When it comes to kitchen design trends, most come and go, but farmhouse sinks don’t seem to be going anywhere. Farmhouse kitchen sinks are of course popular among farmhouse-style kitchens, but in recent years, they have graced the interiors of more contemporary designs. Popping up in various new materials, from stainless steel and granite to copper and cast iron, farmhouse sinks are appearing in newly renovated kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms everywhere. This is why we are diving into what there is to know about farmhouse sinks, as well as unique ways you can incorporate a farmhouse sink into your home. Keep reading to find answers to what is a farmhouse sink and what are the best materials for a farmhouse sink. As well as find inspiration for how to incorporate a farmhouse-style sink into your kitchen.
What is a Farmhouse Sink?
Defining a Farmhouse-Style Sink
Whether classic or contemporary, a farmhouse-style sink is a beautiful statement-maker in any kitchen design. This style of sink is characterized by having an exposed front side and a very wide and deep basin. It is installed directly into the cabinetry and countertop, with no pre-drilled holes for a faucet. The faucet is installed directly into the countertop.
The “farmhouse style” sink is commonly referred to as an “apron-front,” yet there are slight differences between the two. You can learn about how they differ here, but we’ll stick to discussing the sink’s general style. This particular-style sink got its name from the fact that it was literally used in old farmhouses. Today, however, these kitchen sinks are gracing interior designs of all styles. Designed for both style and functionality, the large sink basin makes kitchen cleanup a breeze and adds an aesthetically pleasing visual to an interior.
Farmhouse Sink Sizes
After you decide you’d like to have a farmhouse sink in your kitchen, the next step is selecting the right size. Finding the right size sink for you will depend on a few factors–what you do in your kitchen, how often you’re using your kitchen, and what your design needs are. You’ll want to factor in how large your kitchen is as well, along with how much countertop surface area you’ll want to have left after the sink is installed.
Shown: DeerValley 20-inch ceramic sink; Wayfair
Shown: Elkay 33-inch ceramic sink; Wayfair
Shown: Latoscana 36-inch fireclay sink; The Sink Boutique
A good place to start when looking for the right size is with the most popular sizes for farmhouse sinks, small, medium, and large. Or the most common, either a 30″ or 33″ single bowl. Larger sizes include 34-inch sinks and 36-inch sinks, with sizes going up from there. Smaller sizes include 20-inch sinks and 24-inch sinks.
Farmhouse Sink Styles and Accessories
To keep up with contemporary designs and cater to more unique styles, farmhouse sinks now come in a variety of materials, patterns, and bowl splits. Including single-bowl and double-bowl options. Farmhouse sinks offer homeowners more customization than any other kitchen sink.
Shown: Grapes Nantucket 30-inch fireclay sink; Wayfair
Shown: BNK Farmhouse Kitchen Sink 36-inch ceramic sink; Wayfair
Shown: Kraus Kore Workstation 36-inch stainless steel sink; Wayfair
Whether you prefer beautifully etched detailing, elegant gold hardware, or even a built-in workstation to help with meal prep–farmhouse sinks can do it all.
What are the Best Materials for Farmhouse Sinks?
When it comes to the kitchen, choosing the right materials is crucial to a design’s longevity. The best material for your sink is dependent upon your budget, your lifestyle, and your style preferences. Fireclay, the original farmhouse sink material, is still among the most popular choices. Along with cast iron and stainless steel. Farmhouse kitchen sinks in copper, concrete, and granite are also gaining popularity among homeowners, as well as a variety of newer materials, like copper, granite, and quartz.
Fireclay, Quartz, and Granite Farmhouse-Style Sinks
Fireclay Apron Sink
Shown: Birch Lane Dorn 27-inch fireclay sink; Wayfair
Quartz Farmhouse Sink
Shown: Elkay Quartz Lux in mint creme 36-inch quartz sink; Elkay
Polished Granite Farmhouse Sink
Shown: Chiseled Apron in blue gray 33-inch granite sink; Signature Hardware
Stainless Steel, Copper, and Concrete Farmhouse-Style Sinks
Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink
Shown: Nantucket Sinks Pro 30-inch stainless steel sink; The Sink Boutique
Copper Farmhouse Sink
Shown: Rhapsody 33-inch copper sink, antique finish; NativeTrails
Concrete Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
Shown: Farmhouse 3018 30-inch concrete sink, ash finish; NativeTrails
Conclusion On Apron-Style Kitchen Sinks
Are farmhouse sinks worth it? The short answer, absolutely. While they may not be cheap, adding a farmhouse sink to your kitchen can boost your home’s value by up to 30 percent. Additionally, farmhouse and apron-front sinks are not only the most functional sink-type available, but they are also arguably the most aesthetically pleasing. There are so many unique kitchen design combinations you can create with a farmhouse sink, and it’s safe to say the style is a favorite among designers. For ideas on how you can incorporate a farmhouse sink into your next renovation check out our Farmhouse Sink Kitchen Design Guide to find your inspiration!
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