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Concrete Trough Sink Trends 2023

The most interesting thing to come out of sink design in the last decade is the vessel or basin sink. Sinks are not an item that changes much over the years. So when the trough sink came on the scene a few years ago, designers collectively gasped.

What is a trough sink?

A trough is originally a large, long container for animal feed. Trough type sink came into the living space more than a hundred years ago, but it wasn’t until recently that they became a serious style contender.

Creative designers brought this concept to bathroom sinks in the mid Twenty-teens (somewhere around 2016). As more people became aware of this style, it exploded into a full-fledged trend starting in 2019.

The trough sink can be made with concrete (our favorite), porcelain, stone, or metal. It translates to nearly any design style from rustic country to modern contemporary.

Functionally, the trough sink is simple and efficient. It usually has just one drain but has room for multiple faucets. It’s essentially a double vanity in a single vanity style. Their one-piece design is easier to clean and maintain because it has fewer seams, which are magnets for grime and bacterial growth.

Though still in its infancy, the trough sink is coming into its own with various styles and types. Take a look at what’s available, what’s hot, and what the future might hold for the concrete trough sink.

Trough Sink Trends

There’s enough interest in trough sinks in the market that many different styles are available. Some are more popular than others, so here’s what designers favor for 2023.

Ramp Sink

All sink basins slope in order to direct water toward the drain. This is really important because any water left standing in a sink ultimately creates mineral build-up, bacterial growth, and other nasty stuff you don’t want in your bathroom sink.

This is where ramp sinks come in. A ramp sink angles the slope from front to back with straight sides. The drain runs along the entire back of the sink and drains down a single pipe—called a trench drain.

Though the mechanics sound interesting, the best thing about a ramp sink is the look it creates. It’s ultra modern and sleek, perfect for today’s clean-lined bathroom designs.

Floating Sink

The wall-mounted or "floating" sink has been around for a long time because it is a staple of ADA compliant designs. It is attached to the wall with brackets or cleats and has no vanity or other support under it. But it’s more than just a fixture of an accessible bathroom.

The floating sink happens to go hand in hand with 2023’s hottest design styles like, modern, hygge, and other sleek, minimalist designs. It reduces bulkiness in the bathroom and creates a sense of airiness that designers love right now.

Integrated Vanity

The integrated vanity is a one-piece sink and countertop that sits atop a vanity or sink stand. It’s a perfect set up for a concrete trough sink. It’s seamless and right on trend in 2023 among the rest of the minimalist styles.

The vertical portions of the integrated sink (that form the front and sides of the countertop) are often extended beyond a regular depth. Most vanity countertops are an inch or less thick. The integrated concrete trough sink often includes an apron that makes the countertop look much thicker.

The best thing about a concrete trough sink in an integrated style is the ability to customize it. A custom finish on the apron adds detail that launches your bathroom style. Customize the color of your concrete trough sink to match any Pantone color or Benjamin Moore paint chip.

Vessel Trough Sink

The vessel trough sink combines the concept of a vessel sink (sits on top of the bathroom counter instead of sinking down into it) and a trough sink.

This type of trough sink also offers shapes beyond the usual rectangular: round or oval make a nice statement in a well appointed bathroom design. This beautiful vessel trough sink offers a rustic concrete look with an unusual edge finish that’s sure to set your bathroom design apart from the rest.

Single, Double, Triple

Though the very idea of a trough sink is to create a single large container, an emerging trend in 2023 is to keep the look of a trough but separate out two, or even three, separate sinks. You’ll still have the solid, thick-look trough style with individual sink spaces.

This is a great option for shared bathrooms for the kids so everyone can still have (and take care of) their own space. Check out this double vanity trough style sink.

Wall-mounted Faucets

In 2023 you’ll see lots of wall mounted faucets. That’s the kind that is attached to the wall rather than the deck of the sink. Spouts are one of the most popular styles for wall mounted faucets. They span from rustic European to ultra modern and everything in between.

Trough sinks are particularly well suited for wall-mounted faucets because of their larger size and different configuration. The one-piece construction sinks and wall-mounted faucets means no holes have to be drilled, increasing their water-tightness.

Deck-mounted faucets offer many stylish options as well, like the ever popular gooseneck. Gooseneck style also comes in many types that suit classic and modern alike. Also consider handle styles. Single handles adjust flow and temperature. Double knobs control cold and hot water separately. Touchless faucets bring a whole new element to bathroom design and functionality.

Concrete trough sinks are the way to go if you’re looking for more style from your bathroom design in 2023 Take a closer look at these on-trend trough sinks and start dreaming up your new bathroom today.

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