On the double: The rise and rise of the twin basin style statement

BathroomsFeatures Thu 22nd Oct 2020 by Nicola Hanley

On the double: The rise and rise of the twin basin style statement

On the double: The rise and rise of the twin basin style statement

Feature by Nicola Hanley | Thu 22nd Oct 2020

Nicola is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about interiors for 15 years. A former editor of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business magazine, she has also worked in PR and is now a freelance writer specialising in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. More

Why settle for one when you can have two? That’s the question increasingly being asked by bathroom designers when it comes to basins. “While many people manage with one basin between all occupants, a double basin can be the perfect excuse to be indulgent and add a touch of luxury,” says Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB. 

HiB’s round ceramic vessel basins are seen here with the Link 20cm open storage unit and twin Tranquil wall-hung units in anthracite

Newly available with an on-trend fluted finish, Artelinea’s Monolite collection, available exclusively at C.P. Hart, includes this twin vanity in Notte

Inspired by boutique hotels, double basins and twin vanity units are both beautiful and functional, so it’s no surprise that they are winning over consumers. “We have continued to see increased demand for double basins over recent years,” says Helen Clark, head of marketing at Utopia Bathrooms. While contemporary styles are certainly in vogue, classically designed twin vanity units have a loyal fan base too. “Traditionally-styled furniture ranges are extremely popular in a double basin configuration,” Clark adds.   

Coralux solid surface undermount basins top Utopia’s Contemporary Fitted furniture in Flat White and Copper

Teamed with mirrors and lighting, twin basins will create a real focal point in larger bathrooms.

Round matt grey ceramic Luxey vessel bowls add a luxurious touch to Bathrooms to Love from PJH’s 1200mm-wide Perla vanity unit, pictured in the new Marble-effect finish 

However, a smaller space doesn't necessarily mean they need to be ruled out and there are plenty of elegant slimmer designs.

With curvaceous edges, Clearwater’s new roll top basins, made from Natural Stone, include this 1000mm-wide double basin with stainless steel stand

Featuring pretty vintage detailing, Heritage Bathrooms’ Victoria double console basin is made from white vitreous china with chrome bottle traps

Indeed, ‘his and hers’ basins and vanity units can be a natural choice for en suites, which are often used by two people, notes Yousef Mansuri, head of design at C.P. Hart. “It is of great importance to consider this from the beginning,” he advises fellow designers. “From a practical point of view, if a couple get ready at the same time in the morning, they may require separate basin or vanity areas.” 

Suitable for wall or surface mounting, Kast’s Sienna twin basin is made from concrete and comes in 28 colours, including Forest

But it’s not just bathrooms and en suites where double basins are making their mark. According to VitrA’s marketing manager Margaret Talbot, they are popping up in bedrooms now too. “Double vanity units are being specified for use in bedrooms as a dedicated personal grooming space, somewhere separate to the rest of the household. Combined with innovative storage solutions and beautiful LED lighting on mirrors and inside furniture, double vanity units can make the morning grooming time a pleasure, whether in the bathroom, dressing room or en suite.”

From VitrA’s Designer Collection, the Equal double vanity basin, designed by Claudio Bellini, comes in elm, pictured, and patterned black oak

And introducing some statement brassware and striking decor can often add the perfect finishing touch to a super-luxe space.

The special edition, white-gold Graffiti countertop basins from Glass Design are made from Florence Glass Atelier crystal using artisanal crystal forming and decorating techniques

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