A Quick Guide to Kitchen Sink Styles

When redesigning your kitchen, " everything but the kitchen sink" shouldn't be your motto. Though the kitchen sink may seem like a minor detail, one that's primarily a practical element of your space, it's also an important stylistic decision. Choosing a porcelain farmhouse sink will give your space a totally different aesthetic than choosing a stainless steel undermount version. To help you choose between the many different kitchen sink styles, here's an overview of the style and function aspects of some of the most common designs.


1. The farmhouse sink. Porcelain farmhouse sinks have exploded as a kitchen design trend in recent years, but the style isn't for everyone. A farmhouse sink works best in a traditional or country-style kitchen that has a lot of counter space, as they tend to be large and take up a lot of room. Farmhouse sinks may not be the best choice if your kitchen design is more contemporary, or if you have limited counter space. Also good to know: porcelain sinks can last up to 30 years with proper care, which includes lining the bottom with a rubber mat to prevent chips, and eliminating contact with acidic materials like coffee grounds.

2. The apron sink. Love the look of a farmhouse sink, but designing a more modern kitchen? A stainless-steel apron sink has a shape similar to that of a farmhouse sink, but its stainless-steel construction gives it a more industrial feel that better complements modern spaces.

3. The integrated sink. An integrated sink is built into your countertop, using the same material, for a uniform, seamless look. Integrated sinks can be built into engineered stone, concrete, or stainless steel countertops. Though integrated sinks are an increasingly popular choice for modern spaces, the look is extremely versatile, and works in any style kitchen.

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4. The undermount sink. Undermount sinks are installed below the countertop to create a clean surface. Because they essentially hang on the countertops, undermount sinks work best for kitchens with solid, waterproof countertop materials like engineered stone, marble, granite, or concrete. Undermount sinks offer a no-frills, sleek look that works in any style kitchen.

5. The top mount or drop-in sink. A top-mount sink is essentially "dropped-in" to a space in the counters, and rests on the surface of the countertop. These sinks are budget-friendly, very easy to install, and pair best with countertop materials like laminate and tile.

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