In a regular week, your kitchen sink is often one of the most utilized products in your house. Because you use it for everything from washing dishes to making morning coffee, the quality of the faucet and sink itself can impact your day-to-day tasks in a big way. If you’re in the middle of a kitchen remodel and looking for that just-right addition, there are a lot of sink styles to consider. Farmhouse, trough, double bowl and triple bowl sinks are always great options; to spice them up, you can always find a unique material or add additional features, like a pot filler or hand spray. Before you make any final purchases though, be sure to do your research and find what really works best for you. Here are some tips to get you started.
What kind of kitchen sink should I get?
As you consider what sink to buy, think about the size you need (and can fit) in your kitchen. Double or triple bowl sinks are great if you tend to procrastinate on washing dishes, while trough sinks are ideal for multiple chefs since they often have two faucets. If you’re looking to make your sink into a kitchen focal point, try a farmhouse sink, also called a farm, apron or apron front sink. Though still built-in, these deep sinks have exposed fronts that sometimes extend past the cabinet line, which adds some added dimension and texture to a space. In general, you can have an integrated, drop-in, undermount or tiled-in sink, so think about what works best for your kitchen’s look and current layout.
What kitchen sink material should I use?
Your sink material is often dictated by your style, but it’s also important to consider the durability as well. Stainless steel sinks are by far the most popular option because of their price and slick appearance, though scratches are often more noticeable. For an all-white kitchen, try a white fireclay or cast iron sink, which are both extremely durable yet will still complement your clean-lined kitchen. If you’re looking for some texture, as well as a little color, try natural stone, quartz, granite or copper instead.
What kitchen faucet do I need?
Believe it or not, there are many different kinds of kitchen faucets out there. Do you want a single-mount or double-handle faucet? Do you like the look of a standard or a high-arc spout? Would you use a pot filler or a hand spray? A lot of it is based on personal preference, so think about what you would use and have space for. When picking a finish, be sure to choose one that works with your cabinet hardware and light fixtures; after all, a bronze faucet finish might clash with silver cabinet pulls and stainless steel pendants.
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