too, as they tend to chip, your glass basin if cared for will not chip.

glass basin

Square Glass Basin

Shapes Available

Because you’re considering glass bathroom basins for your new bathroom space doesn’t mean you will be restricted on the shape available. You can get these basins in circular designs, oval designs and square options. What I always suggest is to keep your design flowing so if you have chosen a square bath and toilet, choose a square bathroom basin.

Various Designs

When looking at glass bathroom basins you will not be forced to choose only one design. There is the circular design with glass lip or the plain and minimalistic options. The majority of the designs are smaller at the bottom and widen at the top, giving them that elegant and sophisticated finish.

Then there are those that come with a pedestal, now when you think pedestal don’t imagine those white bases that bathroom basins used to have. The glass bathroom basins come with elegant chrome pedestals which are minimalistic and work beautifully in any modern bathroom.

There is the minimalist design which has chrome legs and bars that you can use to hang your hand towels that fits to the wall with ease and then there is my personal favourite, the chrome pedestal with glass shelves. Combining the glass shelves, chrome legs and glass bathroom basins together gives your design that superior luxury feel that will be the centre piece of any bathroom design.

Remember that by using glass in your bathroom you are automatically making the space feel lighter and brighter which will enhance your bathroom design.

An Easy Guide To Selecting Basin Taps

When choosing basin taps there are a few things to take into consideration, while you may see taps that really appeal to you, you need to ensure they blend in with all your other bathroom fixtures and fittings and that they will work with your new bathroom basin.

Tap Mountings

Before you go online and buy your new basin taps you will need to determine where and how you intend to mount your new taps. Does your basin have two tap holes or one? How close together are the two holes? These are important factors you need to take into consideration and that will help you find the right taps on your first try.

Basin Mixer tap

Phoenix WF Series Basin Mixer Tap

The basin taps you get are pillar taps, these are when you have two holes in your basin, one for hot and one for cold. Preferably if you have chosen a basin with these holes your bath will be the same.

Mixer basin taps are for when you have one hole in your basin for your tap, these taps use the same outlet for both hot and cold, mixing the water to your desired temperature and pressure.

The Finish

Your basin taps should be finished the same as all the other taps in your bathroom. My personal favourite is chrome, it blends in beautifully with the white bathroom products and is very modern and stylish.

There are a variety of materials to choose from, but if you are looking for elegance and style you may want to go with the chrome finish where you can match your bath taps, shower head and even your designer radiator to your basin taps.

Complementing The Space

The one mistake I have seen so many households make when choosing bathroom taps is not taking the design of the bathroom into consideration. Taps are available in the traditional design or very ultra-modern designs such as the stunning ZD Series Mono Basin Mixer, which is straight edged and modern with an unusual curve.

Now this basin tap may be what you have been dreaming of but will look out of place in a traditional or cottage bathroom. The same as if you are designing a modern bathroom and your bathroom products are all square and stylish, then the traditional pillar taps such as the JA Series basin taps would look out of place and ruin your overall design.

Top Tips For Choosing Bathroom Basins

Whether you are searching online or you have wandered from store to store looking for a bathroom basin, there are a few tips that can really help you find the ones that best work with your bathroom design.


The first thing you should do before you even start looking at bathroom basins is to put a budget together. If you are remodelling your entire bathroom, set your budget for each item you need, this will make it so much easier when it comes to what is available for you.

wall hung basin

Envoy Wall Hung Basin

While there are many different types of bathroom basins, they vary in price. Having a budget can reduce your search, making it easier to find the perfect basin for your bathroom.


Bathroom basins don’t only come in one design, there are plenty of them and you need some idea of what you are looking for. Modern bathrooms will look spectacular with inset basins while the modern traditional bathroom may benefit from wall hung or modern basins.

Whenever you are looking at the basin designs available you need to ensure they will blend in with your current bathroom design, they will work with your bathroom products you have already chosen and most of all, they will make a statement.

The inset basins not only make a statement, they are modern and exceptionally stylish and will definitely become the talking point of your bathroom design. They are easy to install and recessed into a worktop, they are minimalistic and sophisticated.


While design and budget are very important when looking for bathroom basins, practicality is just as important. You need to look at how practical the basin is in your bathroom. For compact bathrooms inset basins can be the best choice, they reduce the amount of floor space you need, making them a very practical choice.

Every day people make mistakes when choosing their bathroom basins, it’s easy to think that a basin will work but once your bathroom is completed, your basin doesn’t do the room justice. This is why you need a plan, a bathroom layout and a vision. Being able to imagine your completed bathroom will help you make the right choice, carrying the same style throughout your bathroom really helps. Choose inset basins when you are designing a modern bathroom, ensure your basin works with your toilet and bath, choose your taps to match throughout and enjoy the finished product.

Elegant Counter Top Bathroom Basins For Any Bathroom

What is one of the first things you notice when you walk into a friend’s bathroom for the first time? Is it the overall design of the bathroom? Is it the mess lying all over the place? Or are you like me that pays special attention to the basin they have chosen.

Yes I know it sounds crazy, but I love to see what basins people have in their bathrooms. Often the basins they choose never really matches the rest of the bathroom, which is why I’ve taken this opportunity to discuss the elegant and modern designed counter top bathroom basins.

Anyone who is remodelling their bathrooms in a modern design should take a look at these fabulous counter top bathroom basins which can fit easily into any modern bathroom design, offering a focal point, a beautiful basin masterpiece and a “wow” factor that I think we all hope to achieve in our bathrooms.

Counter top basin

Counter Top Bathroom Basin

My Top Choices

There are four of these counter top bathroom basins that really stand out for me, they are all Phoenix and they all are in a brilliant white, perfect for the stylish and modern bathroom.

The round counter top bathroom basins are one of my favourites. I can picture these in a cottage styled bathroom or the most modern and minimalist bathroom. Being completely circular with a very deep bowl, these basins really stand out. What’s best is there is no place for a tap, so you can choose your taps to attach above the basin on the wall and flow like a waterfall into the deep bowl, simply stunning and very stylish.

Then there are the rectangular design. Again these are deep bowled designs in a brilliant white. What is so great about these counter top bathroom basins is that they are the ideal choice when all your bathroom items are square, such as a square shower, square toilet or even a square bath, they match the décor and add an elegant flair to the bathroom space.

There is a very unique rectangular shape as well which always catches my eye when looking at counter top bathroom basins. This design has a flat back but a curved front, again in the deep bowl design. It is unique and something different to add to a bathroom, giving it a sophisticated look and a definite “wow” factor.

And last is my favourite of all the counter top bathroom basins, the square design. This design is so unique that if I could I would have it in every single bathroom design throughout the country. These basins have a circular base that raise up into a square design with spectacular curved edges. This unique design is simple, stylish and sophisticated and is a welcome addition to any modern bathroom design.