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Want To Give A New Look To Your Kitchen? Change The Faucets And The Sink

Jan 24, 2008
Sink

Sink is the most important area in your kitchen. Yes, I'll rank it higher than the stove since all the activities you do in the kitchen begin and end in the sink!

Since it is used so often and for such long periods, the first attribute for a kitchen sink should be durability.

There are a wide variety of kitchen sinks available and they are made of such diverse materials as stainless steel, enameled cast iron, soapstone, concrete and quartz composite. Among these the quartz composite sinks are the most durable. The enameled cast iron sinks are also a good choice. They come in many attractive colors and are also easy to clean and maintain.

Don't even think about sinks made of china or brass. There is no doubt that they are exceedingly beautiful but are not durable at all.

If you have deep pockets you could go for nickel or copper. Of the two, nickel is the toughest but pure copper is more practical as it requires no maintenance at all.

If you only count on durability you may go for enameled cast iron sinks because one may last you even twenty five years! But care has to be taken to preserve the enamel coating because it tends to crack quite easily. You can't afford to forget using the sink mat!

But the most widely popular kitchen sinks are those made of stainless steel. They are very easy to clean and though slightly noisy when used, can last for years together. The only problem is that they tend to get dented quite easily. So, proper care has to taken while lowering or taking out utensils from the sink.

The smooth clean lines of design and their gleaming finish allow them to match perfectly with any type of kitchen décor. In fact the gleaming bright steel acts as a counterpoint to predominantly wood and laminate décor in the kitchen. A newer variety of stainless steel known as brushed steel or matte finish steel has set the markets on fire. Sinks made from this material have a sober classy subdued look but what is more practical is that they hide the scratches and dents more effectively.

Mirror finish and satin bowls with mirrored edges are also popular varieties of stainless steel kitchen sinks.

While you choose a sink take care that it fits with the kitchen décor. A deep single porcelain enamel kitchen sink will be a jewel in a farmhouse style kitchen; while a tile-in sink will look perfect in a French Country style kitchen.

Faucets

There are hundreds of varieties of kitchen faucets available in the market but till now the stainless steel faucets are the undisputed market leaders. The most popular stainless steel kitchen faucet is the one with three separate outlets for warm water, cold water and a spout with three separate knobs to control each of them.

There are many other finishes you can choose from to suit your kitchen décor perfectly. You can go for high-gloss satin, antique brass, or even opt for gold plating if your pockets are really deep, or choose powder coated decorator colors in various shades to accentuate the overall ambiance in your kitchen.

These days brushed nickel has also become very popular and oil rubbed bronze is fast catching the customers' fancy.
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