At the start of the year, we predicted that curves would boast a prime place in the top bathroom trends for 2023. It's no surprise then, to see interior designers and celebrities alike echoing this luxe design style for 2024.
Inspired by the Art Deco movement, bringing curves into the bathroom, and more specifically curved sinks, is a design feature we're seeing cropping up recently; from recent projects by esteemed interior designer Kelly Wearstler to the pool bathroom of Emma Chamberlain's Los Angeles home, which was designed by Proem Studio.
'Curved sinks are becoming more and more popular, largely because of the sleek and elegant imagery they bring to a bathroom,' explains bathroom design expert Richard Mann. 'This contemporaneous design can work very well inside modern bathrooms with minimalist organization. They are also frequently used as a focal point of a bathroom because of their striking impression.'
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Channel the decadence of art-deco
Inspired by the Art Deco movement, which is all about symmetry, opulent colors, and luxe materials, curved sinks certainly nod to this style of design. Their statement shape demands attention in the room whilst they look endlessly sophisticated thanks to the soft curves as opposed to harsh lines.
'While some might view curved sinks as a current trend, the vessel or curved vanity and sink has its roots in the Art Nouveau and Deco movements and their advantages position them as a lasting design choice,' explains interior designer Nicholas Kaiko.
Nicholas Kaiko, founder of Kaiko Design Interiors, is a highly sought-after interior designer based in Sydney, Australia. With over a decade of experience in the interior design industry, Nic has honed his skills as an interior architect and decorator, working on luxury hotels and high-end residential projects both locally and internationally.
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Consider material choice
When it comes to choosing bathroom materials to use in curved sinks, there are a number of options to choose from. While Kelly Wearstler's design features heavy stone that looks instantly luxe with rich veining detailing, Emma Chamberlain's is made from a solid wooden base while the top is kept simple is a sleek off-white.
Kaiko explains: 'The materiality of a sink can elevate its design. Stone, as depicted in the Kelly Wearstler image, with its timeless elegance and natural variance, makes for stunning curved sinks.'
'However, budget constraints don't mean compromising on aesthetics. Man-made materials like laminates offer an abundance of color and finish options, while materials like Corian and concrete provide a modern, seamless look,' says Kaiko.
Balance practicality with style
Not only are curved sinks an aesthetic choice for the bathroom but they're also praised for their practical qualities, as Kaiko explains: 'Curved sinks, with their smooth profiles, not only lend a contemporary feel but also simplify cleaning. The absence of sharp corners also makes them safer, especially in homes with young children.'
However, it is also important to be aware of the practicality of your choice of material, as Mann suggests: 'The sink is a particularly vulnerable area to spread any stains, simply because of the amount of water that touches the surfaces.'
Richard Mann is the founder and owner of bathroom company, Premier Porcelain – and has over 25 years within the tile industry. With a keen eye for design and a passion for innovation, Richard transformed his company into a market leader renowned for its exceptional indoor tiles while establishing himself as an authority on bathroom interior design.
Looking for some more design inspiration for the bathroom? We spoke to the design experts to round up our favorite bathroom ideas, spanning a wide range of styles to suit your preferences.
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Emily Moorman is a News Writer at Homes & Gardens, working across a range of topics spanning interiors, celebrity and emerging trends. With a background in the fashion industry, Emily is well-versed in the world of design and trend cycles. Her undergraduate degree was in Fashion Communication and Promotion which she studied at Norwich University of The Arts, specialising in writing and digital communications.
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