The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s a place where friends and family gather, both for daily family life and weekend entertaining – an informal place to chat, eat and relax. So important is the kitchen, an increasing number of homes are designed around an open-plan living space, with the kitchen as its centrepiece. Within the busy kitchen, it’s the humble sink that handles most of the chores, making the tap the hardest-working piece of equipment in the home. So when planning a new kitchen, it’s vital that your new sink and taps look fabulous and are built to last.
The first consideration when designing a new kitchen is how to organise the layout to make the most of the space available. If you’re on a tight budget, or are looking for ways to save so you can splurge on your dream countertops, you may want to leave the plumbing alone and install your new sink in place of your old one. If you can afford to move your sink, make sure you do so for a good reason. Let’s face it: washing up is a chore that most people don’t particularly enjoy, but place your sink by a window with a view and you may be fighting over the dishes. If you have an open plan living/dining area, you may prefer to place the sink so it faces into the room. That way you can keep an eye on the kids or continue chatting with your guests while you work.
Next, it’s all about design. For the traditionalist, Belfast or farmhouse sinks are a nod to the past that are making a very fashionable comeback. These solid, old-fashioned sinks resemble those found in historic farmhouses, and add a timeless appeal to your home. Undermount sinks are becoming a favourite for the contemporary, minimalist kitchen, as they offer a seamless look and are easy to clean up. However, for the ultra-minimalist effect, look no further than a fully integrated sink that will give your kitchen the ultimate in sleek lines. If you’re after a tried and tested design, a self-rimming sink will never go out of fashion.
Finally, there is a wide range of materials to choose from when designing your dream kitchen. Depending on your choice of sink, the decision may be made for you: Belfast and farmhouse sinks are generally ceramic, whereas integrated sinks will be the same as your countertops – usually quartz, or marble if you’ve gone for the high-end option.