Choosing bathroom and kitchen sinks
Sinks add character to kitchens and bathrooms, and a multitude of styles are widely available. Kitchen sinks are usually made of stainless steel and tend to have more uniformity than the porcelain sinks normally found in bathrooms. Even so, there's a lot to consider, so get started by learning the basics about the different types of sinks used in residential settings.
Kitchen Sink Styles
Stainless steel sinks are commonly used in kitchens for several reasons. First, given the amount of bacteria a typical kitchen sinks sees, it's important to use a material that's easy to sterilize, and stainless steel fits that bill. Second, it's durable, scratch-resistant and long-lasting, so it can withstand heavy use without losing its luster.
Generally, kitchen sinks are either single-bowl or double-bowl (triple-bowl sinks are available but are rarely seen in homes). As an alternative, you can consider apron-front kitchen sinks, which have a stylish pocket in front of the main part of the sink where the drain is located.
Types of Bathroom Sinks
Bathroom sinks are often, but not always, built right into bathroom vanities. Vessel, console and vanity sinks are all styles that are compatible with being mounted into bathroom countertops. If you want to expand your horizons beyond the world of porcelain, travertine sinks are an attractive alternative. Travertine is a type of sedimentary rock that is used in decorative sink bowls, and its soft pastel color tones can complement almost any bathroom.
If you'd prefer a free-standing sink, pedestal sinks may be the option for you. A pedestal sink features a bowl resting atop a waist-high column. An even simpler option is the wall-mounted sink, which is advantageous because it leaves the space beneath the sink free for storage.
Each of these bathroom sinks has its own distinctive character, and your choice will, in part, be dictated by the other stylistic commitments you've made in your bathroom. However, if you're performing a full-scale bathroom renovation, it's worth considering the merits of each and every type so that you choose a sink that best reflects your tastes and the overall style you're going for.