Kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, wet bar sinks, oh my! When there are so many great options for the various wet areas in your home, how can you even begin to make sense of it all? Before your head starts spinning, take a step back and read on to learn how to pick the perfect sink for every space.
When selecting a sink for dream kitchens, placement is key. If you are remodeling an enclosed kitchen area with a window, installing the kitchen sink below can offer natural light and maybe even a lovely view that makes washing dishes less of a chore. In a spacious open concept space, a kitchen island facing a wall with exterior windows achieves the same effect, and is therefore the most popular kitchen sink placement for builders and contractors.
Whether you opt for a single, double or triple bowl, it’s important to keep the overall style of your home in mind when shopping for kitchen sinks. A sleek quartz sink or seamless acrylic solid surface countertops with an integrated sink are hallmarks of modern kitchen design. On the other hand, a copper or stainless farmhouse sink works well in both traditional and transitional homes.
Wet Bar Sinks
A wet bar provides a convenient source of water for making ice cubes, washing limes, and rinsing glasses while entertaining. If you wish to include a sink in your bar cabinet design, size (and material) matters quite a bit. Without a doubt, a small size and low-maintenance material works best for a wet bar.
Typically, an undermount, single bowl sink is the ideal option, and stainless steel is the material of choice for several reasons. Stainless steel is durable, easy to clean, and resistant to stains when serving up cocktails and wine spritzers. The perfect size for a bar cabinet sink is 15” wide to 18” wide. House Beautiful recommends placing your wet bar sink off to one side to make conversation easier when playing bartender.
A laundry room sink generally rests close to the washer and should be large and deep enough for hand washing clothing and delicates. A stainless farmhouse sink fits the bill, or if you prefer a more modern look, opt for a 24” stainless steel or quartz/acrylic sink.
If you don’t mind shelling out a few extra coins, a freestanding basin sink is a classic choice for the laundry room and can provide a touch of vintage or industrial charm, depending on the material. Similar in form and function, but bit more refined than the plastic utility sinks commonly found in a garage, this style is often made of metal or enamel-coated cast iron.
When pairing sinks with your bathroom cabinetry, there is a wide array of styles and installations to choose from. Vessel sinks provide an opportunity to add some artistic flair to a powder room and can complement modern bathroom vanities in a master bath. Dream bathroom options include colorful tempered glass, bamboo, porcelain, marble, granite, onyx, and cast bronze. When planning a redesign, keep in mind that bathroom sinks should be scaled to suit your bathroom cabinetry, leaving enough countertop space for morning and bedtime routines.
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