Published at Wednesday, January 30th 2019. by Osvald Henriksen in Kitchen Faucet and Sink.
Steampunk isn’t the only vintage design style you might be interested in. A gold faucet with separate decorative handles can add a touch of timeless elegance to any kitchen. Gold is also a good color choice if the rest of the kitchen feels fairly bland. Adding a fixture that stands out helps break up the monotony in a room where most of the other fixtures and surfaces are white.
Inside this rehabbed house in East London by artist, maker, and furniture designer, Faye Toogood, a checkered pop decks the basin. Though the overall aesthetic of the space takes a slight turn for the utilitarian with the stone cold countertops and earth-toned ceramics, this special patterned splash is an inviting surprise.
Installing a window over the kitchen sink is a design default for many homebuilders. Having a view of nature while you’re washing dishes is nice, but it’s not the only option for kitchen design. What if there aren’t beautiful views on the other side of the wall, or maybe you’d rather get more function from the space above your kitchen sink? If you’ve been looking at this area and wondering how to make it more useful or attractive, we’ve got some ideas to share!
Candlemakers Linda and John Meyer’s bright and bold Portland, Maine home is an enticing celebration of color and fun. A true lesson in not taking life too seriously, their carrot-colored sink effortlessly picks up on the pair’s equally vibrant collection of dishes—not to mention, the cabinet knobs. With a sink like this, washing up after dinner would seem like anything but a chore.
Yes, soapstone and slate sinks were found in farmhouses, but probably not in the Midwest or on the West Coast. Soapstone is quarried exclusively in Vermont (although some today come from Brazil). Slate has more widespread sources, along the Appalachians in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Vermont, and Maine.
Buying a reproduction sink in any of these materials means you're more likely to find plumbing hardware that will fit its dimensions, especially hole spacing. If you're lucky enough to find a salvaged sink with its original fixtures, remember that you'll probably need to fix a leak or two and find adapters to hook it up to your plumbing system.
So how do you decide between the many options out there? OHJ checked in with two readers—one of them a former editor on staff—to find out how they selected sinks for their kitchen rehabilitations, and the specific challenges they faced in getting them installed. But when it came to the sink, they realized they could go a couple of different ways. They could select a sink from the mid-1800s, the house's early timeframe, or one dating to the year they had documented the installation of indoor plumbing on the house, which was 1948.
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