Sink and Faucet Combinations

One of the most important aspects of a bathroom design is how well the fixtures and accessories are paired with each other. Perhaps the most important two fixtures that will benefit from having a good combination is the sink and the faucet. These pieces are some of the most used in a bathroom design on a daily basis. Because of this, you need to find the best combination of functionality and beauty in order to maximize comfort. This guide will go over the types of sinks and faucets that are available and how you can use them together.

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Why Combinations Are Important

Pairing a beautiful faucet with your sink is an incredibly important aspect of bathroom design. The combinations will speak to the overall design of your bathroom while also being a functioning piece of your bathroom in terms of how effective it will be as a whole. These combinations are so important because it will affect the comfort level of your vanity area and it will also determine how accessible the area is. Your vanity area is one of the most used areas in your bathroom, so this should be near the top of your list of priorities. Some faucets will work with certain sinks and vice versa, so it is important to take your options into consideration.


The last thing you want is for your faucet to be incompatible with your bathroom sink. This is usually both a functional and design issue. If the sink you want doesn’t have space for a deck mounted faucet on the sink itself, pause. You might have to go with a new sink or a different style of faucet. There are several instances in which a similar issue can occur as far as incompatible designs are concerned. Aside from the actual functionality of the combination, you also want to focus on how the actual pairing will look. You want to make sure that your faucet complements your sink perfectly and vice versa. A beautiful design is just as important to comfort as a functional and accessible fixture.

Undermount Sinks

Your bathroom sink is an absolutely crucial and necessary piece to your bathroom design. Washing your hands, brushing your teeth and other similar tasks are things that you will be doing every day. Due to this, it is extremely important that the quality of your sink is top notch. There are a number of different sinks that you can incorporate in your bathroom design in order to achieve a beautiful design for your vanity area, all of which have their own unique features and design elements. One of the most popular sinks is the undermount sink.

This sink is mounted under your vanity countertop so that it is flush with the surface of the vanity. Undermount sinks are also one of the most common sinks because of how simple yet effective it is. The fact that it is flush with your countertop makes it very accessible and comfortable to use. An undermount should definitely be the sink you look at if you aren’t quite sure what sink you want. It’s great for everyday use by everybody who might be using that bathroom. The design of this sink also allows it to accommodate essentially any type of faucet. This is great in terms of versatility.

Vessel Sinks

One of the more beautiful and elegant sinks you can incorporate in your bathroom design is a vessel sink. Vessel sinks are sinks that are mounted on top of your vanity, creating a beautiful piece of art in the form of an effective fixture. The tops of vessel sinks will be raised a few inches above the surface of your vanity, so it is important that your vanity is at an appropriate height in order to accommodate this particular sink. Vessel sinks can come in a number of different shapes and sizes, so will definitely be able to find a sink that you will like.


As far as faucet pairings go, you will be slightly more limited, but not by much as all. Some vessel sinks will not have faucet holes in them, or the ability to drill faucet holes in them because of some of the bowl-like designs. However, there are many vessel sinks that are more akin to wall mounted or undermount sinks in terms of the inclusion of faucet holes. This is something to consider if you are in the market for a vessel bathroom sink.

Wall Mounted Sinks

Wall mounted sinks are great for a number of reasons. If you are trying to save space, this may be one of the best options to do so. A wall mounted sink will also have space underneath it so that you can store items. You don’t need a full sized vanity if you do have a wall mounted sink, so this is also something to consider. Vanities are important to a bathroom design in many cases. However, you can still use a vanity or some other storage unit in your bathroom if you need it. With that being said, many wall mounted sink designs allow them to be used as a vessel sink as well. This is great in terms of versatility, so this is something that you should take into consideration.


Faucet pairings can be a bit limited because the sink is on the wall. However, there are ways to incorporate the faucets that you want if the design features of the sink are in order. There are wall mounted sinks that have holes drilled in them for deck mounted faucets if you want to go that route. Wall mounted sinks will typically work very well with wall mounted faucets, making for a beautiful combination. It really comes down to the design features of the sink along with the size and shape to see which faucets will work with them.

Semi-Recessed Sinks

Semi-recessed sinks are very similar to undermount sinks and vessel sinks in a sense. These sinks are recessed into the vanity so that the sink is designated to sit below the surface of the vanity. It is essentially half undermount/drop-in sink half vessel sink. These sinks are good for vanity space while also being quite beautiful and stylish.


With that being said, it is important to note how the faucets will work with each specific sink. Similar to undermount sinks, you will be able to incorporate essentially any type of faucet. One thing that you do need to consider is how it is installed in your vanity. You should make sure that your vanity can accommodate this particular sink design. Many vanities are able to incorporate some form of a drop-in or undermount sink.

Bathroom Faucets vs. Kitchen Faucets

Bathroom faucets and kitchen faucets may look very similar, but there are some key differences in functionality and design. Faucets for your bathroom are designated for the bathroom and kitchen faucets should only be used in the kitchen. Bathroom faucets are smaller and simpler than kitchen faucets because you only need them for washing hands, brushing teeth and other similar tasks.

Kitchen faucets are bigger and have many features intended for cleaning dishes and utensils. They are also usually on a swivel and have detachable hose in order to reach every area of the sink for maximum efficiency. It is important that you do not use these types of faucets in an interchangeable manner. This will create some unnecessary issues or problems for you immediately.

Wall Mounted Faucets

Wall mounted faucets are very versatile and beautiful faucets that can be used in many different bathroom designs. These particular faucets can come in many different styles and operation methods, but will always be installed similarly. You do need to make sure that you have all of the necessary preparations in place to install the faucet. Because the plumbing will need to be inside of the wall, it will be a bit more difficult to install than other types of faucets. You also need to make sure the height and length are proper so there is no splashing. Just make sure the tubing and pipes have proper insulation. This shouldn't be overlooked, so make sure it is taken care of.

Wall mounted fixtures are a bit tricky because of this, but once they are installed, they are incredibly effective and useful. As mentioned previously, wall mounted faucets will pair wonderfully with wall mounted sinks, and in some cases, it is really the only way to incorporate a faucet.

Deck Mounted Faucets

A deck mounted faucet will be one of the easiest to install faucets and one of the most effective in terms of design as well. There are several different designs that a deck mounted faucet can have so it is important to take this into consideration for the sink that you want to pair with it. The main thing that you need to note is the amount of faucet holes you will need.

As far as pre-drilled holes are concerned, many sinks will either have one or three faucet holes. Single hole faucets usually come with a cover that will cover up the other two unused holes. They will also have one lever that will adjust temperature and water pressure. Three hole faucets will have a faucet and two handles to adjust temperature and water pressure. You do have the option for a professional to drill more holes in your faucet, but it is recommended that you try to find a sink that has the holes drilled already.

Combinations That Are Effective

There are a large number of different combinations that you can utilize in order to create a perfect sink and faucet pairing. One of the most common pairings is an undermount or drop-in sink and a deck mounted faucet because of how versatile and effective it can be. This combination will free up counter space and give you a beautiful piece of design in your bathroom. Another great combination is a wall mounted sink and a wall mounted faucet. This is great in a minimalist bathroom design because of the space conservation it promotes. Because they are also both wall mounted, it creates a cohesive aspect to your design.


To make this even better, try to make other areas of your bathroom incorporate floating fixtures to bring the whole design together. If you want a vessel sink for your vanity, consider a deck mounted faucet. Depending on the vessel sink that you use, the faucet can be installed either on the sink itself or the vanity. Some sinks can include the faucet, so it’ll be a great way to save space. However, if you have a sink that can not do this and the faucet has to be mounted on the vanity, it will be a very beautiful and stylish option. Either way you can be able to make this pairing beautiful.

Finishes, Colors and Materials

One of the most important things about combining fixtures is how they look. Chrome is a very popular finish for faucets, with other popular finishes being matte black and brushed nickel. These finishes are effective with many different sink designs because of the versatile colors they utilize. You should always be looking at the overall design of your bathroom and see which materials and colors will work.


Popular materials are ceramic most commonly, with other popular materials being metal or sometimes stone. White and matte black are very common and popular colors that you should take into consideration. When pairing them together you should focus on two things. First you should look at what you like and what you personally think is the perfect combination. Second, you should look at what the overall design of your bathroom will allow. These two things working in tandem will guarantee that you are using the right combination.

In Conclusion

When everything is said and done, the main goal of your sink and faucet pairing is to be comfortable and stylish. You should be able to look at your vanity area and be happy with how everything looks. Every time you use the bathroom, your sink and faucet should be comfortable to use and accessible at all times. Design is also incredibly important. All in all, you need to pick the combination that is right for you.