There’s something very glamorous about a basin atop a washstand. It’s a style that transforms a functional piece of sanitaryware into a thing of beauty. Mixing different designs and materials also allows you to break away from the traditional bathroom format –and you can add texture and choose sustainable, natural materials.
Wood and stone make fabulous partners, combining a rustic grain, speckling and veining. Choosing a wooden washstand with a larger top surface provides room for essential items and scope to dress the area with plants or ornaments, whilst stands with shelves under provide valuable storage. Indigenous’ designs include the Reclaimed Teak Washstand and a new Petrified Wood Vanity, with a distinct natural edge, set atop an oak base, handmade in the UK.
If you change any of the elements – the leg gate, the shelf format (solid or slatted), the basin or the washstand – you can create a very different look. Indigenous’ Onyx basin – with its rugged exterior and striking tiger-stripe – creates a very organic feel. This can be taken a step further by choosing a Tree Trunk Pedestal Washstand or, for a more glamorous, artisan look, there’s the monochrome Bone Inlay Washstand.
Stone Resin, Riverstone boulder, metal and Crystal Rock basins also work beautifully with wood, or why not switch the materials and opt for a Petrified Wood basin and a stone vanity. The options are endless. You can also double-up a design by opting for a double washstand with two basins, or one single elongated basin. Or, there’s the option of a floating washstand for a sleek, weightless look; accessorise with a statement mirror and store towels in a large woven or wicker basket underneath. The basin and washstand isn’t matchy-matchy but neither is it hotch-potch. It gives you freedom to curate a bathroom and dress it as you would a bedroom or living room, for a truly individual look.
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