To achieve your dream kitchen, you need to pay careful attention to every aspect that will go in this room. You have to be meticulous in choosing every fixture that will be installed and make sure that they are functional and will work well with the overall stylish kitchen design.
There may be two kitchen fixtures that you may think do not require some careful deliberation: the sink and taps. After all, as long you can wash kitchen wares in the sink and water constantly comes out of the taps, then you’re good to go.
However, the most beautiful and practical kitchens have sinks and taps that were chosen well and thus serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose. As such, if you want to have the perfect kitchen, you have to put some thought and effort into choosing these fixtures.
Selecting Your Wash Basin and Tapware
If you are currently having your kitchen built or renovated, here are some tips that will help you choose the best kitchen sink and tap:
1. Consider the sink’s primary use
First, ask yourself what you will use the sink mainly for. In the past, the kitchen basin was primarily used for washing used dishes, drinking glasses, and other eating and cooking utensils and wares. But today, it has more uses.
Most modern kitchen basins now have features such as:
- Single lever mixing and pull-out taps
- Built-in garbage disposal units
- In-built strainers
- Under-sink water purifiers
- Soap dispensers
Think about the features you need that will help make your work faster and easier to do before considering the design and material of your sink (aside from kitchen design experts, you may want to consult your local plumbing professionals as well to ensure the optimal function of your new or renovated kitchen space).
At the very least, your sink should have good-quality water-efficient mixer taps. These units are quite handy for your washing and cleaning chores.
2. Stick to your kitchen’s overall design
Next, make sure your sink and taps make sense in the space and do not stand out for the wrong reasons. If you were inspired by a modern kitchen showroom display, choose a basin and tapware that showcases contemporary designs.
Generally, stainless steel accessories in square or rectangular shapes will work great in a minimalist cooking area. On the other hand, a ceramic sink and rounded faucets are ideal for country cottage-inspired kitchens.
3. Prioritize quality
To have a sink and taps that will give you years of service, choose ones that are of good quality.
What are the most durable materials for sinks?
- Stainless steel
- Cast iron
Make sure you choose taps that are made of the high-quality materials and designed with superb workmanship.
Keep in mind that cheap accessories won’t last long and, as such, will require regular replacement. When you invest in quality pieces now, you’re all set now and in the future.
4. Consider the size of your would-be sink
Think about how the taps and sink can function together. You will have an easier time using these two features together when their sizes are well-matched. Here’s a simple design concept to bear in mind: A small sink requires a small tap while a bigger basin calls for bigger taps.
However, you need to think about how the taps will be mounted as well since this will limit the tap sizes you can choose from.
5. Think about compatibility
Taps are often bought separately from sinks. If you are having a hard time choosing taps, start by finding some options that match your sink.
Generic or standard budget-friendly sinks and taps are typically perfectly compatible. However, high-end ones can be harder to mix and match perfectly. Some sinks and taps will not match at all. Certain faucets are also designed with an uncommon diameter that will only fit in one basic style.
Make sure the finishes are compatible as well. Glossy chrome tapware works perfectly with stainless steel sinks. If your kitchen has an eclectic design, you can opt for copper or brass taps.
The bottom line is to select a finish that matches the rest of the space and will give your kitchen a harmonious design.
Having a functional sink and taps will go a long way in helping you with all your prep work and in keeping your kitchen clean and tidy all the time. By choosing the right fixtures, you can also ensure these accessories will contribute to the overall style and beauty of your kitchen.
Toby Walker is the Director and Operations Manager of Zesta Kitchens. With over 30 years of industry experience (having previously operated Nobby Kitchens and Bunnings Warehouse Kitchen Centres), Toby’s passion is providing a unique customer kitchen renovation experience, and this filters through the business to ensure a quality product with an on-time kitchen renovation.