Published at Saturday, January 19th 2019. by Thomsen Freja in Kitchen Faucet and Sink.
In an attempt to slyly blend in with its lustrous brass backsplash, this high-glam sink does just the opposite. The harmonious relationship between the backdrop and the faucet sparks instant allure. Coupled with abstract art and the most beautiful shade of olive green, this contemporary organic scheme, designed by Naked Kitchens, is one worth recreating.
Don’t limit yourself to traditional silver when choosing the color of your new kitchen faucet. Simply choosing a different color or pattern is an easy, inexpensive way to improve your kitchen’s design. This example, with specks of white over black, almost resembles natural stone. It certainly stands apart from most basic faucets.
When you do find kitchen sinks at a salvage yard, they're predominantly the white enameled cast iron kind that graced a majority of kitchens from roughly 1900 to the 1940s. There were other materials used over the last century or so, but how do you know what's right for your old house?
Laura was determined to find the perfect circa-1950 sink at salvage, so she started looking for one online. When purchasing salvage items, it helps to know exactly what you want; Laura did. "I wanted a large double drainboard sink with one big basin," she says, "and it had to be in good condition." It also needed to be deep, so water wouldn't readily splash out—a lesson the Lazets learned the hard way after installing an antique, wall-mounted sink in their laundry room that was saved from a farmhouse being demolished across the road.
A kitchen sink without a window presents an opportunity for creative décor. When the view isn’t predetermined, you can really think about what you’d like to see while standing at the sink. Whether you’ve got a wide-open space with a view to the TV (hello, cooking shows!) or a wall that would be perfect for your antique pottery, the area in front your kitchen sink is your canvas.
Today's kitchen restorations involve hundreds of decisions. Take for example that prosaic workhorse, the kitchen sink. While as recently as two decades ago it was difficult to find new sinks with historic appeal, modern-day offerings are plentiful—from slate apron-fronted farmhouse sinks, to stainless steel sinks with integrated drainboards, to everything in between. And let's not forget the option of using an original antique, too.
Because the sink was manufactured with four holes to accommodate faucet hardware—it originally featured a faucet, separate hot and cold knobs, and probably an early sprayer mechanism—the Lazets could get creative with their new hardware installations. In the end, they chose to install a mixer, faucet, and individual soap and hard water dispensers (hard water for drinking, since they have a well) in a brushed nickel finish that Laura found the least obtrusive.
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