Finding Your Style: Oval vs. Square Bathroom Sinks

Finding Your Style: Oval vs. Square Bathroom Sinks

Your bathroom is more than just a space to get ready in the morning. It’s a very distinct location within your home that can create a calm, soothing, environment. Because of that, it’s important to consider all the important design features within your bathroom, and what kind of space you’d like to create.

While you might spend lots of additional time in the shower (or perhaps the tub), the most used feature in your bathroom is the sink. Whether you’re washing your hands or getting ready for the day ahead, your sink is a design space you don’t want to overlook.

With that in mind, there is a lot to consider when it comes to the design of your bathroom sink. While you can select a variety of bases, the sink basin itself comes in two popular styles – oval and square. Both styles have their benefits, but ultimately it’s important to select one that fits your design space. Let’s take a closer look and compare the design styles of oval vs square sinks, and see which one is better suited for your bathroom.


Design of Oval Sinks

While the most popular style of sink might be a vanity or pedestal, the most popular sink basin for a number of years has been the oval sink. This is the more traditional of the two sink styles because it’s rather aesthetically pleasing to look at. The curves of the sink compliment granite, quartz, marble, and other natural stone surfaces with ease. Its design is so simple, it agrees with a variety of colors, concepts, and styles – giving you more flexibility with your countertops.

Because oval sinks are more traditional and classic, they have a reputation for being a more ‘basic’ sink style. It’s safer design style is definitely not for risk-takers, however, it’s simplicity complements countertops of any color and design. If you’re going to resell your home within the next few years, it might be a good idea to go for an oval sink, because it’s a safer choice.

However, if you still want to create some exciting designs in your bathroom, pick a countertop material that will enhance the space. Go a bolder choice, like colored quartz or patterned granite. If you need more inspiration, check out Six Design Ideas for Quartz Bathroom Vanity Tops to get you started. While oval sinks are the safer choice, there are ways to elevate the space and make it unique.


Design of Square Sinks

The design of square sinks is definitely a more unique concept for bathroom vanities. Its dimensions and style are different from traditional oval sinks and have become a newer trend in the bathroom industry. Why? While it might not be the same risk as changing out the sink base to a double vanity or farmhouse design, it does create a more elevated look. The sink basin is a creative way to change and elevate the style of your sink, without worrying about the budget.

Square sinks add a more modern feel to your bathroom and also work with a variety of sink styles, such as pedestal or under counter mount sinks. They also provide more flat and expansive surfaces than an oval sink. You can balance and store things around the edge of your sink, which can be helpful when you have to organize your bathroom countertops.

Because square sinks are a different structure, they might pose more difficulties depending on the style of your existing sink base. Luckily, working with professionals such as Bloomday means they can measure, cut, and fit your bathroom structure to suit your needs.

Square sinks are also more of a statement compared to oval sinks, which not everyone enjoys. If you’re considering selling your home within the next few years, it’s important to consider the design aesthetics most homeowners like. If you’re willing to take a risk and think this choice will pay off, a square sink could be the right design move for your home.


Square vs. Oval Sinks: Which one is for you?

Ultimately, your bathroom space is whatever you envision – and that comes with taking certain design risks. If you want to create a more unique bathroom space, a square sink is definitely a risk that can pay off. But, if you are looking for a more traditional look, an oval sink might be best.

To complete the appearance and aesthetic of your bathroom, pair your new basin with a natural stone surface. At Bloomday, our selection of natural stone countertops complements either sink style.


If you’re ready to find a sink style that works for your bathroom, schedule a consultation with Bloomday today. Need help finding your bathroom inspiration? Check out our countertop gallery, and learn more about Prepping for Your Countertop Consultation.