Q: I'm intrigued with the idea of putting a sink in my dressing room. It's a formal and traditionally designed space with mirrored doors, painted woodwork and a dark wooden floor. How would the room look if the sink were enclosed in a wood cabinet?
A: Here are a few practical and aesthetic considerations to weigh before you make a decision.
First, here are my prejudices. I would not use a natural wood cabinet on a similarly finished floor. The grain and tone of the woods never seem to work well together unless they are in sharp and attractive contrast to one another.
One possibility is to paint the cabinet the same color as the room's woodwork. But if I'm reading your intentions correctly, you seem to favor a stained-wood enclosure for the sink.
Take a look at the treatment shown in the photo. This vanity cabinet from Kohler's Vintage collection was manufactured by the Baker Furniture Co. It's crafted of ash wood solids and veneers in a medium to dark finish.
Even the top is made of wood, which is protected by a moisture-resistant polymeric finish. As handsome as it is functional, this piece looks best when accented with polished brass lavatory faucets of the type seen here.
The cabinet has been placed in a room with a similarly colored wood floor and with painted walls and woodwork. Notice that a generously sized ceramic tile insert was installed directly below the sink to create an attractive contrast of materials. Something like this is a must to protect your floor from water damage. This insert is large enough to catch spills and decorative enough to enhance the overall flooring design.
Ceramic tiles, by the way, have been used as floor surfacing at least since the last days of Pompeii. If properly installed, there's no reason why they can't work just as effectively today, even in combination with a mostly wooden decor.
Another option would be to choose a non-wooden material for the counter top. Marble and plastic laminate are two examples that come readily to mind. Each has its advantages and shortcomings.
Your own selection should reflect your tastes. The notion of placing a sink in a dressing room is not the least bit outlandish, nor is it an especially complex operation. Consider the possibilities and the potential pitfalls carefully, and I'm sure you'll be satisfied with the outcome.
Sink for a dressing room