5 Tips for Choosing the Best Kitchen Sinks and Tapware for YouBy: Kat Tate
Choosing a kitchen sink and tapware takes careful consideration. As well as complementing the way you cook and clean, both items need to seamlessly flow with the style of the space and improve efficiency.
Don’t know where to begin? Consider these top 5 tips for choosing your perfect sink and taps (then ask a kitchen professional to lend a hand):
1. Stick to a Style
Ensure your sink and tapware make sense in the space. If your kitchen errs on the traditional side of the fashion fence, so too should your accessories. A minimalist, stark space suits stainless steel items in a square or rectangular shape. While a country cottage kitchen would call for a ceramic sink and more rounded tapware.
2. Understand Your Needs
How do you use your kitchen now? And are your needs likely to change in the future? Always think ahead to ensure your kitchen sink and taps (as well as the entire space) will adapt to your changing needs.
For instance, if space allows, a double sink will allow you to work more efficiently and get more done with less stress – as might a drainer.
Likewise, master chefs may need a more advanced tap than simple cooks. In that case, a hose tap for spraying pots and pans is probably best.
3. Opt for Quality
A quality sink and taps are an investment. And given that you’ll likely use them frequently every day, it pays to buy the best your budget can afford. Cheap items simply won’t last as long and so will require regular replacement. A quality set, however, should serve you well now and into the future.
4. Think of the Finish
Finish is just as important as function, shape, and style. Choose a finish that matches the rest of the space. Glossy chrome tapware works well with a stainless steel sink, while a matte finish is another popular choice. If your space is more eclectic, you could choose copper or even brass. Coloured tapware is also cropping up in contemporary kitchens. Just be sure to choose a finish that integrates with your cabinet doors and handles for a harmonious design.
5. Size It Up
Lastly, consider how the tapware and sink will work together. A smaller sink calls for a smaller tap, while a bigger basin requires balance with bigger taps. You’ll have to think about how the taps will be mounted, too, as this will affect the size you can choose.