Q: Ed: I'm remodeling a contemporary powder room and want to install a pedestal sink to open up some leg room. I know these are usually classic-looking sinks. What do you suggest for a pedestal sink style that can also look ultramodern?
— Kay, Virginia
A: If you want a futuristic-looking bathroom fixture, a classic pedestal sink may not be your top decorating choice.
The good news is contemporary pedestal sinks are now available. You still get the open feel of a pedestal sink setup, but the sleek designs of the new sinks are far from classic.
Contemporary pedestal sinks look more like a modern art sculpture than they do a residential plumbing fixture. Some nice features include crisp high-gloss finishes, organic colors and rounded free-form edges.
Because of the unique bowl shapes, in some cases wall-mounted lav faucets may be required to enhance the flow of the design for these ultramodern sinks.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write email@example.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.
Top budget-friendly mirrors for the bathroom
Oruii black circle mirror
Available at Amazon, $49.99
20-inch circular mirror with a brushed, aluminum-alloy frame and solid backboard that adds a classic, minimalistic look to any bathroom. It’s easy to hang, waterproof and durable enough to last.
EMAISON rustic wood-framed wall mirror
Available at Amazon, $125.99
Versatile mirror with a hanging rope that can be placed in the bathroom, entryway or anywhere else in the house for a country-chic aesthetic. It’s durable and high-quality.
Stonebriar rectangle natural wood hanging wall mirror
Available at Amazon, $54.99
With a wood frame and natural finish, this rustic hanging mirror fits well in small spaces. Easy to hang with little to no warping of the image.
Moen Glenshire frameless bathroom mirror
Available at Amazon, $86.55
Sophisticated, frameless tilting mirror that’s easy to mount and can be angled to specification. Great addition to a master bathroom or powder room.
Naomi Home over-the-door mosaic mirror
Available at Amazon, $56.99
Designed to be hung over or affixed to any wall or door, this modern-looking hanging mirror is perfect for those who want a full-length mirror but don’t have much floor space.