Almost all kitchen spaces are composed of the same basic set of appliances and accessories, such as fridge freezers, microwaves, ovens and worktops – but one of the most important aspects of any room is the sink.
Kitchen sinks are used in a huge number of cooking and cleaning tasks and probably get the most use out of any item in the whole room. Therefore, those looking for a new one should not rush into the decision and should take some time to carefully consider the different types of styles and materials available.
The most important thing to consider when choosing a new sink is how large it can be. In bigger spaces, double sinks look particularly stylish and also offer a number of practical advantages – but in small kitchens, space can be saved with the use of a round sink or one without an attached draining board.
After looking at cheap kitchen sinks and deciding on the size of their new purchase, decorators should think about the material they want their new sink to be made from.
Different materials offer a range of benefits and the most popular kitchen sink options are stainless steel, ceramic, granite, fired clay and composite sinks made from a combination of different things.
In a busy household, it is likely that the kitchen sink will have to withstand heavy use, thrown-in dishes and regular scrubbing with cleaning products and a rough cloth – for these kinds of homes, a stainless steel sink is ideal.
These sinks are resistant to corrosion and high heat and can also hide small marks well. They are easy to keep clean and hygienic and can withstand most types of cleaning fluid.
Granite sinks are a stylish option for those looking to add something different to their kitchen space. As well as offering practical benefits such as heat and stain resistance, granite sinks are available in a range of colours that can add a striking look to the room.
Cool white and chic graphite are two of the most popular colours and look perfect in a minimalist and modern kitchen.
In a traditional kitchen decorated in a classic or farmhouse style, ceramic sinks are the top choice. One of the best-known ceramic sink options is the Belfast design, which offers significant depth perfect for washing larger dishes.
A ceramic double bowl sink can also be both a stylish talking point and a practical solution when washing different types of meat and food before preparing a meal.
Whether buying a new kitchen sink for a modern and chic space or a traditional family room, deciding on what taps to pick is also an important consideration. In modern kitchens, sleek single-flow taps are in order but in traditional rooms, mixer taps with long necks may be the best option.
After installing a new kitchen sink, homeowners can enjoy picking out a number of different accessories to use alongside their latest purchase.
A popular choice is a colander or strainer bowl, which can be used in a number of different ways, from draining washed cutlery or small plates to washing and peeling vegetables for dinner.
Specially designed chopping boards to fit standard shape sinks and round options are also a common purchase alongside a new sink, and stainless steel baskets are useful to have around for storing odd items or for draining knives and forks.