Sinks in 2015 – 4 Trends to Watch
As the open concept floor plan remains a popular choice for home builders and buyers, kitchens are often the focal point in today’s homes. Without walls tucking the kitchen space out of sight, the kitchen provides an opportunity to showcase your design aesthetic and create a truly awe-worthy space where guests and family can gather. For kitchen’s in a closed space, it’s just as important to incorporate incredible design, especially if you’re the cook in the family.
There are a number of ways you can design your kitchen to really standout with innovative style. In today’s kitchens, sinks are trending toward creative style choices with great functionality. Instead of sticking with the bland, comfortable choice of the cast iron, double-bowl sink when building or renovating your new kitchen, here are a few popular sink styles you might want to consider.
#1 Farmhouse Sinks
Also called apron sinks, farmhouse sinks make for a real statement piece in the kitchen. They have a large, open front that’s usually dropped below the countertop. The exposed front harkens back to the feel of a rustic, vintage home, while maintaining a level of versatility for use in both rustic and contemporary style kitchens. With a farmhouse style sink, there’s no counter space between you and the basin, which minimizes the need to bend over while washing dishes and makes the chore more comfortable.
Farmhouse sinks are usually made out of white porcelain or enamel, but as the sink becomes more common in today’s homes, different materials such as fireclay, stainless steel, soapstone, copper, and wood are also gaining in popularity. Their deep basins make them great for washing pots and pans and can be made in both single and double bowls. With both style and function, farmhouse sinks can make a great addition to any kitchen.
#2 Trough Sinks
If you have more than one cook in your home, a trough sink can be the perfect addition to your kitchen. They’ve long been popular in bath and laundry rooms, but homeowners are starting to recognize their usefulness in the kitchen space. Their long, uninterrupted basins make for plenty of elbow room for more than one person to work at the sink, and the space provided makes it possible to have more than one faucet. On top of that, trough sinks have a very distinct look and can easily become the focal point of the kitchen. If you’re one for entertaining, cooking with the hubby, or have children who are eager to help in the kitchen, a trough sink might be the perfect fit for your home.
#3 Integral Sinks
Sometimes, interrupting an incredible countertop for a sink just isn’t the way to go. With an integral or seamless sink, the basin is actually built right into the countertop as one continuous surface. By building your sink to blend seamlessly with your countertop, there’s a lot of room for customization. Wide, deep basins are popular with integral sinks, but you can also add built in draining ramps, or even a wave feature that’s designed to lead water back to slot drains. With such great customization, integral sinks can add a sleek, elegant feel to your kitchen.
Homeowners know sinks aren’t always the easiest to clean, but integral sinks make the task more manageable. Without those tiny crevices where the sink and countertop come together, you’ll have one very functional (and very clean) sink.
#4 Vessel Sinks
If you’re really looking for a show piece in your kitchen, the vessel sink might be the way to go. Made to sit completely on top of the countertop, vessel sinks are an absolute statement of a homeowners style and versatility in the kitchen. Vessel sinks can be made in both bowl and rectangular shapes, and are a beautiful way to display the incredible brushed nickel, natural stone, glass, and copper they’re often made of.
Though vessel sinks are most often seen in bathrooms, they can be custom made function in the kitchen by creating a wider, deeper bowl. If a large vessel sink is too much for your main kitchen sink, they also make a great side sink for washing your hands or for food prep, especially when you have multiple people in the kitchen. Whatever statement sink you decide to use, you won’t have to compromise on functionality, and you’ll have a sink that ties the space together in all the right ways.
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