Kitchen Design / October 26, 2018 / Nia Dozier.
The kitchen sink is the hub of activity in most kitchens. It is a fixture shaped like a bowl or a basin that you use for washing hands, utensils and food.
Sinks require faucets that can provide cold and hot water and a drain to get rid of the used water. The look you want to achieve, combined with a choice of material is only the beginning of the decision-making process in selecting your ideal kitchen sink.
Recent trends show a preference for the professional, traditional and country style in equal measure.
Styles And Materials - Among the most popular materials in kitchen sinks is stainless steel for its easy-to-clean property. If you have a tile or solid surface counter, it is easy to install under mount sinks for easy cleaning. The next best-preferred material for kitchen sinks is solid surface as it is easy to customize, stain and scratch resistant. Solid surface sinks can be quickly under mounted or surface mounted and you can also make personalized designs that can be decorative or practical.
There are porcelain kitchen sinks that are loved by most people, just for their looks. These are quite long-lasting, and you can opt for one of cast iron. Color choices are quite abundant. These can also be under mounted or surface mounted and come with a host of features.
Among the more cost, valid options are the enamel kitchen sinks. Less durable than other options, enamel comes in a variety of colors an also needs careful maintenance.
Those who like the antique look for their kitchens also often use copper and brass.
There are the massive granite and fireclay sinks that are durable. Lightweight, yet durable, these are available in several designs and suit many kitchen decors.
Ideas/designs - There is a line of grout here. These are relatively easy to clean, and you can wipe your countertop into the sink smoothly.
Under-mounted kitchen sinks are where the countertop sits on top of the pan. So there is no rim or edge. The apron mount sinks are also called farmer’s sinks and mostly found in country style kitchens. Here the tub is set into a countertop. You can see the front of the pan.
Regarding form, you would need to consider the size of the sink, the number of bowls, orientation of the container and tappings. Most kitchen sinks are about 22 by 30 inches in size with two bowls about eight inches deep.
You can also get more large sinks, and you can select the appropriate size depending on the size of your countertops. There are single, double and triple bowl kitchen sinks available. Most people use the second bowl variety with an integrated drain board.
Trends - The built-in drain boards for kitchen sink designs are the most preferred and can fit onto all countertops. Kitchen sinks also come with a drinking water filter, and these often concealed in the kitchen faucet.
Under mount kitchen sinks are the most popular in kitchen sink mountings and this fits almost all kinds of kitchen decors. Most of these under mount sinks are with granite, concrete, stone, and glass tile countertops.
Manufacturers/Brands - Among the well-known kitchen sink brands are American Standard, Elkay, Kohler, Blanco, Kindred, Swanstone, Whitehaus and Moen. American Standard is the largest producer of sinks, fixtures, and fittings in the world and sells their products under a variety of brand names. Elkay is known for stainless steel kitchen sinks, both commercial and residential. They make clip on pans that are easy to install. Kohler and Moen are other leading manufacturers that make stylish kitchen counters.