When you’re remodeling your kitchen, you have multiple options in almost every design detail. This is true even with your choice of kitchen sink. You are no longer limited to double bowled, stainless steel or enameled cast iron sinks.
Kitchen sinks can be just as much of a design feature in a new kitchen as the cabinets, countertops, and backsplashes. Your choice of a sink can make a statement in your kitchen as the focal point, or it can be unobtrusive, letting the other features of your kitchen take the spotlight. The choice is yours.
The traditional stainless steel, double bowl sink is the standard kitchen sink workhorse because of its simple look, easy maintenance, and low cost. This sink will fit with any kitchen style, because of its simple lines and sleek look. A deeper bowl depth and thicker wall construction will give you better utility and last a long time.
Undermount sinks are very popular, especially with natural stone, cement, or solid surface countertops. Many people like the clean, smooth lines they create when you want to highlight your countertops. Undermount sinks make cleaning the countertop easier because they don’t have a raised rim, as conventional sinks do, which can trap food particles when you’re wiping down the counter.
Today you have a large number of non-traditional styles of kitchen sinks that will add a special touch to your kitchen remodel. One very popular style is the farm or farmhouse sink. This large, solid single bowl sink makes a dramatic statement in any kitchen, and because the style is timeless, will always remain in style. Made out of stone, concrete, or metal, the farm sink can handle any cleaning job that you ask of it. Its only minor drawback is that it takes a lot of water to fill it.
Glass kitchen sinks are commonly being used in kitchen design today, and offer an elegant touch to your kitchen. You can choose from a variety of colors and swirl patterns to compliment any kitchen design. Glass sinks require gentler treatment than most other kitchen sinks, so they may not the best choice for large family kitchens, but may be perfect for your kitchen.
Kitchen sinks made of different metals offer interesting visual impact to your new kitchen. Copper, brass, brushed aluminum, and other metal alloys create a modernistic, contemporary look that will spice up the look of your new kitchen. Though metal sinks are very decorative and visually attractive, they do require more care to maintain their luster and beauty. That does mean they can’t be used in any kitchen remodel, but you need to be aware of their shortcomings.
As with all the design elements of a kitchen remodel, you need to coordinate your choice of sink with the overall style and feel that you are working to create. Take the time to visit a kitchen design center to see first hand what the different kitchen sinks look like in an actual kitchen setting. You may see a kitchen sink that you would not have even considered, had you not seen it displayed in a showroom or catalogue.