Whether you love it, hate it, or claim to feel completely neutral about it, the kitchen sink is where you’re likely to spend most of your time when you’re in the kitchen. There is more to consider than how pretty it looks next to your new wood cabinets or sparkling granite countertops. We’ll get to that in a minute. In the meantime, think about what you do at the sink. You spend time cleaning vegetables and fruits, washing dishes, even bathing the baby – it’s the center of action. How can you choose what style of sink to go with, when there are hundreds of options available?
The first thing to consider when choosing a new sink is function. Every family uses their kitchen in a unique way. The space adapts to your needs, and your kitchen sink should, too. Today’s home cook has more options in sink style, design, and capacity than at any other point in history. You can buy a sink that is designed strictly for washing vegetables, or one that comes with cutting boards, strainers, or a drying rack built in. Double sinks are excellent for dishwasher free homes, but pointless for most others. Farmhouse sinks and deep apron front designs are smart picks if you do a lot of gardening, or plan on bathing a baby in your kitchen sink (Trust us, it’s more common than you think!).
When you pick a style of sink, think about your family. How do you share the kitchen space? What gets done in the sink? What material choices would work best for your family? Before considering the appearance, design, or resale value, you need to find a sink style that fits your needs.
Now that you’ve considered what you need, think about what matches the design concept you have for your kitchen as a whole. While you can find a sink shape and style (e.g., double or triple bowl sinks, apron fronts (farmhouse), single basin bar and utility sinks) that fits your needs, you also want one that blends seamlessly into your entire space. Now is when a keen eye for style can serve you well.
Remember how much time you spent contemplating the perfect cabinetry, and debating the virtues of quartz vs. granite countertops?Don’t slack off with your kitchen sink. You’ve created a space with a specific ambiance. Pick a sink that matches. Do you want an undermount or overmount unit, or an exposed apron front? A vintage look, or something ultra-modern? What fixtures do you want to use? Consider these factors, and you’ll have a decent idea of where to go with your sink.
Next, look into materials. Stainless steel is an excellent pick for many kitchens. It has a high end look with little fuss, holds up well to wear, is easy to clean, and won’t stain. That said, it isn’t for everyone. Steel can create an industrial feel, depending on how it is incorporated into the space. If you prefer a porcelain white finish, consider ceramic or enamel coated sinks. Enamel coated models hold up well to wear, while ceramic models offer a high-end shine that appeals to many homeowners.
The kitchen is a place many home buyers don’t want to invest. If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, think about what is in fashion at the moment. Apron front sinks are hot items, as well as nearly any undermount design. Many home buyers look for multiple sinks, a feature that makes the space more user-friendly. If you have the extra space, consider adding a utility or bar sink to your kitchen. If you incorporate multiple sinks in the layout, keep the style and finishes coordinated. A mismatched set of sinks looks like you were bargain shopping, and can turn off potential buyers.
Give your potential buyers plenty of options – a kitchen in a home that’s going on the market should be a clean, but stylish, slate. Stay away from edgier design choices, and use durable materials that give a high-end feel. Neutral color palettes are a good idea, but keep the sink white, cream, or stainless steel. You might think a sand or dark brown sink is attractive, but buyers may not share your tastes.
Choosing a kitchen sink that matches your family’s needs should be your primary objective. Consider elements like design and resale value afterwards. Remember that what works for you and yours may not be the best fit for everyone else. If you plan on reselling in the near future, stick with safe colors, and designs that work well with multiple kitchen concepts. From the cabinets, to the granite countertops and stylish sink that you add to your space, each step of a kitchen remodel is equally important.