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Kitchen Sinks:Style for Your Kitchen

Updated on February 04, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Whether you are updating or completely remodeling a kitchen the kitchen sink is an important design feature.  Modern kitchen sinks come in many colors, styles, and price ranges and with Internet shopping it is easy to find one that will work for you. 

To choose the perfect sink for your kitchen keep the following points in mind:

  • How big is your biggest pot?  There is nothing worse than trying to clean a pot that will not fit into the sink.
  • Do you need a double basin sink?
  • What material will fit with your kitchen décor?
  • How much can you afford to spend on your new sink?
  • Are there any special features that you are looking for?
  • Will you want an apron sink, top or bottom mounted sink?

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Sink Mounting Styles

There are basically three ways that a sink can be installed in your kitchen.  Each technique results in a different look. 

Top mounted sinks are installed through holes cut into the countertop.  The rim of the sink sits on top of the counter and the basin is below.  The rim of the sink helps to seal the cut edges of the countertop.  This is the classic sink installation, appropriate in almost any home.

Under mounted sinks are installed below the surface of the counter.  There is no sink rim above the counter.  The hole that is cut in the countertop must be cut very precisely and carefully to keep it from looking sloppy and unprofessional.  The cut edges must also be made of a waterproof material or finished out to protect the counter from water damage.  This technique is often used for a contemporary kitchen style.

An apron sink is what most people think of when they think of a farmhouse kitchen.  The sink is set onto the countertop and the front of the sink is left exposed.  These sinks are often very large and are great for people who cook a lot or have large pans.

 

Choosing Materials for Your Sink

An early twentieth century farmhouse sink was usually made of heavy cast iron. In mid-century Ranch style homes the most common kitchen sink was made of ceramic, often cocoa brown or white. Later, stainless steel became popular for home kitchens. Today there are many more choices than ever before for the homeowner.

Stainless steel is a popular choice for many people. It is heat and cold resistant and can’t be chipped. It can be scratched, however, and abrasive cleaners should be avoided.

Stainless steel sinks are lightweight and inexpensive. This can also mean that they can look cheap if you are not careful to buy a top quality product.

Porcelain or enamel overcast iron is the material that most people think of when they think of a kitchen sink. This sink material can be purchased in numerous colors to perfectly match your décor. These sinks can be chipped and scratched, however, and over time the finish will wear off and it will look dull. The enamel sink is the less expensive of these two sinks but it does not wear as well.

Composite sinks are made from durable, stain resistant materials. These sinks are easy to clean and lightweight. They can give the look of a granite or soapstone sink without the cost. Composite kitchen sinks have many advantages over the other materials but they are not the most inexpensive choice.

There are also other materials that are not as common. These include:

  • Copper
  • Oil rubbed bronze
  • Fireclay

Slideshow:Kitchen Sinks

This slideshow illustrates some of the many sink styles available.  If you see one you like the links to the images can be found in the Amazon sidebar.

 

Finding the perfect sink is one of the most important tasks that you will need to accomplish when you update your kitchen.  Take your time and get what you really want and what will work best for you.  It should last a very long time.

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Black diamond composite sink.  Perfect for your contemporary kitchenKohler Stainless steel sink with workspace, for the serious cook.Apron sink with decorated front. Classic French country style.Red acrylic top mount sink is perfect for a retro look kitchen.Copper verdegris apron sinkOil rubbed bronze topmount sink will be a beautiful design element to almost any kitchen.Granite corner kitchen sink combo
Black diamond composite sink.  Perfect for your contemporary kitchen
Black diamond composite sink. Perfect for your contemporary kitchen
Kohler Stainless steel sink with workspace, for the serious cook.
Kohler Stainless steel sink with workspace, for the serious cook.
Apron sink with decorated front. Classic French country style.
Apron sink with decorated front. Classic French country style.
Red acrylic top mount sink is perfect for a retro look kitchen.
Red acrylic top mount sink is perfect for a retro look kitchen.
Copper verdegris apron sink
Copper verdegris apron sink
Oil rubbed bronze topmount sink will be a beautiful design element to almost any kitchen.
Oil rubbed bronze topmount sink will be a beautiful design element to almost any kitchen.
Granite corner kitchen sink combo
Granite corner kitchen sink combo

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      Marye Audet 4 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      I love the big sinks as well.

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      CindyTreemore 4 years ago

      Great article! I really like the tips...I never thought about choosing a sink based on the size of what goes in it. I have a porcelain apron sink (from MR Direct) and my kitchen is pretty modern. I love the old-world twist on a modern space.

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      sarahpucci 6 years ago

      Beautiful and informative hub! I am all about making my kitchen look more stylish! Thanks Marye!

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