Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom

Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom shares a bathroom in our home created DIY style from scratch. Can you even believe it has been four years since I began sharing adventures from our DIY whole house makeover when we downsized by half? In this timeless classic bathroom, a stunning luxurious console sink plays a starring role in our favorite DIY home project of 2018.

A classic bathroom by Hello Lovely Studio with brushed nickel accents, console sink (DXV Oak Hill), and Seabury widespread faucet (Grohe).
Hello Lovely Studio. Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom…certainly lovely indeed. Bathroom design and decorating ideas: bathroom console sinks and traditional style widespread faucets. Sink: DXV Oak Hill. Faucet: Grohe Seabury. Wallpaper: Thibaut Lizette. Towel: Pamuk & Co. Candle: Diptyque.

Even if you’re not keen on console sinks, I hope you’ll keep scrolling to see the dramatic before/after photos of our DIY bathroom!

Classic Bathroom Overview

Why was it a favorite project? Because we started out with a dark dungeon! What we loved most about working on this bathroom project was (1) there was no demo (with all the dust and dumpsters entwined with such territory), and (2) the investment value adding a full bath to our home added for future resale.

You won't believe how this ugly basement space looks now that we added a pretty, spa-like bathroom! #DIY #bathroomdesign #renovation #beforeandafter
The dungeon it was! That storage room remains, but the area near all the drywall on right is now a bath!

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Cheery and neutral Thibaut wallpaper (Lizette) in a classic bathroom with Seabury widespread faucet (Grohe) and DXV Oak Hill consolesink. Design by Hello Lovely Studio.
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Timeless Bathroom Console Sink

The beautiful sink really does set the tone for this bathroom as the splurge item in the space. The other fixtures in this bathroom are fairly standard but highly functional. In addition to keeping costs for the construction project down, we opted for a tub/shower combo unit…super easy to maintain since cleaning shower tile grout is not my idea of weekend fun.

Classic and modern farmhouse decor elements combine in this bathroom with console sink (DXV Oak Hill) and Thibaut wallpaper. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom…certainly lovely indeed. Bathroom design and decorating ideas: bathroom console sinks and traditional style widespread faucets. Sink: DXV Oak Hill. Faucet: Grohe Seabury. Wallpaper: Thibaut Lizette. Towel: Pamuk & Co. Candle: Diptyque.

DXV Oak Hill Bathroom Sink With Console

Here’s the exact luxurious console sink with fireclay farmhouse basin from DXV (a luxury branch of American Standard) we chose for the bathroom. It’s pricey and must be special ordered from a showroom, but I am also sharing plenty of other timeless bathroom console sinks with friendly price tags to consider.

DXV Oak Hill Bathroom Sink With console and fireclay basin
DXV Oak Hill Bathroom Sink With Console and Fireclay Basin.
DXV Oak Hill Bathroom Sink With Console and Fireclay Basin
DXV Oak Hill Bathroom Sink With Console and Fireclay Basin.

Here’s another luxurious Oak Hill option from DXV – this one with a vanity.

DXV Oak Hill Console Bathroom Sink With Vanity
DXV Oak Hill Console Bathroom Sink With Vanity.
A subdued palette and classic style in this bathroom by Hello Lovely Studio with DXV Oak Hill bathroom console sink and Seabury widespread bathroom faucet (Grohe).
Hello Lovely Studio. Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom…certainly lovely indeed. Bathroom design and decorating ideas: bathroom console sinks and traditional style widespread faucets. Sink: DXV Oak Hill. Faucet: Grohe Seabury. Wallpaper: Thibaut Lizette. Towel: Pamuk & Co. Candle: Diptyque.

Bathroom Console Sink Ideas

Console sinks for the bathroom vary widely in price and configuration even when you narrow your search down to traditional, classic, and timeless bathroom console sinks.

Fireclay Bathroom Vessel Sinks

I knew I would love our new fireclay bathroom sink basin because I had been living with our fireclay farm sink for years and adore it. When we were designing this bathroom, I considered repurposing an antique victrola cabinet which has been in our family for many years as a vanity. My thought was we could place a fireclay vessel sink on top like the examples below.

Rectangular Vessel Bathroom Sink Basin

Square Vessel Sink Basin

Viva Vitreous China Square Vessel Bathroom Sink
Kraus Square Vessel Bathroom Sink, $110
A striped Turkish towel is perfect on this console sink's metal base. Design by HelloLovelyStudio - DXV Oak Hill Bathroom Console Sink.
Hello Lovely Studio

Grohe Bathroom Widespread Faucet With Cross Handles

The brushed nickel finish and cross handles on our Grohe widespread bathroom faucet make me very happy! Keep in mind, when you’re ordering the brushed nickel finish option, the faucet handles are sold separately.

Velvety soft and classic, Grohe's Seabury widespread 8" bathroom faucet with cross handles adds timeless design and high end charm to a classic bathroom by #HelloLovelystudio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom…certainly lovely indeed. Bathroom design and decorating ideas: bathroom console sinks and traditional style widespread faucets. Sink: DXV Oak Hill. Faucet: Grohe Seabury. Wallpaper: Thibaut Lizette. Towel: Pamuk & Co. Candle: Diptyque.

Here’s the exact model in our timeless bathroom.

Grohe Seabury Bathroom Faucet in Chrome

If you like chrome finishes, here’s the same bathroom faucet option in chrome.

What Makes This Bathroom Design Timeless and Classic?

While descriptive words like ‘timeless’ and ‘classic’ are subjective indeed when applied to design, for me, they suggest traditional styles which stand the test of time and trends. While we have a modern shower/bath in the space, I used a shower curtain to keep things feeling more traditional and vintage. The etched mirrors add age to the bathroom design, and I even used an antique light fixture in the ceiling. It came out of our very first home we bought and renovated – a Chicago bungalow.

A gorgeous and classic widespread bathroom faucet (Seabury by GROHE) is paired with a DXV Oak Hill bathroom console sink in this timeless classic bath by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

Storage Woes With a Bathroom Console Sink

It is indeed a serious consideration to add a console sink to your bathroom design if you have limited storage. In this bathroom we added to our home, we had enough space to add a deep linen closet as well as space on either side of the toilet for storage of towels and essentials. For additional storage needs, you could easily add a basket beneath the console sink.

While we didn’t add a medicine cabinet to this bathroom, it would definitely be a smart choice since sink vanity storage is lost with this type of console configuration.

An elegant console sink, wallpaper, and a Venetian mirror in a classic, spa-like timeless classic bathroom by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom…certainly lovely indeed. Bathroom design and decorating ideas: bathroom console sinks and traditional style widespread faucets. Sink: DXV Oak Hill. Faucet: Grohe Seabury. Wallpaper: Thibaut Lizette. Towel: Pamuk & Co. Candle: Diptyque.

Decorative P-Trap for Console Sinks

Console sink bases are wonderful when you want to make a more vintage, airy, sophisticated design statement. However, if your eye goes straight to ugly plastic plumbing pipes underneath…oy! Make sure you know your options for adding a decorative P-trap for plumbing under the console sink so you don’t have to settle for seeing ugly plastic or pvc!

Nice gams, DXV console!

Detail of the brushed nickel legs on DXV Oak Hill Bathroom Console Sink in #modernfarmhouse #bathroom by #HelloLovelyStudio
Hello Lovely Studio. DXV Oak Hill Console Sink. Flooring is here.

Leggy Good Looks on a Console Sink

Lovely brushed nickel legs lend an airy elegance in the bath, and the built in towel bar spells an opportunity to drape a fabulous Turkish towel.

Brushed nickel legs on DXV's Oak Hill console sink in a timeless classic bathroom by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom…certainly lovely indeed. Bathroom design and decorating ideas: bathroom console sinks and traditional style widespread faucets. Sink: DXV Oak Hill. Faucet: Grohe Seabury. Wallpaper: Thibaut Lizette. Towel: Pamuk & Co. Candle: Diptyque.
Detail of the brushed nickel widespread Seabury bathroom faucet by Grohe with cross handles. Its classic design is perfect for a timeless classic bathroom by Hello Lovely Studio!
Hello Lovely Studio

Classic Traditional Style Brushed Nickel Grohe Bathroom Faucet

When you’re after a classic look and high quality, I highly recommend ‘buying once and crying once.’ All that means is spending a little more on a higher quality fixture so you won’t be replacing it in a couple of years. Grohe’s Seabury 8″ widespread bathroom faucet in brushed nickel has classically simple and serene good looks, and the cross handles feel very 1920s to me. Velvety finish? Check. Superb hand feel? Affirmative.

Profile of a beautiful widespread bathroom faucet by Grohe (Seabury) and DXV bathroom console sink. Design by #HelloLovelyStudio
Hello Lovely Studio. Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom…certainly lovely indeed. Bathroom design and decorating ideas: bathroom console sinks and traditional style widespread faucets. Sink: DXV Oak Hill. Faucet: Grohe Seabury. Wallpaper: Thibaut Lizette. Towel: Pamuk & Co. Candle: Diptyque.
A stripe Turkish towel rests on a rustic bath stool with candle and boxwood branch in antique glass bottle. Design by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

More Timeless Decor Details in the Classic Bathroom

Light Grey Paint Color on Walls

Image result for benjamin moore classic gray
BENJAMIN MOORE Classic Gray

Etched Venetian Mirrors

Big fan of Venetian mirrors here, and you may recall I had these mirrors in our prior French country home’s entry. Since they were in storage, it was great to dust them off and bring them into service.

Wallpaper by Thibaut, Venetialn mirror, and DXV console sink in a timeless classic bathroom. Faucet is Seabury widespread by Grohe. Design by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom…certainly lovely indeed. Bathroom design and decorating ideas: bathroom console sinks and traditional style widespread faucets. Sink: DXV Oak Hill. Faucet: Grohe Seabury. Wallpaper: Thibaut Lizette. Towel: Pamuk & Co. Candle: Diptyque.

Silvery Thibaut Wallpaper

The accent wall in this bathroom is covered in Thibaut’s Lizette wallpaper, complete with its cheery flowers and butterflies.

LIZETTE, White and Grey, T36152, Collection Enchantment from Thibaut
Thibaut Lizette Wallpaper from Enchantment Collection: FIND HERE (This is the exact wallpaper.)

White Waffleweave Shower Curtain

Waffle Weave Shower Curtain
White Waffle Weave Shower Curtain 
Moen TR1000BN Tension Rod, Brushed Nickel
Brushed Nickel Shower Tension Rod
American Standard Chatfield Single-Handle 3-Spray Tub and Shower Faucet in Brushed Nickel (Valve Included)
American Standard Chatfield Tub & Shower Faucet, Brushed Nickel

Classic Bathroom Decor & Accessories

WELLAND Deluxe Teak Wood Shower Bench w/ Storage Shelf Handles / Bath Stool #teakbench #showerseat
Teak Shower Bench. I painted the bench BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.
Detail of a gorgeous brushed nickel widespread Seabury bathroom faucet by Grohe. The cross handles lend a nostalgic and classic feel. A Dyptique candle glows on the farm sink. Design by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio
Figuier Scented Candle, 190g
Diptyque Candle: FIND HERE
For our timeless classic bathroom, I chose a DXV console sink with a fireclay basin and brushed nickel legs. Faucet is Grohe Seabury widespread. Design: Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Timeless Classic Bathroom With DXV Oak Hill Console Sink. Flooring is here.
Timeless classic bathroom with console sink, wallpaper, Venetian mirror, and wood flooring - Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. Console Sink Ideas: Timeless Classic Bathroom…certainly lovely indeed. Bathroom design and decorating ideas: bathroom console sinks and traditional style widespread faucets. Sink: DXV Oak Hill. Faucet: Grohe Seabury. Wallpaper: Thibaut Lizette. Towel: Pamuk & Co. Candle: Diptyque.

Before & After Timeless Classic Bathroom

before pic of our bathroom addition - Hello Lovely Studio
BEFORE: View from hall (we created a hall too!) into bathroom
Benjamin Moore Classic Gray paint on walls of hall and bath. #classicgray #blackandwhite
AFTER
You won't believe how this ugly basement space looks now that we added a pretty, spa-like bathroom! #DIY #bathroomdesign #renovation #beforeandafter
BEFORE
Thibaut wallpaper, DXV bathroom console sink, and Grohe Seabury widespread faucet in a timeless classic bathroom by Hello Lovely Studio. #modernfarmhouse #bathroomdesign #thibaut
AFTER
An eyesore of a basement space becomes a beautiful new bath with some DIY smarts. #hellolovelystudio #beforeandafter #DIYhome #bathroomdesign #bathroommakeover
BEFORE
This peaceful, zen white bathroom with luxurious console sink with fireclay basin did not start out like this...come see the dungeon it was! Hello Lovely Studio.
AFTER

A Timeless Classic in Hollywood

While this has zilch to do with console sinks, bathroom design, renovation projects, or house tours, it does feature a timeless classic. Carol Burnett is a genius of an entertainer I worshiped as a kid. So here’s an interview with her and Lucille Ball, allowing us to time travel to 1971. Give it a whirl and maybe recall pop culture, groovy attitudes, and fashion happening almost 50 years ago.

Maybe I couldn’t stop watching because I kept feeling surprised! Carol Burnett always did that. She’s hilarious, yet the audience seems not to be laughing as hard as I would expect. When she discusses how family friendly her job is as the star of a television show? I felt like…did I just time travel to Mars!?!

The interviewer in ’71 is of course mostly clueless about his (at the time) socially acceptable misogynistic views and thoughts about ‘don’t you think it’s more fun to hang out with women who prefer the company of men to women?’ Apparently some men felt women who worked from home had little to contribute intellectually beyond chatter about housework chores. Even though this is a mostly lighthearted romp – it’s a fascinating snapshot of a bygone era. There was so much good in the good ol’ days, yet there was also so much that wasn’t. Tell me what y’all think.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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