Our assistant product manager Ashley discusses the modern kitchen sink and how you can incorporate a fully functional stylish design into your kitchen
Your kitchen sink is arguably one of the most important elements in your kitchen. Yet it’s often one, which can be overlooked. Most people agonise for ages over their choice of oven, for example, comparing different models and specifications. The kitchen sink can be perceived as a more simple, basic item, so less consideration goes into its selection. However, there are a whole host of sizes and styles available. And ,when it comes to choosing a modern kitchen sink design, we think it requires some thought. In terms of frequent use, this product really is one of the hardest-working components.
Aside from thrice-daily ‘proper’ washing up, think how frequently you use your sink to clean vegetables, wash your hands, and rinse crockery and delicate glassware. It really is the workhouse of your kitchen. As part of the hallowed triangle in your hub of the home, your sink sees a lot of traffic every day. This usage has been even more frequent with so many of us still working from home. But that doesn’t mean its appearance isn’t important. With modern kitchen models, there’s absolutely no need to choose between function and form. In fact, you can combine usage and aesthetics to create the perfect sink solution.
Assistant product manager Ashley Allen explores some of the options available:
Modern kitchen sink must-have metallics
Metallics have proved themselves to be a trend, which looks set to stay in interiors. Silver and chrome have taken centre stage in the heart of the home, but copper, gunmetal and gold have now caught up – especially where modern kitchen sinks are concerned. Metallics are a fantastic way to add warmth to your wet zone, and they are pretty versatile, too. Choose muted tones to match a subtle colour scheme, or go bold with gold to make a serious style statement. Mixing metallics is another increasingly popular option. It’s a great way to add interest and show off your individual style.
Our Mode175 two-tone gold and stainless-steel finish sink fits the bill perfectly. This sink features PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating, which is highly resistant to tarnishing, corrosion and scratches. It also creates a brilliant finish for colour, so there’s no need to worry about fading.
Gold standard: Our stunning Mode175 two-tone gold and stainless steel sink is the perfect way to mix metallics in your kitchen.
Stainless steel appeal
There’s no doubt that this material is timeless. One of the most popular options for both traditional and modern kitchen sinks, it’s affordable, long-lasting and easy to maintain. Stainless steel sinks are easy to pair with matching taps and hardware.
A brushed finish, as featured on our Zero models, helps to disguise splashes and fingerprints. It’s worth pointing out that one-and-a-half bowls are very versatile. For example, you can use one side for food prep or to soak dirtier items, while you wash your hands in the other.
Our versatile Zero kitchen sink range can be inset or under-mounted. You can also choose between left and right bowl versions.
The modern kitchen sink in black
Another way to make a statement with your modern kitchen sink is to embrace the dark side! Black products continue to grow in popularity, and so too is this shade for contemporary kitchen sinks. This colour works brilliantly with pale, neutral kitchens or you can simply blend it with a matching worktop and cabinetry.
Our distinctive black steel Mode045/BS sink is the perfect pick for anyone keen to introduce an on-trend industrial aesthetic to their kitchen. It also features PVD coating for a durable finish. Our Mode045 adds an instant modern finish to any contemporary kitchen. It’s available as single bowl version (pictured) and a one-and-a-half bowl, the MODE3415/R/BS.
Big is beautiful
Where modern kitchen sinks are concerned, sometimes size really does matter. The problem with going large, however, is installation. Certain bigger models won’t fit into a standard 800m base unit – and choosing a 1000mm wide one in order to accommodate a longer length isn’t always a viable option. That’s why we have created our Leesti LEE760. This single bowl, under-mounted sink measures a generous 760mm in length. However, it’s the first of its kind to fit an 800mm wide base unit perfectly, making installation a breeze.
Our Leesti sink consist of Geotech granite, which features 80% natural materials. This particular model is available in Anthracite, Desert Sand, Chalk White and Pebble Grey – four fabulous neutrals that are sure to complement any contemporary kitchen colour scheme.
Our Leesti sink, pictured here in Anthracite, is the perfect pairing for our Avel tap in blackened copper.
Built to last
Durability is naturally a very important consideration for such a high-traffic area. Modern kitchen sinks can come in a wide variety of materials, including cast iron, stone, soapstone and composites. But appearances can be deceptive – which has its advantages. For example, copper sinks look beautiful. However, if the material is pure, it can be susceptible to acid attack and prone to developing patina.
The solution? Camouflage…Did you know that our Mode045/CO is actually made from 1.2mm brushed stainless steel? We add the copper finish using PVD, for a highly-durable, stylish option.
Our Mode045 copper sink is actually made from stainless steel with a striking, on-trend colour finish.
If an ultra-modern kitchen sink does not appeal, there are plenty more traditional options with a dash of contemporary style to consider, such as our Geotech Belfast. The Belfast model derives from a Butler version; both are known for their deep bowl, overall sturdiness and simple aesthetic.
Classic with a modern touch
This type of sink is generally considered to be a traditional design. But this model, which features our modern Geotech granite finish, combines the best of both worlds. It’s available in black and grey, in line with demand for strong, dark colours in the wet zone. The on-trend dark colours and new material of our Geotech Belfast sink add a modern twist to this traditional style.
You could choose an under-mounted ceramic sink to create classic kitchen style with a modern twist. I think our Friska is a perfect example. We also finish every model by hand, so each one is unique. Our Ceramic sinks are stain-resistant and easy to keep clean. This style will work well with a contemporary composite worktop.
Ceramic sink fans can look forward to a new release next month – our Chepstow2. Similar to the original Chepstow model in terms of modern styling, this latest creation incorporates a more slimline profile. However, you benefit from slightly roomier 455mm bowls within the same 490mm width overall. There’s also more space at the base as this sink tapers down by around 5mm (the previous version was 12mm). This double bowl model is an elegant, yet practical choice, that works well with most kitchen styles
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