A Nod to the Past
"Apron-front sinks aren't just for farmhouse kitchens anymore," reports Sara Reimer, assistant home and garden editor for Midwest Living. "They look great in traditional, country, and contemporary settings, and their large capacity accommodates oversize pots and pans."
Whether fitted basin racks to protect the sink from scratches or brush and sponge holders that fit over a divider, specialized sink accessories are simplifying common kitchen tasks.
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No-touch technology, self-retracting pullout wands (like Walden from Moen, shown here), and even coordinating soap dispensers are changing the way we wash dishes.
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Sink as Workstation
Custom-fitted details like cutting boards and colanders that rest directly on top of the sink are a stylish way to expand the workspace and are particularly welcome in smaller kitchens.
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The Galley Workstation
A Seamless Line
Susan Klimala of The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn in Illinois installed a custom granite sink in one client's home to create "a beautiful clean line with no interruption in the countertop material." An integrated cutting board fits snugly above the basin.
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A second sink incorporated into a kitchen island is a luxury that has the practical benefit of simplifying food prep and entertaining.
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Think Outside the Box
Uncommon sink materials such as bronze, copper, zinc, and slate have become accessible to today's homeowner. This apron-front marble design looks stunning with coordinating counters.
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The unique shape and tapered basin that distinguish the sinks of Julien's Trapezoid collection are sure to attract attention in modern kitchens.
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Divide and Conquer
Do you love the convenience of a divided sink but hate the struggle of cleaning larger pots? New low-divide sinks may be the solution you've been looking for.
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If You Can Dream It…
To create one client's dream food-prep sink situated in a kitchen island, Nick Geragi and his team at Klaff's Kitchens in Connecticut designed a custom butcher-block counter around a brushed-nickel sink from Bates and Bates.
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