Sink & Faucet Design Tips Your Kitchen Needs Now

Katelyn Preston August 5, 2016

Today, kitchen sinks and faucets are no longer just functional fixtures, they are much more — often treated as fashionable accessories for the kitchen! Faucets and sinks come in more finishes and styles than you can imagine. There are corner sinks, trough sinks, apron-front or farmhouse styles, under mount sinks, and bar/prep sinks, all of which are available in a variety of materials including concrete, solid-surfacing, stone, porcelain, copper, and other metals.

Your choice of kitchen faucets is equally broad — bridge faucets, pot fillers, pull-down faucets, and bar/prep sink faucets in polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronzes, nickel, and several other types of materials and finishes.

While finding a pair that’s got the right look and price range is easy, making the right choice can be a little difficult. Here are some tips that will help you find your way through the sea of choices to explore sink and faucet design ideas for your kitchen.  

Single, Double, or Triple Bowl Sinks?

This is often the first question that comes to mind when you’re out to buy kitchen sinks. The kitchen sink sees a lot of action in terms of both prep work and clean-up. Therefore, you need to choose a sink that works well with your daily needs and complements your working style.

Single bowl sinks come in multiple sizes. While they go well with any size of kitchen, they’re especially suited to small kitchens with limited counter space. However, if you’re used to multitasking in the kitchen, for example, cleaning up while doing the prep work, a single bowl may not be for you as you would need more space.

If your kitchen has no room to accommodate another sink or a double bowl sink, you can work around this problem by using add-ons like rinse baskets that will allow you to juggle between the two jobs easily.  

Double bowl sinks typically come in two types — two basins of different sizes and two basins of the same size. While double bowls don’t accommodate large stockpots and roasting pans, they are great for getting two things done at the same time — such as washing and rinsing dishes, or clean up and food preparation. Dual basins also allow more people to work at the sink without getting in each other’s way.  However, since double bowls take up more space, they may not work well in small kitchens. 

Triple bowl sinks usually have two large bowls and a smaller bowl for waste disposal. Unless you have a large kitchen area, triple bowls will leave you with less useful countertop space.

Installation Style, Material, and Other Factors

Installation style is an important consideration when getting your kitchen a new sink. Your choice should ideally depend on the size of your kitchen, its décor — whether it’s traditional, contemporary, transitional or rustic — your kitchen countertops, and your cooking habits.

If you have stone or solid surface tops, it’s great to have under mount sinks, which are mounted from the underside of the counter, leaving a seamless counter surface to wipe scraps and crumbs into the sink. Plus, it also maximizes counter space.

For laminate and solid surface countertops, a top mount sink — in which the bowl drops into a hole in the countertop and rests on the perimeter — is an ideal choice.

If you’re looking to install a new sink without changing anything else, drop-in style is the most convenient to replace with the least amount of hassle.

When you want to invest for long-term, farmhouse sinks with a single large bowl might be what you need. Because of the materials they are made from, which mostly include fireclay, copper, stone, concrete etc., they are highly durable and are a beautiful focal point.

Speaking of materials, stainless steel is often the most popular choice in sinks for various reasons, including its ability to appear new for longer than other materials. However, steel may not sync well with all types of kitchen décors. From quartz and granite to porcelain, brass or ceramic, today’s manufacturers offer sinks in a variety of materials and shades. It’s only a matter of choosing one that fits your needs, style, and budget. However, be warned: colorful sinks may look great, but you may have to pay 15-40% more for anything other than white.

Get Faucets that Complement Your Sink

It’s best to buy faucets after you’ve zeroed in on the sink. This will ensure they perfectly complement each other. Since faucets get handled the whole day, it’s advisable you get the best you can afford. Trust us, it’s worth the extra investment so yours doesn’t break after the first month.  

Before you buy a faucet, it’s necessary to know the number of holes your sink or countertop can accommodate, unless you want to drill a new countertop hole to suit a particular faucet. Another reason why your faucet should follow your sink is because a faucet taller than the sink depth will make splashes when you use it. If it’s too low, soaking or washing large pots in your sink can be a problem.

Typical faucet finishes include polished and brushed chrome, high-gloss, satin, and antique brass, gold-plating, and powder-coated enamel in colors such as white, black, red, and gray. Some brands offer better finishes in their higher-priced models, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping around for kitchen faucets.  

Lastly, always test out a faucet before buying it. Make sure the handle and levers allow easy movement and the sprayer pulls out and returns easily.

The next time you plan to give your kitchen sink and faucet an upgrade, remember these tips. You’ll be better positioned to make the right choices!