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Sinks and drying racks are pretty practical essentials for every kitchen – but practical certainly doesn’t have to mean boring and ugly, as these gorgeous numbers prove.
There are numerous sink styles to choose from – be it country, traditional or modern – and there are loads of options for every style, along with some pretty nifty space-saving sink solutions on the market.
We’ve rounded-up the best sink designs for every size and style of kitchen, and some of them are so cool that you really will want to pack everything including the kitchen sink whenever you’re away…
A café-style kitchen with a quirky peg rail
Injecting bold colour into a classic shaker kitchen will stand the test of time. Choose natural wood to create a warm tone, then add pops of red and grey to bring the scheme up to date. Positioning a wooden peg rail above the white tiles not only breaks up the white backdrop, but it also provides much-needed storage space.
Create a cool Fifties vibe in your kitchen with serene mint green. Keep objects within easy reach by installing open units, then break up the colour with fresh white worktops and a pretty roman blind to soften the style. Why not plant a mini herb garden to complete the look?
Mini herb garden
Roman blind fabric
Go back to basics and create a traditional country kitchen feel with a deep butler sink, classic white metro tiles and a farmhouse-style curtain on a runner. Bring the look up to date with a smart stripe fabric, and opt for red accents to lift the scheme and add a French feel.
White walls, units and accessories help keep a compact kitchen light and airy. To give a country scheme a contemporary update, team a butler sink and real wood worktops with modern units and appliances. Add charm with potted hydrangeas and sweet bunting.
Go for retro style with jazzy colour and bold curves. Here, an integrated sink blends into the quartz worktop, allowing the Italian units to take centre stage. A chic poppy red roller blind adds to the drama, while Fifties-inspired appliances complete the look.
Stones and Tools
Combine high-gloss units, shiny quartz worktops and a reflective glass splashblack for a stylish and modern kitchen. A taupe colourway will add warmth, while a smart patterned roller blind streamlines the look. You'll find it easy to clean with no grout lines to worry about, too!
This bespoke basin unit fits snugly in a small area, and a reclaimed post office sorting shelf provides plenty of storage space. Displayed red and white mugs brighten up the scheme, while mismatched ceramic tiles along the wall make a pretty, changeable backdrop.
Similar units, made from basic unit frames
Wickes or upcycled fruit boxes
Similar wire shelf
If you're lucky enough to have two sinks, design a tidy laundry area with clever storage solutions and stylish accessories. Choose a simple colour palette with sage tiles and white open shelves, then add practical storage tins to stow away odds and ends. A tradional roller towel set adds texture and colour.
Roller towel set