Kitchen sink ideas – 14 ways to update your kitchen design

Don't over look this essential element of your kitchen space
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  • While they might not be the first element you consider when thinking up your dream kitchen, kitchen sink ideas are definitely one to bring to the top of your list. Hard-working and practical, they are one of the most essential parts of a kitchen re-design, yet are often an after thought or a last minute decision. But their inherent practicality doesn’t mean they have to look boring and ugly. There are numerous sink styles to choose from – be it country, traditional or modern – and there are lots of options for every style, along with some pretty nifty space-saving sink solutions on the market too.

    Start by gathering your kitchen ideas to work out which style of sink comes up most, to nail down what look you are most drawn to. That said, your practical needs do still need to take centre stage, as the size, depth and even material will all come into play when making your decision, especially if you have a busy family home.

    Take a moment to peruse our kitchen sink ideas and see how this humble basin can transform the look of your space.

    Kitchen sink ideas

     1. Take it back to black

    Kitchen unit with recycled wooden fronts and splash back. Dark grey walls and black sink and taps.

    Image credit: Future Plc/Olly Gordon

    White is no doubt the most common colour for kitchen sinks, but opting for an all black alternative, might fit your kitchen space better and blend more seamlessly into your kitchen worktop ideas. Matching it with a black kitchen tap will create a cohesive look and works beautifully in this kitchen where wood textures and surfaces take centre stage.

    2. Bring in the glamour with brass

    Grey kitchen worktop with brass kitchen sink and brass tap

    Image credit: Magnet

    One way to bring the bling into your kitchen is by choosing a beautiful brass kitchen sink. Brass is becoming more and more popular in kitchens as hardware, appliances, and accessories in this shade bring a touch of luxury to your space. And your kitchen sink should be no different. Again, opting for a matching brass tap unifies the look and lets your kitchen sink shine!

    Buy now: Caple 045-cp 1B brass sink and collander, £376; Adige tap in brushed brass, £129, both Magnet

    3. Break up bold colour with a simple white sink

    Kitchen with dark green walls and units, grey and white marbled worktop and patterned tiled floor.

    Image credit: Future Plc/Brent Darby

    A traditional option yes, but a simple, white butlers sink could be the moment of calm in a bold, busy kitchen. Here, the striking teal colour of the kitchen cupboards is broken up with the white sink and provides a much needed break from the kitchen colour scheme. A chrome kitchen tap compliments the stainless steel oven and ties the overall look together.

    4. Add texture with a fluted front

    Green painted shaker style kitchen with pink walls and white butlers sink

    Image credit: Future Plc/Lizzie Orme

    Butlers sinks have been one of the most popular options in kitchens for a while now, sourced both as new replicas, or from salvage and junk yards across the country. Favoured for both their practical and durable qualities, it’s their depth, size and simplicity that makes them a popular choice for family kitchens. To make more of a feature of yours, choose one with a ribbed or flutted front, which will add texture to a smart, sleek kitchen.

    5. Position it in an island

    Pale pink kitchen with large kitchen island and white butlers sink with gold tap

    Image credit: Future Plc/Colin Poole

    When planning your kitchen design and layout, it’s worth thinking about the positioning of your kitchen sink, as you’ll need the appropriate plumbing to be in place. Usually, a kitchen sink would be positioned by an outside wall to allow the wastewater to easily flow away, but this can be adjusted by a professional, allowing you to move your sink to another location.

    Positioning it as part of your kitchen island ideas could open up your space making it more sociable and will give you a much nicer outlook.

    6. Have fun with a bespoke design

    Black kitchen worktop with white heart shaped sink inset and red teapot

    Image credit: Shaws of Darwen

    How about choosing a bespoke design you’ll love forever? This heart shaped sink, thought up by the team at Shaws of Darwen will bring a little fun to your kitchen and create a talking point among friends. Thinking about opting for a different shaped sink to a traditional square or rectangle, could be the key to your kitchen design and result in something really show-stopping.

    7. Pop it in front of a window

    Kitchen sink in a white worktop with a view through the window to the garden

    Image credit: Future Plc/Darren Cheng

    Washing up can be a rather dull way to spend time, but positioning your kitchen sink in front of a window, it will mean the view can distract you from the mundane task. If your kitchen is at the back of your house, having your kitchen sink in front of a window looking out to the garden, means you can keep an eye on children or pets that might be playing out there.

    A window will also act as a ready-made kitchen splashback idea, which is easy to wipe down from splashes.

    8. Give an old sink a new lease of life

    Smart shaker kitchen with white butlers sink with floral decals

    Image credit: Shaws of Darwens

    If your old sink is looking a bit tired and is in need of a facelift, adding decals or even some painted motifs to the front, will give it a revamp. Alternatively, you could look at spray painting an old stainless steel sink, to make it white, black or even another colour entirely! A pink sink will make the boys wink!

    Buy now: Gallery Butler sink 800 in Wild Grass Blue, £788.86, Shaws of Darwens

    9. Hide appliances below with a curtain

    A grey kitchen with stone floor, white cabinets, sink, and window blind, wooden worktops and a skylight

    Image credit: Future Plc/Lizzie Orme

    Go back to basics and create a traditional country kitchen feel with a deep butler sink, blue-painted tongue and groove panelling and a farmhouse-style curtain on a runner, to disguise ugly appliances. A curtain is a smart rustic kitchen idea that will also help to absorb sound from washing machines and dishwashers and adds some softness to your space.

    10. Hang a plate rack above for air drying

    White country style kitchen, butler sink, plate rack, vinyl flooring

    Image credit: Future Plc/David Giles

    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.

    11. Blend your sink and surface with an all-in-one worktop

    Grey fitted units with grey and white marbled worktop, copper handles and sink below a sash window

    Image credit: David Parmiter

    Opt for a sink that is sunken into the worktop, so that the work surface can be one continuous piece. This makes for a sleek and stylish finish and allows the worktop to become the hero. Adding horizontal notches into the surface beside the sink, will create a dedicated area for washing up.

    12. Keep the area behind sleek with a glass splashback

    An understated, modern kitchen | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home | Housetohome.co.uk

    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!

    13. Contain washing up in a neat niche

    A reclaimed kitchen with 'wow' factor | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home | Housetohome.co.uk

    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.

    14. De-stress with a minty fresh backdrop

    A calming and refreshing kitchen scheme | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home | Housetohome.co.uk

    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?

    What is the most popular kitchen sink idea?

    ‘Belfast, Butler and Farmhouse style sinks are here to stay in 2022 as ceramic sinks are set to be one of the most popular kitchen trends again this year,’ says Lizzie Beesley, Head of Design at Magnet. ‘ Their iconic deep basin design can help transform any kitchen into a more classic and traditional space. This is a popular style of sink chosen amongst many homeowners and celebrities such as Olivia Bowen, Gordon Ramsay and Kendal Jenner.’

    ‘The rise in demand strongly follows the uptake of the ‘cottagecore’ rural aesthetic. However, not only are ceramic sinks aesthetically pleasing, they are also great for busy family households as they are durable, easy to clean and resistant to scratches and staining.’

    What are the options for kitchen sinks?

    There are many options for kitchen sinks, not just the aforementioned Butler and Belfast sinks. Other options include:

    • Multi-use or workstation sinks- ‘The practicality and convenience of ‘workstation sinks’ have helped them become a regular feature on US buying guides – a trend we can expect to see become more apparent in the UK this year,’ says Lizzie. ‘Despite the sink already being one of the most useful features in the kitchen, a workstation sink advances this. The innovative design efficiently uses space to allow users to prepare and cut food directly over the sink, also helping to avoid the spread of germs around the rest of the kitchen. They can also come in many designs making them fit in effortlessly to any aesthetic.’
    • Large single basin sinks
    • Double basin sinks
    • Undermount sinks
    • Kitchen island sinks
    • Corner sinks
    • Stainless steel sinks
    • Black sinks
    • Resin sinks
    • Brass or copper sinks
    • Utility sinks

    How can I make my kitchen sink look better?

    A good clean can go a long way to making your kitchen sink look better, so a bottle of cream cleaner and some elbow grease will have it looking spick and span in no time. Next up, think about whether spray-painting it will improve the look. Plastic or stainless steel sinks will benefit most from a coat of spray paint, but be sure to protect surfaces before you start.

    A tired sink can also be lifted by the addition of a new kitchen tap. Swapping a dull chrome design for a shiny brass counterpart, will instantly lift your sinks look and create a gleaming spot for washing up.

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