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The Wilcox Fireclay Farmhouse Sink and Contemporary Style: Designing with the Sink in Mind

Apr 2018

The Wilcox Fireclay Farmhouse Sink: Designing with the Sink in Mind

So, modern and contemporary seem to mean the same thing. According to the dictionary, “modern” means “relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past;” while “contemporary” means “belonging to or occurring in the present.” So, while these words mean the same thing in the English language, they do mean something a little different when it comes to home design. Here’s the breakdown.

A Modern Home

The most distinguishing factor in “modern” home design is the time period. Anything beyond the early to mid-1900’s is technically considered modern design. A common example would be mid-century modern design. It seems a little dated to be considered modern, but relative to farmhouse styles which originated with colonial American families in the 1700’s.

The modern style is typically clean and simple. It contains many natural materials like leather, wood, and linens. Many modern homes have polished wooden and polished metal furniture. For example, in mid-century modern design, furniture is typically raised and organized in a way to make a space feel expansive and large. Modern design typically incorporates accent colors (think bold reds, oranges, greens) and can contain geometric patterns.

Contemporary Living

Remembering that modern is between now and the early to mid-1900’s, contemporary is the absolute here-and-now. There’s no firm definition of contemporary because it changes with the times. This doesn’t mean that everything will be brand new and cutting-edge, but typically, right now, a contemporary home would likely have large windows, sculptural shapes, and may tie in some elements from mid-century design. Contemporary homes are typically unadorned and very clean.

Currently, a big craze in real estate is tiny homes. Typically, tiny homes utilize a contemporary style because of the tidiness and minimalism that is required to fit everything you absolutely need in such a tiny space. Sinkology has been designing copper sinks specifically for tiny homes, and now we’ve added a tiny home fireclay sink to the roster.


The Wilcox Fireclay Farmhouse Sink for Tiny Homes

The Wilcox is the ideal sink for a tiny home. With its low-profile apron front, it maximizes the bowl space for it’s 24-inch size. It also comes with a reversible front to give two different style options. The contemporary style faucet that goes perfectly with this sink is the Kai matte black faucet from Pfister. The pull-down faucet head has 3 sprayer options, swivels 360 degrees, and comes with the Pfister Pforever lifetime limited warranty.

One of the benefits of fireclay sinks is that so many different metals and style combinations align with it. In this instance, we would recommend the Venturi bottom grid that fits the Wilcox and a stainless steel basket strainer or disposal flange.


Styling Your Wilcox Fireclay Farmhouse Sink

We have styled this contemporary kitchen with products and accessories from Crate & Barrel. The Chilewich placemat is a perfect backdrop in Crepe Grey for the Jett black flatware from Cambridge. The mixed metals between the Aria silver napkin rings, the stainless sink accessories, the black faucet, and Jett flatware create a contemporary style that will add a little gleam to your kitchen. Add the bamboo flooring from Home Depot in Earl Grey for a natural root that ties the black with the stainless, and you’re on your way to a contemporary tiny kitchen.


After all that hard work, it’s time to unwind with this Carter cocktail shaker in stainless steel and these Verve martini glasses full of your favorite Effen Vodka. Enjoy!


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