Over the last few years, there has been a growing desire to install basins made from concrete, stone or a coloured ceramic, other than white. White basins have been the norm in many bathrooms for good reasons. Reasons I will explain below.
An editor from Houzz recently commented that white basins would be replaced by stone or concrete basins in predicted bathroom trends for 2018. This comment didn’t surprise me, because it’s a natural inclination to follow a trend and change something that is usually the done thing. But when it comes to basins, I think white is always best. In fact I think white basins trump all other basin styles and colours, and here are some reasons why.
Why White Basins Trump All Other Basin Styles and Colours
1. Versatile with Coloured Tapware.
They are versatile with any coloured tapware. Whether you choose, gold, brass, copper, rose gold, stainless, black or even white taps, a white basin can pull off whatever coloured tapware you choose. Some stones and even black basins, can’t carry off coloured tapware as well as a white basin can. Black on black doesn’t give the same effect as white on white.
2. Easy to clean.
A white ceramic basin is easy to clean. There aren’t too many cleaners that will damage the outer surface. Unlike concrete and stone where care must be taken.
3. They require little maintenance.
For stone or marble basins, these can crack and require maintenance and in some instances, complete replacement, depending on the depth of the crack. Cement basins will require resealing as part of a maintenance routine. White ceramic basins only require a clean once a week (or more if needed), making it a great basin for those who are busy and don’t have time to faff about.
4. Camouflages waste and mess.
Think about the colours of the products you use and the colour of bathroom scum. Foamed toothpaste = white, foamed soap = white – generally speaking. A white basin can somewhat camouflage these substances. If left on a concrete or dark stone, basin, not so. It sticks out like a sore thumb. Usually a PVC waste is in white, and it naturally looks better with a white basin, than any other coloured basin. If the waste is exposed, usually a bottle trap or chrome trap will be used. The benefit of using a white basin, is the waste pipes will match with the basin if you have a floating, open shelved, vanity.
5. Readily available.
White basins are generally readily available and come in a range of styles to suit the design of your bathroom and your personal style. Concrete usually has to be made to order and stone basins only come in a small range of styles (and colours) and may be limited in supply.
6. White basins are budget friendly.
All other basin styles are usually more expensive and often require more thought when mounting and installing them. For example, concrete basins are HEAVY and require appropriate brackets and support to ensure it doesn’t collapse the vanity it’s been installed on.
The cons about white basins, are they can develop a brown ring near the plug and waste. Katrina Chambers shares how you can get rid of this ring though. It’s more prevalent in square basins or plane basins, where the slope in the basin has a shallow incline, which makes the water pool around the waste.
White basins aren’t prone as much to scratches or breaks – they can happen, but are rare and can usually be buffed out with a cream cleanser.
Always choose a reputable brand of basin. Purchasing your basin from Reece or Tradelink (in Australia) will ensure your purchase details are kept on file and warranty issues can be sorted – if needed.
As much as I don’t mind the look of concrete, stone or marble basins, white basins will get my vote (and my dollars) every time.
If you’re wanting to add something unique to your bathroom, choose coloured tapware, a free standing bath or a unique feature tile instead.