As one of the most used features in any kitchen, the sink gets a lot of attention and takes a lot of abuse. Take a look at some of the different varieties, and find a practical, attractive solution that works for your home.
by Danielle Taylor
Add color and texture.
Sometimes, a pop of color is just what’s needed to brighten up a room, and your sink can be just as much an element of personal expression as any other piece in your home. Incorporate different colors and textures into your sink’s design and make your kitchen as unique as you are. Credit: MossCreek photo
Too many cooks? Add more sinks.
It can be hard to coordinate pot filling and vegetable rinsing and dish washing with just one sink, particularly if there are multiple cooks in the kitchen. Having distinct bowls for each task helps keep things running smoothly. This design offers plenty of room to get a multiple-course meal ready in record time. Credit: Kohler photo
Use drop-in sinks for a quaint, country look.
For a more seamless design, consider using a drop-in sink to create an all-in-one style with a quaint country look. This example looks out into the open living area instead of forcing the cook to face a wall. Credit: James Ray Spahn photo
Make creative use of your space.
Who says a kitchen has to follow a standard pattern? Placing the sink in a corner gives this unconventional kitchen more usable counter space and tucks the cook away from the main foot traffic. Credit: Oakbridge Timber Framing photo
Eliminate crumb-catching seams with an apron sink.
An apron-front, or farmhouse, sink eliminates some of the crumb-catching seams present in other sink designs and fits perfectly with country decor. Models are available in everything from basic white to stylized designs with different colors, textures and patterns. Credit: Kohler photo
Match multiple sinks for a cohesive kitchen.
Sometimes, it’s less about the sink itself and more about its placement. This attractive copper sink (rear) and its matching island counterpart allow multiple cooks to work in harmony, and the undermount installation makes cleanup a breeze. Credit: Wisconsin Log Homes photo
Add character with a variety of materials.
Don’t be afraid to move beyond staples such as stainless steel and porcelain — this durable soapstone variety flows nicely with the matching countertops and provides a good anchor for the surrounding Old-World styling. Credit: Green Mountain Soapstone photo
Save space with all-in-one design.
When counter space is at a premium, built-in prep room in a kitchen sink can be a useful element. This all-in-one design incorporates a drain board and recessed shelf, perfect for cutting vegetables or washing dishes by hand. Credit: Bellacor.com photo
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