The latest modern country sinks and taps

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  • Design-led sinks in copper and stainless steel join the classic Belfast and Butler as must-have looks for kitchens. Team with brass taps and pull-down nozzles for a washing-up area that means business!

    1 Glazed look

    ‘Fireclay ceramic sinks really look the part in a country kitchen but there are practical benefits to this style of sink too. The deep bowl can easily accommodate oven trays and large dishes that won’t fit in your dishwasher and the durable glazed finish will last for the life of the sink,’ says David Dare, Managing Director, Shaws of Darwen. ‘Because fireclay ceramic sinks are very heavy, the cabinetry should be in place before installation.’

    2 Industrial chic

    ‘This stainless steel Belfast sink is the perfect blend of industrial meets rural living. Its classic shape, with an exposed front, is brought up to date with strong, hardwearing stainless steel that will continue to look great for years,’ says Kiran Noonan, Marketing Director, John Lewis of Hungerford. A simple monobloc mixer tap with minimalist lever handles completes the pared-back look.

    3 Natural copper

    ‘Copper sinks have a wonderful aged look and patina that’s really appealing. It is also naturally anti-microbial, so germs only survive a matter of hours,’ says Katie Fontana, Founder and Creative Director, British Standard. ‘It’s also a relatively self-cleaning material that isn’t easily damaged by everyday cleaners, plus copper is 100% recyclable. No wonder it’s becoming such a popular choice for sinks.’

    4 Salvaged stone

    Reclaimed granite and sandstone troughs make wonderfully rugged sinks and, with the addition of a washing-up bowl for good hygiene when prepping food, can be used to add texture and interest in a country kitchen. Seek one out at salvage and reclamation yards or online – try – and ask a stonemason to polish the inside of the bowl and cut a waste hole if necessary. The pared-back simplicity of traditional pillar taps will strike the perfect utilitarian balance.

    5 Extras on tap

    With its flexible-hose and pull-out spray, this statement tap is similar to those found in busy restaurant kitchens. Designed to make fast work of rinsing dishes and washing vegetables, the extendable hose will also help get into the corners of the sink clean. For extra points on the efficiency front, add a boiling water tap and enjoy an instant supply of boiling water for hot drinks and cooking.

    6 Aged brass

    ‘Everyone’s really loving brass at the moment. It’s a little more understated than bright, shiny copper so it feels timeless and is unlikely to go out of fashion anytime soon,’ says Helen Parker, Creative Director, deVOL. ‘For a lovely vintage feel, look for kitchen taps in aged brass, which has a wonderfully imperfect patina that’s full of character and goes well with brass cabinet knobs and handles.’

    deVOL Aged Brass Ionian Taps by Perrin & Rowe, £435, exclusively from deVOL Kitchens.

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