One of the most essential additions to a new kitchen is the sink, or what some call the basin. The sink needs to be the right size, style and shape for the kitchen, so that it not only looks good, but also functions well.
Many standard sinks are made from stainless steel, cast iron with an enamel coat or even granite. However, the wooden basin is becoming an increasingly popular choice with those who are renovating their kitchens, as this type of sink offers style as well as practicality.
Stainless steel sinks are often chosen because they are more readily available than other basins and are considered to be easy to clean and maintain. The reality is that there are plenty of other options that are just as simple to care for and are affordable too. Stainless steel is not the most stylish choice either, as it can look quite plain. For those who want a sink that can work as a style feature of the kitchen as well as perform well, then a wooden basin or an iron cast basin may be a better option. If you are considering an enamel coated, cast iron basin, do bear in mind that the enamel has a tendency to wear and scratch over time, so it may not be a great purchase for those who need a very durable basin.
Wooden basins are straightforward to use, look great and require very little maintenance, making them an excellent choice for many people. They are a great option for anyone who wants a rustic or shabby chic style in their kitchen. Whilst years ago it was common to have a single sink, nowadays, many basins are double bowled, as this allows one to clean dishes and wash vegetables separately. The oversized basin is ideal for washing larger baking trays, pots and pans, whilst the smaller one can be used for rinsing glasses.
The faucet of the sink is just as important as the basin itself. There is a huge range of faucets available today, so there is a design to suit everyone’s tastes. The finish and functionality of the faucet are the most important things to keep in mind when shopping around. The majority of faucets have ceramic, disc, ball or cartridge valves. The ceramic discs tend to be most durable. In terms of materials, solid brass is a great choice, as this will last for years and looks very elegant and stylish. Other options include pewter, brushed nickel, polished nickel or chrome, all of which are good choices; it just depends on what finish will work best with the decor of the rest of the kitchen.
Many faucet designs today feature a double handle, however a single lever tends to look simpler and more chic. A spray arm is a practical choice for those who need to wash larger pots and it’s also great for rinsing out the sink and filling up pots. A separate hot water dispenser can also be a useful addition to the basin.