When you set out to design your new kitchen you’ll be faced with a long list of design choices. One of the most important but often overlooked is your sink. Long gone are the days of the one-size-fits-all stainless steel double bowl drop-in kitchen sink. Sinks now come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. You can find sinks designed for greater accessibility, specialized uses and in a variety of materials and styles to fit your decor. Here are three of the hottest new kitchen sink design trends you can use to complement the look of your new kitchen granite countertops.
With the launch of her hit TV show, The French Chef in 1963, Julia Child introduced copper cookware to mainstream America. Ever since, a kitchen hung with copper cookware has been a sign of a serious cook dedicated to fine cuisine.
Copper has long been used in traditional European kitchens for range hoods, backsplashes, sinks and even countertops. The rustic look of a copper sink is an excellent complement to natural stone. One advantage of copper sinks is that they can be custom fabricated to any shape and profile giving you the ability to create a truly one-of-a-kind Clearwater kitchen design.
During the years that plastic laminate dominated the kitchen countertop market, undermounted sinks were nearly unheard of. With the growing popularity of natural stone, manufactured quartz and other solid surface materials, undermounted sinks are increasingly becoming the standard.
Compared with a drop in sinks, undermounted sinks have some clear advantages. Undermounted sinks allow liquids and kitchen scraps to be easily wiped from the countertop into the sink while avoiding a buildup of kitchen dirt along the rim of the sink insert. Undermounted sinks also maintain the maximum amount of counter space around your sink. Along with basic twin bowl kitchen sinks you can find a variety of combinations that include small prep sinks, extra deep sinks large capacity single bowl models.
Farmhouse Apron Sinks
Farmhouse or apron sinks are an old design that has been gaining popularity in Clearwater. Available in a variety of materials including enameled cast iron, copper, stainless steel and concrete, farmhouse sinks can handle messy kitchen prep and accommodate large pots and pans for washing up. Sizes range from 30-38 inches long, 17-19 inches wide and can be 10-12 inches deep or more. The bottoms are typically sloped to help drainage and avoid water pooling.
Designs run the gamut from sleek modern stainless steel and enamel to Old World look embossed bronze and copper. Farmhouse sinks made from marble, granite, basalt and other natural stone are also popular. For stone sinks the interior of the bowls and rails are typically polished but the front apron can be left roughhewn or finished with elaborate carvings.
The Right Choice for Your Kitchen
When looking for the right sink design to complement your kitchen granite countertops there is sure to be something that fits every design and decor. Whether you choose a modern undermount stainless steel sink to go with your absolute black granite countertops or a beautiful custom copper sink with Calcutta gold marble countertops, the right choice is to go with what you love. Every day you spend in a kitchen designed around what you want is that much more return on your investment.