5 Key Bathroom Basin Materials For Your Renovation

5 Key Bathroom Basin Materials For Your Renovation

A newfound focus on product materiality in the bathroom has revolutionised the hard-working basin. Previously seen as a functional item, basins are now an eye-catching statement piece.

When renovating your bathroom, the basin’s material needs to be as much of a consideration as its shape. 

Basins these days range from innovative ceramics and composite stone to even metal in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Here are five of our favourite materials that combine style with durability, to stand the test of time.

The power of glass enamelled steel

Leading the charge is glass enamelled steel, a material that provides a seamlessly sleek look while also being guaranteed to last.

The latest iteration of glass enamelled steel basins from Alape, Circa Terra, expands the range with exquisite matte earthy colours and a rounder shape.

From a dusky gravel to a soft baby blue, Alape's range of bathroom basins means you can bring cool textures into your space.

  • Circa Terra in Gravel

  • Circa Terra in Nordic

  • Circa Terra in Oyster

The unique basins are created by pressing three layers of steel with an enamel coating, making it incredibly scratch-resistant. 

The process is something Alape's experts have perfected over the last 125 years, making it their special sauce. You’d be hard pressed to find something bursting with more character on your countertop!

Our product pick: If you're looking to make a statement, choose from these Alape Circa basins

The organic feel of solid surface

Solid surface bathroom basins have a slightly porous, matte finish, which mimics the texture of natural stone. 

This organic feel, combined with how versatile the material is, makes it the ideal choice if you are designing a tactile space inspired by day spa experiences.

The stone-like appeal of solid surface is great for hotel-inspired or day spa bathroom environments.

Our product pick: The Kado Lussi Basin has smooth curves that add to the look and feel of the solid surface finish.

The sophistication of FineCeramic

FineCeramic is one of two great innovations when it comes to the ceramic we all know and love, and Spanish bathroom brand Roca has perfected this ultra-fine material. FineCeramic basins are durable, thin-edged and incredibly lightweight, too.

Here you can see the thin-edged design that a material like FineCeramic is able to achieve.

Our product pick: The Roca Inspira is a classically inspired basin with a thin form, making it ideal for sophisticated bathroom styles.

The sapphire of basin finishes

Another innovative European material, SaphirKeramik is a resilient, thin edged and incredibly hard-wearing version of ceramic. With SaphirKeramik, LAUFEN have achieved basins that are 2-3mm thick without neglecting the basin’s purpose in the bathroom.

SaphirKeramik is resistant to all the strong detergents, UV light, and small abrasions and bumps that are part of any busy bathroom. Discover more about the power of this material here.

LAUFEN has re-created soundwaves in its SONAR range, thanks to SaphirKeramik.

Our product pick: These SONAR basins are available in two sizes, perfect for single or double vanities.

The classic qualities of porcelain

Porcelain’s affordability, classic look and durability make it a highly practical option for your bathroom, especially if it’s an inset basin that you’re after.

A classic selection for years, porcelain is a proven material when it comes to bathroom basins.

Our product pick: The Posh Solus semi-inset basin is a contemporary style that’s an all-round favourite.