Published at Wednesday, January 30th 2019. by Osvald Henriksen in Kitchen Faucet and Sink.
In the 1920s, an ore with a naturally occurring mix of copper and nickel (with a dash of iron, manganese, silicon, and carbon) was tapped to make Monel, a corrosion resistant, lightweight white metal. Stainless steel, a blend of several different iron and chromium alloys, was studied as early as 1821, but until 1909 no one knew how to make it corrosion resistant. The material took off in the 1940s and '50s, not only for sinks but in countertops.
Even the most exacting old-house owners determined that every last spice jar and cup hook in their kitchen should be genuinely historic may quail when it comes to choosing an appropriate kitchen sink Salvage dealers often stock only a handful, compared to dozens of clawfoot tubs and lavatories. "I don't get a lot in," says Tom Sundheim of Architectural Artifacts in Denver. "The kitchen was always the first room that anyone remodeled."
When we think of all the places we want to show our personality in the kitchen, the sink certainly isn’t one of them. Yet, in the same way, a bold range, retro refrigerator, or graphic backsplash brings new meaning (and big style) to the heart of the home, a design-forward sink can also elevate the room.
To make this space truly inviting, consider hanging stylish pendant lights over the counter. If cabinet space is at a premium, install a pot rack and show off your cookware. With an island sink, you can even supervise homework or crafts while you cook. Using the space to write out your weekly schedule or grocery list could make organizing that much easier. (Keep a container of chalk next to the sink so it’s at the ready.) This would also be a great place to hang a corkboard to house favorite recipes or magazine clippings.
In the 1920s, plumbing fixture catalogs also mentioned earthenware sinks. These sinks had a base of solid ceramic, rather than cast iron, and were often enameled white inside and glazed brown on the exterior. Like the cast iron sinks, they came with either flat or rolled rims. Always heavy, they were more likely to be found in commercial kitchens and laundries. A ceramic material used in some reproduction sinks today is fire clay, which has a high melting point and is more commonly used to make fire brick.
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.
Boosting the style of your kitchen can be easier than you think. Simply replacing certain essential components often has a major impact on the overall design of the space. For instance, the following examples illustrate how a seemingly minor change like replacing the faucet can give your kitchen a major aesthetic boost. Keep them in mind the next time you want to make an upgrade.
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