Here on the Sweeten blog, we aim to translate insight from NYC renovators and contractors into information you can use to make better decisions about improving your home. If you are looking to remodel an outdated or less-than-functional bathroom in New York (where showers, sinks, and toilets are mere centimeters apart), chances are good that your space limits the choices you can make and puts pressure on multi-functional pieces. New Yorkers place extra demands on sink vanities: all-purpose storage and prep-for-the-day spaces in a land free of actual linen closets. This week: we’ve rounded up a few of our most favorite (and all-around most compact) bathroom vanities and sinks from Sweeten renovation projects.
Wood vanities are a trend we’re seeing more commonly in white-on-white bathrooms – wooden accents and raw finishes provide warmth in an otherwise clean and minimalist color palette.
Ellen in Brooklyn worked with Sweeten Expert Alan to convert and customize a West Elm side table into a vanity with plumbing, while adding a marble countertop and Kohler vessel above-counter sink to shield the wood from water exposure.
Pallavi in Murray Hill juxtaposed a modern black and white bathroom with a custom-built wood vanity designed by Sweeten Expert Pedro and installed a Duravit Bacino sink and Kohler Purist wall-mounted faucets to save counter space.
White vanities are a classic and simple centerpiece in all-white bathrooms that can create a clean and relaxing feel as well as a sense of spaciousness.
Inspired by minimalist Scandinavian design, Clinton Hill homeowners worked with Sweeten Expert Kris to install a white IKEA sink cabinet – a cost-saving piece with deep drawers that provides more storage than the pedestal sink it replaced.
Megan and Ryan on the Upper East Side opted for an ornate off-white sink console topped with Carrera marble from Pottery Barn with accessible drawer storage to best fit the bathroom’s available width and depth.
Open Sink Consoles
Open sink consoles are space-saving alternatives without under-cabinet drawers or shelving units that help make a small bathroom appear larger and more open.
To complement the clean lines of the large-format subway wall tiles and play up the colorful encaustic floor tiles, Pepper and Marshall in Washington Heights went with an open sink console with symmetrical piping from Signature Hardware.
Grazyna and Howard in the Lower East Side specifically wanted to avoid the all-white bath approach and felt inspired by the color and flow of water. Howard designed a cutting-edge (no pun intended!) semi-open sink vanity with minimal footprint and Sweeten Expert Alan created a base that seamlessly joins the engineered stone waterfall counter with the floor tile. This futuristic vanity is also equipped with a towel rod for easy placement of hand towels that help to conceal under-sink plumbing.
Foregoing conventional vanity and under-cabinet storage, wall-mounted sinks are fixed to the wall and free up floor space in small bathrooms. For max counter space and minimal upkeep, a few of these renovations also included wall-mounted faucet fixtures.
To accentuate modern elements in their bathroom design and to leave the striking floor tile uninterrupted, Ben and Therese in Brooklyn Heights went with a wall-mounted Bissonnet ceramic sink and faucet fixtures.
Ellen and Ben in Brooklyn opted for a wall-mounted sink and streamlined faucet features with a single handle, leaving just enough room for narrow countertop display and a hanging towel rod.
A family of Upper East Side homeowners chose a wall-mounted Pozzi Ginori sink with asymmetrical corner counters and Grohe plumbing fixtures, leaving storage demands to a niche of cedar storage shelves and a compact cabinet.
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