How To TRY Your Next Kitchen Sink… Before You BUY!
You’ve watched HGTV for hours, scoured Pinterest boards and endlessly Googled for inspiration, yet you still can’t decide which sink to select for your kitchen update. Endless style options, from traditional to contemporary and luxury to country, leave most homeowners with more questions than not. But there’s so much more to consider than solely style. Follow these three simple steps to find the best sink to suit you and your kitchen.
Step 1: Repeat the mantra “See the sink, be the sink”
How do you see yourself using your sink? Is it a holding ground for dirty dishes? Or is it a spotless rinsing station? If you’re prone to leaving your dishes in the sink for hours…or days…a deeper bowl with natural antimicrobial material like copper or granite will be best for you. The sturdiest sinks, including fireclay, help prevent stains and scratches with long-term durability. Stainless steel is ideal for those looking for a simple solution, while a more luxurious look like cooper will provide a totally different experience. And if you’re a DIY-er, a self-rimming sink is easiest to install with the least risk of a DIY #fail.
For a deeper dive into materials, check out our article on the Top 5 Materials for Kitchen Sinks. In theory, one of these sinks may be right for you, but until you work with your unique space, you won’t know which is best. Regretfully, you can’t try on a sink like a pair of shoes. Which leads us to Step 2…
Step 2: Create your vision
When it comes to kitchen remodels, it can be easier to focus on the cabinetry, appliances, backsplash…really anything but the kitchen sink. This inadvertently pigeonholes homeowners to work within the constraints of newly installed countertops or a hand-me-down faucet. Luckily, there are both online and in-person resources available to help you clearly see how it will all fit together.
If you’re more of an online shopper than department store goer, download the Houzz interior design app from the app store. This free app makes it simple to see thousands of products in your home, and the “View My Home in 3D” feature can make it much easier to visualize your kitchen with a new sink and accessories. Take time to experiment with finishes and bowl types….and have a little fun!
For the less tech-savvy, touchier type, attend a nearby Homearama or walk through your local Ikea. There, you can experience an actual kitchen in real life and compare the size and texture far better than a miniature version on your phone screen. Full disclosure: with countless options at your fingertips, the decision may become more challenging for some.
No matter if you experiment online or in person, capture your inspiration with plenty of photos and record your first impressions. You’ll need it for Step 3…
Step 3: Make your sink dream a reality
When your vision is clear, it’s time to meet with a local kitchen designer for help bringing your design to life. You can expect an expert recommendation fit for your space, budget and taste. National chains like Home Depot and Lowe’s make it easy with in-store appointments alongside their kitchen models. Be sure to search for local specialists who make home visits for the easiest experience.
We at Sinkology believe a sink can – and should – inspire beauty in the entire home. Take the first step at www.sinkology.com.
If you have any questions during your search for the perfect copper sink, farmhouse fireclay sink or granite sink, our Sinkologists are here to help. Contact us or follow us on Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, or Instagram for more helpful tips and design ideas.