by Pia Castro

Terrazzo, Concrete, and Ceramic, Which Basin Should I Get?

Not too sure what type of basin to get for your new bathroom? Read on as we try to give you the pros and cons, care and maintenance, plus a few tricks on how to style three different basins you might want to explore!

Terrazzo, Concrete, and Ceramic, Which Basin Should I Get?

Bathroom basins play a crucial role in the overall design of any bathroom, offering a diverse selection of materials to accommodate different tastes, styles, and financial considerations. Each material possesses unique qualities in terms of endurance, visual appeal, and upkeep demands. By gaining a deeper understanding of these distinctions, homeowners can make well-informed choices to pick the ideal basin material for their bathroom needs. With loads of materials to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to three.

At Buildmat, we pride ourselves on providing a range of high-quality bathroom basins available in Terrazzo, Concrete, and Ceramic. In this article, we will delve into the differences between these materials, discuss the pros and cons of each, and offer some styling tips to get the ball rolling for your new bathroom design!


Terrazzo Basins

First, the terrazzo basin. It has gained so much popularity over the last few years due to its eye-catching speckled pattern that adds depth and character to any bathroom design.  It is a composite material composed of various elements, such as marble, granite, quartz, or glass chips, which are set within a cementitious or resin-based binder. Consequently, terrazzo bathroom basins have piqued the interest of homeowners who wish to incorporate a contemporary aesthetic into their bathroom environments, given the basins' impressive features that enrich any space with depth and personality.

One of the primary benefits of terrazzo basins lies in their durability. Terrazzo is a robust and long-lasting material that is impenetrable to water and is resistant to stains. These basins are highly durable and with proper care and maintenance, a terrazzo basin can serve you well for decades! Moreover, terrazzo basins require minimal upkeep, making them an ideal choice for busy homeowners. They can be easily cleaned with mild soap and water, ensuring they maintain their eye-catching appearance without necessitating significant maintenance. However, one downside to terrazzo basins is their higher cost compared to basins made from more conventional materials, such as ceramic or porcelain, which may not be suitable for all budgets.

When styling a terrazzo basin, it's important to let it shine. Keeping the area around the basin clean and simple allows the basin to be the focal point of the bathroom. The unique visual appeal of the terrazzo basin is enough to add interest to any space, so there's no need to clutter the area with too many accessories. Playing with colours is another way to style a terrazzo basin. Terrazzo basins come in a variety of colours and patterns, so it's essential to choose one that complements the bathroom's colour scheme. A monochromatic colour scheme or a pop of colour can create a stunning and cohesive look. Adding natural elements to the bathroom design can complement the organic nature of terrazzo. Plants or wooden accents can bring warmth and texture to the bathroom, creating a welcoming and inviting space. Mixing and matching texture is another way to style a terrazzo basin. It can complement different materials like wood or metal, creating an eclectic and unique design that adds interest to the bathroom. In styling a terrazzo basin, it is all about allowing it to shine while incorporating elements that complement its unique aesthetic. With its captivating, speckled pattern and versatility, terrazzo basins can elevate any bathroom design. Keep it simple, play with colours, add natural elements, and mix and match textures to create a personalized and stunning bathroom design!



Concrete Basins

Next up is the concrete basin, which is an outstanding and stylish choice for those wishing to integrate an industrial or modern vibe into their bathroom design. Concrete is a flexible and robust material, consisting of a mixture of cement, sand, aggregate, and water. The demand for concrete basins has notably increased in recent times, largely due to their distinct visual allure. These basins diverge from conventional basin materials, such as ceramic or porcelain, by providing a raw, industrial look that can blend seamlessly with diverse design styles, from minimalist to rustic themes.

Concrete basins have emerged as a popular choice among homeowners, offering a chic industrial look and feel that is hard to resist. The imperfectly perfect nature of concrete basins adds a unique charm to any bathroom design. However, when considering a concrete basin, there are certain factors to keep in mind. One of these factors is the inherent porosity of concrete as a material. If not adequately sealed, concrete can become susceptible to staining and water damage, which may compromise its long-term appearance and durability. To preserve the visual appeal and structural integrity of a concrete basin, it is essential to reseal its surface periodically, preventing staining and water damage in the process. It's also important to be aware of the natural imperfections associated with concrete basins before making a decision. These imperfections may include air bubbles, join lines, and even streaks in the sealant. While these characteristics contribute to the appeal of concrete basins, it's crucial to ensure that you are comfortable with these imperfections before choosing one. Each concrete basin's imperfections provide it with its distinctive personality and character, making it a truly special addition to your bathroom.

Concrete basins offer a unique and striking look that can enhance any bathroom design. Styling a concrete basin involves several considerations, such as the material's raw and imperfect nature, its colour palette, and texture. A simple and clean design that emphasizes the basin's natural look is often the best approach. Adding warmth to the space is another essential consideration when styling a concrete basin. Concrete can appear cold and stark, but incorporating natural materials like wood or woven baskets can soften the look and add warmth. These materials can be used as accent pieces around the basin or on the walls to create a cohesive and visually appealing design. Texture also plays a vital role in styling a concrete basin. Experimenting with different textures, such as soft towels or rough-hewn wood, can add depth and interest to the space. Mixing concrete with other materials like metal or wood can create a unique and eclectic look that complements the basin's design. For instance, a wooden shelf or a metal mirror can add a beautiful contrast to the concrete basin. Lastly, adding a pop of colour to the bathroom can enhance the concrete basin's visual appeal. Additionally, you can explore getting a coloured concrete basin which can be an excellent way to add colour and make a bold statement in the bathroom.

Ceramic Basins

Last but certainly not the least, the ceramic basin. These remains a favourite and timeless option for individuals aiming to create a versatile and enduring style in their bathroom design. Constructed from clay and fired at high temperatures, ceramic is a strong material that is finished with a protective glaze, making it an attractive option for many homeowners. 


Image: Buildmat - Navi Gloss White Square Basin

Ceramic bathroom basins offer a classic and timeless appearance that can complement any bathroom design, from traditional to contemporary. Made with a hard-wearing ceramic material, they are resistant to extreme temperatures, scratches, and permanent stains, making them perfect for everyday use. Their ultra-smooth surface shine is long-lasting, keeping them looking good as new for many years to come. In addition to their durability, ceramic basins are generally more affordable compared to other materials, making them a budget-friendly option for homeowners. Another advantage of ceramic basins is their ability to mimic the look of natural materials like marble, allowing homeowners to achieve a luxurious look without the added cost. However, it is important to note that ceramic basins are still made of clay which can crack or chip if subjected to misuse and heavy impact. 

Ceramic basins have a classic and timeless appearance that can complement a range of design styles but also have a clean and simple look that doesn't require much styling. Instead, focus on small touches that enhance the basin's elegant appearance without overwhelming it. One way to add interest to a ceramic basin is to play with textures, experiment with different textures to add depth and character to the space. Another way to add personality to a ceramic basin is by incorporating natural elements such as plants. Adding a small potted plant or a vase of fresh flowers can complement the clean and timeless look of the ceramic basin while adding some life and freshness to the space. Lighting is also an essential consideration when styling a ceramic basin. Consider installing a pendant light or a wall sconce above the basin to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Proper lighting can enhance the appearance of your ceramic basin and make the space feel more inviting. Overall, it is all about embracing the simplicity of the material while adding small touches of interest to the space.

How to Take Care of your Bathroom Basins

Ceramic and Terrazzo

Bathroom basins are an essential component of any bathroom, and it's important to take proper care of them to maintain their appearance and longevity. Here are some tips on how to care for your bathroom basins: 

  1. Regular cleaning: It's important to clean your basin regularly to prevent the buildup of dirt, grime, and soap scum. Use a mild soap or detergent and a soft cloth or sponge to clean the basin's surface. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbers, as these can scratch the basin's surface.
  2. Avoid harsh chemicals: Harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia can damage the finish of your basin. Avoid using these products and opt for pH neutral/mild cleaners instead.
  3. Rinse thoroughly: After cleaning your basin, make sure to rinse it thoroughly with clean water. Any soap or cleaning product residue left on the surface can cause staining or discolouration over time.
  4. Use a soft cloth: When drying your basin, use a soft cloth or towel to prevent scratches or damage to the surface.
  5. Regular maintenance: Depending on the material of your basin, it may require periodic maintenance like sealing or resealing to maintain its appearance and prevent damage.
  6. Handle with care: While bathroom basins are designed to withstand regular use, they can still chip, crack or scratch if subjected to heavy impact. Be careful when handling heavy objects around your basin and avoid dropping items like hairbrushes and bottles onto the surface.
  7. Wipe up spills promptly: Whether it's toothpaste, soap, or makeup, spills should be wiped up promptly to prevent staining and discolouration. This is especially important for basins made from porous materials.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your bathroom basins looking clean and new for years to come!


Caring for your concrete basin requires some additional attention due to its naturally porous nature. Here are some specific care and maintenance tips for concrete basins:

  1. Clean stains as soon as possible to prevent them from penetrating the basin's surface.
  2. To prevent the sealer from lifting and water from penetrating the basin, it is recommended not to leave the basin full of water.
  3. Refrain from using hair dye, highly pigmented cosmetics, and acidic substances on the basin as they may compromise the sealer.
  4. Concrete will develop its own patina and may dull over time, depending on the level of use and care.
  5. Avoid tapping toothbrushes, razors, or other hard objects on the edge of the basin to prevent chipping of the concrete or damage to the sealer.
  6. Use concrete basins only for their intended purpose, such as washing hands and brushing teeth, to extend their lifespan.

Maintaining your bathroom basin is crucial for preserving its appearance and ensuring its longevity. Neglecting to clean your basin can also lead to the growth of mould and bacteria, which can pose health risks to you and your family. Additionally, proper maintenance can help prevent damage to your basin caused by misuse. Regular maintenance will also include inspecting your basin for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, chips, or discolouration. A well-maintained basin not only enhances the look of your bathroom but also ensures a hygienic and safe environment.

Image: Buildmat - Felda Sea Salt White Fluted Concrete Basin

It is important to understand and play to each basins’ unique characteristics so you can work with them accordingly. Functionality and style are no longer mutually exclusive when it comes to designing your bathroom space. With advancements in design and manufacturing techniques, you no longer have to sacrifice practicality for aesthetics. You can now choose from a wide range of bathroom basin materials that offer both. Moreover, the rise of customization options and design flexibility means that you can now choose a basin that not only fits your functional needs but also complements your personal style and design aesthetic. With the right approach, you can create a bathroom that is both functional and stylish, making the most of the available space while expressing your personality and taste. The days of having to compromise function for style are long gone! 


Shop Buildmat's Range of Bathroom Basins

Explore Buildmat’s bathroom basins ranging from terrazzo, concrete, and ceramic, where you can find the perfect basin that fits your personal taste and bathroom style. Our bathroom fittings and accessories can be mixed and matched with your chosen basin to create a cohesive and stunning bathroom design. From sleek and modern tapware to elegant and functional bathroom accessories, our range of fittings can be tailored to suit any style and budget. At Buildmat, we understand that both function and style are important factors in creating the perfect bathroom. That is why we only offer products that are both beautiful and practical. Our basins are designed to last, with durable materials and timeless finishes that will keep your bathroom looking great for years to come. Visit our website or our Melbourne showroom today and start building the bathroom of your dreams with Buildmat!