photo from a swedish family home
photo by anna kern

When we were renovating the bathroom of our new place, we chose a wall-hung sink in order to make the small 7’x5′ room look bigger (vanities take up a lot of space and close things in – see below). We were very careful to give the plumbing sleek lines to keep the spare look, at a good deal of thought and effort and $$ (nice looking p-traps cost more than garden variety ones…starting at about $50 bucks and going up well over $100 for fancy, moderne ones). It isn’t easy to make plumbing look pleasing…UNLESS you take off in a totally different direction…

…and PUSH the visual impact of the the plumbing, as in this photo from a Swedish family home. They used bold loops of PVC, copper, and stainless pipe along with a outsized brass faucet.

Although we LOVE the spare, relatively low-budget and now-spacious bathroom we created (details to come in future posts)…

Sally's Bathroom

and still marvel at the transformation from its previous incarnation…

bathroom left

bathroom right

we do find the Swedish mash-up, above, curiously liberating.

Truth be told, we loved the idea of creating handmade copper piping, remembering an early blog post, but in the end it was one too many details to figure out and forge ourselves. Renovations are indeed mind-boggling.

Via the style files

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8 replies on “liberating wall-hung sink plumbing (+ a before-and-after)

  1. The lid! That’s why it comes with the seat….

    Your final design is beautiful.

    Renovations are discoveries into how much more you could have, if only you had planned more. But then there would only be time in one life to do one home, and still probably not finish it.

  2. You’re the second person to mention the lid being up. H-m-m-m. What does it say about our readers….or me!

  3. i just love your light green tiled, beautifully spaced bathroom! i would LOVE to make our little ”closet” bathroom like that-
    what do you do for storage?
    ie-extra toilet paper, cleaning products, hairpins, hairbrush, etc..?

  4. could you please tell me where you purchased the wall hung sink and coper faucet?

  5. I don’t sell them. They are just an example of possibilities.

  6. I love the glossy walls in the new bathroom! How did you do tham?

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