If you want to give your kitchen or bathroom a modern touch, you might think that updating the sink would be a simple way to give your space a facelift without requiring much time for selecting the right style or materials. After all, how different can sinks really be from one another? As many people quickly find out, there are a surprising number of factors you need to consider if you want a sink that’s as beautiful as it is functional. This guide will help you narrow down your search for a perfect sink that’s both stylish and durable enough for your lifestyle. Let’s get started!
Popular Sink Materials
Sink materials can vary widely, ranging from stone to shiny metallics. There isn’t necessarily a wrong choice to make when it comes to choosing the right type of material for your sink, but you should think about how often you will be using it, how much you’re willing to spend, and where the sink will be located in your home. For example, porcelain sinks are fairly inexpensive, but they’re prone to chipping and can become discolored or stained over time.
For your kitchen or bathroom, you’ll want to choose something that can withstand the daily wear and tear of your family. Some of the trendiest sink materials include:
- Fireclay. This durable material is finished with a glossy shine, and it’s both highly durable and relatively inexpensive. This can be a great choice if you have young children prone to throwing their dishes in the sink!
- Stainless steel. Stainless steel adds a cool industrial touch to any space, and it’s known for being durable and easy to clean. However, it can be prone to scratches and unsightly water spots, and lower-grade stainless steel sinks can be especially noisy when dishes are dropped in.
- Cast iron. Most often seen in kitchens, these sinks are made to be durable, sturdy, and long-lasting. While these sinks come in numerous colors, they can be awfully heavy if you’re trying to install your sink yourself.
- Vitreous china. This material used to be most common for bathroom sinks, but it’s now making an appearance in the kitchen as well. It looks similar to fireclay with its shiny finish, and the nonporous material is easy to keep clean, but it’s also prone to chipping.
- Solid surfacing. Made from a polyester or acrylic base, a solid surface sink looks like stone and is simple to care for. However, this material is sensitive to heat and can be easily scratched.
- Composite polyester or acrylic. These speckled sinks can be made of quartz, granite, or other types of materials, typically mixed with an acrylic or polyester resin base. They’re beautiful and scratch-resistant, but they can be quite expensive.
- Copper. While copper sinks can be pricier, they’re well worth the cost if you want something that will last a lifetime. Copper is incredibly durable, easy to maintain, and impervious to bacteria (which is a huge plus in the kitchen or bathroom).
Trendy Sink Styles
Selecting the right sink style varies based on your own personal preferences, but you’ll also need to factor in functional matters. Think about how big your space is and how much you’re willing to shell out for installation as much as you think about your favorite design trends. For a few ideas, here are the pros and cons of some of the most popular styles:
- Undermount sinks. As the name implies, these sinks are installed beneath the countertop so there’s no barrier between the sink and the counter itself. This prevents any crumbs or dust from collecting along the side of the sink and creates a modern, seamless look, but it can be a bit expensive to install.
- Drop-in sinks. These sinks are simply dropped into a hole in the countertop, with the ridge of the sink resting on the countertop. This style is less expensive than undermount sinks, and it works with pretty much any kind of countertop surface.
- Integrated sinks. If you want to completely change the look of your kitchen counter or bathroom vanity, simply choose a new countertop with a sink molded into it. Since the entire counter and sink are made with the same material, it looks sleek and elegant. The downside to this style is that it reduces the amount of possible counter space, since the transition from counter to sink gradually slopes down to the middle.
- Vessel sinks. A vessel sink often looks like a bowl that sits on top of your counter, making for a pretty and eye-catching design. Just keep in mind that if you select a deep bowl for your sink, don’t forget to account for counter height. Otherwise, your sink might end up being too high for you to comfortably wash your hands!
- Pedestal sinks. Perfect for small places or people that love the vintage, classical style. However, this option doesn’t feature any counter space or room for storage beneath the sink, which isn’t ideal for shared bathrooms.
- Farmhouse sinks. Also known as apron-front sinks, these spacious sinks are most popular in kitchens, and will likely become the focal point of your space. The style can be easily integrated to complement the rest of your kitchen decor, especially if it’s crafted out of a natural material like copper or brass.
Additional Sink Features
Even after you’ve thought of the style and type of material you want your sink to have, you’ll still have options when it comes to the number of basins you want (for kitchen sinks), and the kind of features you’d like your faucet to have. Think about the height of the faucet, whether or not it should be able to be swivel in different directions (a must for kitchens), the finish, and the overall durability of the material.
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