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Stylish Kitchen Sink Trends

Kitchen Sink, Image courtesy of cbath

Stylish Kitchen Sink Trends

One of the most hard-working features in a kitchen; your sink should be both functional and reflective of your kitchen's style. Learn about various materials and styles available in kitchen sinks.

The Latest Trends in Kitchen Sinks Kitchen sinks have come a long way. Today's sinks are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials and can include a wide range of accessories, including utensil trays, drying racks and colanders.

Bigger is better, when it comes to kitchen sinks. The new trend in the kitchen is installing a large, single-bowl sink - which is more efficient for rinsing and washing, especially large pots and pans. The standard single bowl sink is 25 inches, but now people are looking for bowls that are 30 to 36 inches. Image courtesy of cbath.

Kitchen Sink Trends, Large Single Bowl Sink - Image courtesy of cbath

Rims are out, for most of us anyway. The majority of new homeowners are spending the extra money (about a couple hundred more) to get an undermounted or integral sink. It not only looks great, but it is very functional. Undermount sinks, which are installed below the countertop, offer a seamless look and allow for easy countertop cleanup. This type of sink can only be used with solid-surface countertops, such as granite, marble or composite. Enameled cast iron, another popular material for kitchen sinks, is an affordable option available in a wide range of colors. Image courtesy of Kohler.

Kitchen Sink Trends, Undermount, image courtesy of Kohler

Integrated Quartz Sink: Seamless Design

Many quartz composite countertop manufacturers offer integrated kitchen sinks with their countertops, creating a sleek look and a seamless transition for easy cleanup. Image courtesy of Silestone

Integrated Quartz Sink, Image courtesy of Silestone

Porcelain Apron Sink: Farmhouse Revival

Farmhouse sinks, otherwise known as apron sinks, have an exposed front that sometimes stick out past the front of the cabinet a bit. These are most often used in kitchens with a rustic or country-style décor. The bowl itself is typically deeper than the average sink. Apron sinks are available in a wide range of materials, including porcelain, stainless steel and copper. And, they are also available in a top-mount design for easy installation and use on most laminate countertops. Perfect for those looking for a quick update without changing the countertops. Image courtesy of Kohler

Porcelain Apron Sink: Farmhouse Revival, Image courtesy of Kohler

Self-Rimming Sinks: Tried and True

Available in stainless steel, porcelain and enameled cast iron, self-rimming or top-mount sinks are the most popular type of sink and the easiest to install. The sink's weight is supported by a rim that extends above the countertop surface. Durable, affordable and easy to clean, stainless steel is the most popular material for kitchen sinks. Image courtesy of Kohler Co.

Self-Rimming Sinks, Image courtesy of Kohler

Prep Sinks: Functional and Stylish

More and more homeowners are supplementing their primary kitchen sinks with food preparation sinks, which are available in a variety of shapes and styles. This crescent-shaped sink is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing, with its curved design and dual drains. Image courtesy of Native Trails, Inc.Trough Sinks

If you've ever tried to work at a sink with more than one person, you know how crowded a conventional square or rectangular sink space can get. Trough sinks solve that problem. Because of their longer, narrower shape, trough sinks work well on plumbed kitchen islands. Image courtesy of Kohler.

Tim Franklin is the President Franklin & Associates and invites you to contact him with your home remodeling and design questions at

Franklin & Associates Design-Build is a nationally recognized fully integrated Architecture, Construction and Interior Design Company specializing in the designing and building of new custom homes, residential home remodeling, home additions, historical renovation and restoration, and specialty commercial projects in Northeast Ohio including Akron, Bath, Cleveland, Hudson, Medina, and Canton.

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