When it comes to designing your kitchen, you’ve probably given a lot of thought to the larger aspects of the space such as the countertop and layout. However, taking the time and expending the effort to choose the right kitchen sinks and tapware for your kitchen is just as important.
Your sink and tap are some of the most frequently used parts of the kitchen but there’s a lot more to these humble features than just their utility. Despite being understated, choosing the right material and design that complements the overall aesthetic of your kitchen and home can really go a long way to bringing your interior design together.
To help you, we’ll run through the basics in kitchen sinks and tapware.
Flush mount vs undermount sink – the types of kitchen sinks available
If you’re operating on a budget and are happy to go with the simplest and most commonly used option, an inset sink is ideal. Affordable, practical and durable, the standard inset sink is set into the countertop. The tapware can be mounted to the sink itself or to an adjoining surface. There are a variety of sink rim designs to choose from, including bevel edges or raised rims, depending on your personal preference.
The undermount sink is similar to the inset sink in many ways but is tucked further under the surface of the benchtop. This gives the entire look a cleaner, minimalist and more streamlined aesthetic, if that’s your preference. There are practical elements as well to the undermount sink as you can more easily wipe liquid or spills into the bowl, but other considerations such as drainage and the likelihood of chipping are also important to think about.
Flush mount sink
There is some confusion when comparing flush mount sinks vs undermount sinks. In essence, the undermount sink is placed into the countertop with an opening cut out from it. The flush mount, on the other hand, does not get installed into a cut hole but directly onto the top of the counter surface. This allows for a sleeker look but does make replacing the countertop sometime in the future more complicated. Flush mount sinks are also generally more expensive to purchase and when it comes to installation due to the complexity.
Material Options for Sinks
Sinks, basins and vanities are available in a variety of materials, each with their pros and cons.
Enamel-finished sinks are quite easy to clean and maintain which makes them practical and provide a variety of options of finishes. However, they can be heavy and require additional reinforced cabinetry, plus the enamel can be worn away over time.
A stainless steel sink offers many practical benefits. It’s hygienic, durable and among the cheaper of options. Apart from the metallic aesthetic of stainless steel, some sinks can be prone to making a lot of noise with running water and low quality steel can become scratched with usage.
Composite materials are often made from a mixture of quartz, natural stone and resin. There are many reasons to choose a composite stone: from its durability to its stain resistant nature, but boiling water and water marks can be an issue.
A brushed brass sink can look fantastic in a number of rustically themed or country-styled kitchens and homes. Durable and easy to maintain, brushed brass is practical but it does come at a higher price point than other types of sinks.
Natural stone is a popular and luxurious-looking option for sinks. There are a variety of options of natural stone available, such as granite, quartzite, travertine, onyx, and marble. There’s also plenty of aesthetic variety with colours and shading ranging from bluey-caramel with the Azul Macubas and light grey Tundra limestone to the pale pink and intricately veined Cristallo Rosa quartzite, and everything in between!
What to Consider with Tapware
The best kitchen tapware for your kitchen will depend a lot on your particular stylistic preferences, the overall aesthetic of your bathroom and the general layout of your sink.
Matching your kitchen sinks
The first thing to consider with your tapware is what will match your sinks. While bought separately, there is often wide enough choice available that you can find taps to match just about any sink. Consider both the design, colour, shape and size when you’re looking to match the sink with the tapware.
Choose your style
Do you prefer a single lever mixer that will sit in the middle of your sink? Do you want a tap that sits to the right or left? Does it need to accommodate a soap dispenser of some description? Take the time to consider how you plan on using the tap and how the style being considered will complement your activity in and around the sink.
Height and size
Apart from needing a tap that can be installed physically and is compatible with your sink, taps, faucets and spouts come in all heights and sizes. There is no size that suits everyone’s ergonomics or preferences. So take the time to think about the functionality of any tap in consideration.
Look around the sink
Due to the fact that every kitchen is different and the layout and cabinetry are different, make sure to think about the area surrounding your sink as well. Low hanging cabinets, electrical appliances and a variety of other factors can help you determine what type of tap is right for you.
Explore Stone Kitchen Sinks and Tapware at Euro Marble
Euro Marble is a leading supplier of the highest quality of natural stone in Australia. If you’re considering different types of kitchen sinks and accompanying tapware, make sure to come into our showroom or contact us today to find out just how gorgeous and practical a natural stone sink can be for you!