Sinks

2.16.2011

I recently did a post on kitchens and what is inspiring me for the new house. I have the design elements floating around in my head--- white marble, cabinets, and walls, darker island, antique or unlacquered brass hardware, and maybe some schoolhouse pendants over the island.

What I am not sure about is the sink. At first I was thinking a fireclay apron sink:





But I think I have changed my mind. Now I am trying to decide if I want one large stainless sink or two smaller sinks mounted side by side (meaning they would be divided by a strip or marble rather than the stainless divider in a double basin).





This is as close as I could find to what is in my head--- two sinks but pushed closer together with only one faucet. I hope that makes sense!


What is your ideal kitchen sink?

25 comments:

lizziefitz said...

Go big or go home:) I can honestly say that your kitchen sink can not be big enough. I would also skip the divider. That is just my 2 cents. It is like buying a two seater convertable ( it looks awesome and functions for now) but then you find out your preggers with triplets? Big big sink:)

abode love said...

I agree... go big! When I redesigned my kitchen- one of the most important things to me was to get rid of that sink divider! It drove me crazy! I looked at a ton of different sink options and ended up getting a fabulous deal on an AMAZING and super deep sink!

Here 's the link to my post about it....
http://abodelove.blogspot.com/2010/08/fab-faucet.html

Can't wait to see what you choose!

Mary said...

We just put in a large single bowl sink & I love it! Now I can finally soak my lasagna pan.

Melissa said...

The farmhouse style apron sink featured in your first several photos. I love that kind! I do love having a divider though...

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I've had the same progression of sink want. I started off loving the farmhouse variety but now I'm after one large undermount. I despise pots sitting on the counter because they don't fit in one side of the sink. For me, my next sink will be one large basin with tons of room for anything I might have to throw in it. And ps, ADORE those black windows.

Ainosofia said...

Lovely pictures <3

AS from Finland

Marianne (Style For Living) said...

I have a very large single basin undermount sink by Blanco in their Steel Art line. I LOVE it! I'd never go back to anything smaller. Everything fits,including large baking sheets!

Jennifer said...

I love to look at an apron-front, but for the cleanliness factor I'm dying for a big undermount!

Ashley said...

Gorgeous collection! I rent now, but someday I'm imagining a large farmhouse sink...a girl can dream, right?

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

GOURGOUS! - just stunning!

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Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

I went with apron front, but a 36" wide one from Porcher since it seemed to be the biggest I could get from my supplier. The sink I REALLY wanted was the Kohler Harbourview which is 48" top-mount and amazing, but the price tag wasn't something I could go for.

I have always had stainless steel in the past and to be honest, hate them. The hard water marks, I am not gentle, so there are scratches and scuffs. Blanco does make some beautiful sinks with great lines and that is the brand I have used in the past.

Another option is the Siligranite sinks by Blanco. I am using the Silk color for our wet bar, most of them come in 3 or 4 different colors, that may be another options to consider.

And with the 2 vs 1 bowl, I love the single bowl. Having had both in the past I find it works better for the way I work in my kitchen. And also, my brother has the 2 sinks side by side and separated by the granite...huge mess when cleaning up after entertaining since the typical sinks that have the divider are lower than the counter the water is more contained, with the granite divider the water is now at the same level as the countertop. Something to think about. xo

Stephanie Sabbe said...

no apron sink!? I 100% thought you would go that route. I love the other one's too! For the billionth time, I cannot wait to see what you do!

Julie said...

I think no divider. Especially in marble. Can't you just see that getting super dinged up? Or maybe that's just me - I don't take care of things well.

When you say darker island, are you meaning painted, or a different tabletop?

You posted some of my very favorite kitchens - this is going to be beautiful!

Aimee@ the Functional Space said...

Love your inspiration pics. I agree with the other commenters that you will like having one large bowl to handle large pans, hiding dishes, etc. I also don't have much love for my current (and former) stainless sinks. I have lusted over the apron sinks for a very long time but I am currently loving this beauty from Kohler (undermount cast iron with faucet mount on the sink deck)
http://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecatalog/detail.jsp?from=thumb&frm=&module=Kitchen+Sinks&item=13964002&prod_num=6410-1&section=1&category=5&resultPage=0--30709451
There's a gorgeous walnut cover/cutting board accessory that I want too.
Looking forward to seeing the outcome of all of your planning!!

designchic said...

Love one large stainless sink...it's fantastic!!

LLH Designs said...

I've really loved having one big ol' sink. Mine is a hammered copper sink with amazing patina (never looks dirty and gross, which is amazing!). It's mounted farmhouse style. (Might be able to sneak a peak in my home mama post from last week.)

There are so many ways to do a kitchen. I've learned that I could be happy with a number of different kitchens. Just enjoying the one I have right now!

Xo,
Linsey

Julie said...

Just go with what you love--don't worry about if it will be trendy or not or whatever. I LOVE my fireclay apronfront. It has a divider and I love that too (one side for dirty sippy cups, etc., one side for working/cooking.)

I love the others, too. It is only personal preference. I really wanted a second "vegetable" sink, but couldn't afford it. I think it would drive me nuts not having a divider to compartmentalize the mess!

Your home will be amazing in its neutral gorgeousness!

Things That Inspire said...

Very interesting post - one of those pictures (the first one) is in a home where my architect did the kitchen design, and another one of those pictures (with the steel sink) my kitchen designer did the kitchen design.

I love the fireclay sink, but it really didn't work for the layout of my kitchen - the main sink is in the island and not really 'seen', and the secondary sink is on a wall, but we decided that both sinks should be the same. So, we decided to do Franke stainless sinks, single bowl. The one we decided upon has been discontinued, but we were able to buy two before they stopped selling them.

We are going to have a fireclay sink in the downstairs laundry room, which is going to be a very pretty room - it will be more of the kitchen and pool laundry, and a visible space, so we wanted it to be cute.

l-kae-interiors said...

Love the idea of a large sink! It gives you the most flexibility. The Apron style is beautiful, but I think it only makes sense if the location is right. The Apron is designed to be a focal point so if the sink is situated on the back of an island, i don't think it is worth it. You can still use a Cast Iron or Fire clay sink as an under mount version that will achieve the same timeless feel, jut not with an apron. I vote single large basin in a cast iron finish!

Lisa Blair said...

I love the look of a large apron sink, but for function, I am going to choose a stainless steel double sink every time. I cook a lot which means I clean a lot, and I couldn't live without a basin for stacking dishes and a separate basin for soaking dishes. I also find that the white sinks stain easily. Stainless steel is so much easier to maintain.

megan @ a life's design said...

I love the apron front, but either way, I say the bigger the better!

A.J.Barnes said...

I vote for a single sink. I love my new (extra large) stainless farmhouse sink. Also, if you're interested check out our Nov. 12th posting with the photos of our published kitchen. It's very much as you've described. Stainless, white marble, darker cabinets, wooden island - & fans instead of pendants.

www.ajbarnesonline.blogspot.com

pam@pixelimpress said...

i have a 36" inch shaw apron sink and love it!! i can wash my cookie sheets, pizza pans, large stock pots no problem. i can stack dirty dishes on one end and still have plenty of room on the other to wash. i have the white and have no problem with staining as mentioned in one of these comments. i clean it every few days with barkeepers' liquid cleanser. i absolutely love it!

Kendall said...

Love the kitchens!!!! By the way, go to my blog and register for the painting "giveaway"! Hurry though, it ends tonight at 6! Love, love, love your blog!!!

Selvass said...

great pictures, very nice blog.
Blanco Sinks

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