Kitchen sink ideas – 8 ways with your washing-up zone

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  • Kitchen sink ideas are essential for every kitchen. 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 loads of options for every style, along with some pretty nifty space-saving sink solutions on the market.

    Kitchen sink ideas to make washing up smart and organised

    1. Hang a peg rail above to hold washing-up tools

    A café-style kitchen with a quirky peg rail | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home |

    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.

    2. De-stress with a minty fresh backdrop

    A calming and refreshing kitchen scheme | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home |

    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?

    3. Hide cleaning products with a curtain

    A country kitchen with open shelving | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home |

    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.

    4. Hang a plate rack above for air drying

    A small and traditional kitchen | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home |

    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.

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

    A vibrant Italian kitchen | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home |

    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.

    6. Keep the area behind sleek with a glass splashback

    An understated, modern kitchen | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home |

    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!

    7. Contain washing up in a neat niche

    A reclaimed kitchen with 'wow' factor | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home |

    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.

    8. Have a dedicated sink for laundry or pets

    A dedicated utility area | Room Ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home |

    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.

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