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Has Your Kitchen Sink Sunk?

Aug 17, 2007
No, not literally sunk. Not unless your countertops have some serious issues. But its appearance may make your kitchen look terrible.

A kitchen sink can sound pretty easy to choose, but there are a lot of little details that can make it more difficult than you might expect. Materials, size, number of basins, these are factors that will suddenly become very important when you start looking around.

Just as an example: I grew up in a house with two basins for the kitchen sink. I've always found that comfortable. One for washing, one for rinsing. It just seemed logical to me and I couldn't picture going to just one basin.

But the time came when I moved into a home with a single large basin for a kitchen sink. Much to my surprise, I love it. A part of that was how easy it made washing my son when he was an infant, but it's also just comfortable for washing dishes. I hadn't expected that.

Just as I was, you may be surprised by the features you will turn out to like. It may not be what you've always had.

Simply replacing a sink is not easy. The range of sizes is amazing, so limiting yourself to the size of the current hole may make putting the new one in much simpler but will greatly complicate your shopping.

On the other hand, if it's a serious kitchen remodel and you're replacing the countertops you have a lot of freedom. You can pick any sink that appeals to you.

Most kitchen sinks are stainless steel. It's a nice, practical material, but it's not the only choice out there. You can pick a color that goes well with your kitchen overall. Depending on your taste, that may well be the classic stainless steel sink. Stainless steel kitchens are very popular, and obviously most people wouldn't want anything other than a stainless steel sink in a stainless steel kitchen.

On the other hand, a darker sink may go well with some kinds of countertops. I've seen a kitchen with granite countertops that looks beautiful with a matte black sink. The darkness really adds to the appearance, and of course is quite functional too.

The right kitchen sink is one of many factors that finishes off a really great looking kitchen. Take your time choosing the right one and don't just slap in the cheapest one you can find. You'll be living with your choice for many years.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster runs http://www.kitchenthoughts.com/ as a resource for people wanting to remodel their kitchens. Get more kitchen remodeling ideas from her site.
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