“Everything old becomes new again.”
“There is nothing new under the sun.”
You’ve no doubt heard those two phrases more times than you care to remember. What’s interesting today, at least in terms of new kitchen sink designs, is that what’s new is really interesting and may never have been seen before.
Take, for instance, the trendy sinks that Kohler has introduced: One of them is a freestanding model of heat-resistant, enameled cast iron that functions as a kitchen island with a stainless steel rack for a base. The shallow trough at its working center is surrounded by a flat surface and it certainly isn’t meant for washing pots and pans. In fact, it’s as much a piece of sculpture as it is a prep sink, and it has the kind of undeniable visual appeal that will, undoubtedly, appeal to the style-setters of the kitchen design scene.
A few years ago, the most popular sink trends were apron front models that looked back in time to capture a keeping room or “Grandma’s kitchen” kind of appeal. They are still offered today, both in white and with color or embossed options, but the latest twist is apron sinks in hammered metal finishes or fabricated of trendy, exotic materials. Consider a copper apron sink if you have a transitional kitchen with some rustic touches, or opt for a totally green model made of bamboo to highlight your commitment to sustainability and the environment.
Farmhouse sinks are seeing a resurgence in modern kitchens, but again they tend to have modern lines and can even be fully integrated with solid surface counter materials, making cleanup a breeze and virtually eliminating any problems caused by splashing. Some fabricators offer a sloping “drain board” on one or both sides of the sink basin. Other manufacturers present updated versions of the huge 4 to 6 foot sink with drain board that was so serviceable for generations of European and American cooks. They are even being shown in outdoor kitchens today, and they are marvelous for filling with ice and using as beverage chillers for backyard barbecues.
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