Natural Stone Sink
Stainless steel and porcelain sinks have long been the favorite choice for kitchens in modern homes, but natural stone sinks are making a splash in a big way. Home owners are getting back to earthy styles and materials. The beauty and durability of natural stone gives kitchen sinks long-lasting elegance. Natural stone sinks are also an obvious choice in kitchens with existing stone features, like granite and marble countertops.
The advantages of natural stone sinks are many. The hard part is deciding on just one beautiful stone as the right choice for your kitchen design.
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Stone is becoming a more popular option for those tired of the standard stainless-steel sink. The material adds Old World style and strong-as-a-rock durability to any kitchen.
Choosing the Best Natural Stone
Marble and granite are already found in many kitchen designs, so home owners are making the move toward complimentary sinks made of these natural stones. Because granite and marble countertops are so popular, kitchen sink manufacturers are making sure matching basins are more readily available.
Marble is a bit less durable than granite, in that it can be dulled by certain acidic foods like citrus juice over time. Yet both natural stones make for beautifully durable sinks that stand the test of time if the manufacturer took extra steps to seal the stone properly.
Limestone and soapstone are also great choices for kitchen sinks. Limestone is especially unique because of the fossil patterns that can be found in some of the designs. Home owners need to make sure that limestone sinks are sealed really well, as this porous natural stone could otherwise absorb unwanted food odors and stains.
Soapstone has been a classic material for kitchen sinks for many centuries because of its soft surface and very strong density. A soapstone sink must be oiled on occasion to keep its luster, but that’s an easy task well worth the soapstone beauty and resilience.
Stone Sink Design
Many natural stone kitchen sinks are made in the apron style. An apron sink is usually a large rectangular-shaped basin that rests inside the countertop, with the front part of the basin fully visible. These apron sinks made from natural stones are often cut whole from one large solid stone segment and are very heavy as a result.
The stone sink can be polished or left with a natural earthy matte finish. For kitchens with glossy granite or marble countertops, a complimentary natural stone sink can be custom made to match the shade and shimmer of the counter stone.
Sealing and Reinforcing
It bears repeating that natural stone kitchen sinks require extra-sturdy sealant to keep them looking beautiful for longer, as well as need reinforced counter tops to securely hold the extra weight. Alert kitchen contractors and home designers about any plans to use a natural stone sink, so they can ensure the best construction and installation practices.
Natural Stone in Modern Homes
The use of natural stone sinks in modern homes gives them some really appealing Old World style. Whether reminiscent of a marble sink from an Italian villa or a soapstone sink from an old farmhouse in the American Midwest, choosing a natural stone sink adds some magnificent classic flare to contemporary kitchen décor.
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