Anyone who loves to cook knows how important having the right sink in a kitchen is for ease of food prep and clean up. Sinks that are too small, too large, not deep enough or that simply do not work with countertop create an out of balance look to the kitchen that cannot be corrected.

Which Comes First – The Sink or the Countertop?

Most people start by choosing the countertop, then chose a sink that works with the colors, edge profiles and the overall look of the countertop and cabinet combination.

However, if you know you want a particular style, size or type of sink, it may be a good idea to start with this in mind. Where the sink is located in relation to other design features in the kitchen will also be a deciding factor in how the counters are designed and how large or small the sink can be.

There are some types of sinks that are designed to sit to the front of the counter and actually the front side of the sink is visible and not fully inset into the counter. These sinks, typically called apron front sinks or farmhouse sinks, come in standard colors. Different manufacturers offer slightly different color options, but black, white and neutral browns and beige or off-white colors are also available.

With these types of sinks, which have a modern and sophisticated look, matching the countertop with the sink is important, as there will be visibility of both. Additionally, the counters themselves should be selected to match the lines of the sink and to coordinate with the colors of the sink and the countertop.

Single or Double?

In the past, it was standard to have a double sink in the kitchen. This was largely to allow for easy handling of the dishwashing duties. Most homes today have dishwashers, with limited if any hand washing of dishes.

Modern options in kitchen sinks include a larger, more rectangular single sink. In some kitchens, a larger main sink with a smaller secondary sink is a great way to use the main sink for dishes and the smaller side for food prep.

Shape and Material

The shape and the material for the sink are two other considerations. Shapes, as mentioned above, either create a look of modern style or a more classic or traditional design. The décor and style of the kitchen is a major consideration in choosing a sink shape.

Materials can range from the chef’s favorite stainless steel sinks to the look of composite granite, both which come in a wide variety of styles. Porcelain is often the material of choice with the apron sink, but composite granite is also a great choice.

Finally, there is the option to choose to have a kitchen sink on the island rather than on the side counters. This opens up the possibilities in choosing a sink, including the size, shape, and material.

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