Published at Tuesday, January 29th 2019. by Thomsen Freja in Kitchen Faucet and Sink.
Unlike the bathroom lavatory, which might have been made of marble or china with fluted edges, the kitchen sink was likely to be prosaic in both shape and material, and to have become chipped and stained over the years. So when it came time to update the rest of the room, off it went to the local landfill.
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.
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?
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.
A room with a view can be an appealing proposition, particularly if your kitchen sink is fixed in an island. This design allows you to face out into a room of family and friends instead of doing dishes with your back turned to them. This socially minded setup lends itself well to entertaining and continuing conversation while performing prep work or cleanup chores.
A common companion for stainless steel sinks was laminates. The Formica Company developed its first light-colored faux wood-grain laminates in 1927, and their popularity grew as the material became more water- and heat-resistant. In the seven years following World War II, about one-third of new kitchens were dressed in Formica. Into the '60s, laminates continued marching pinkly around American sinks. Today at least one company, Wilsonart, will match old laminate patterns by scanning them and reproducing them digitally.
Who said your kitchen counters (and sink!) can’t be pink? We love the all-over look of this terrazzo space by Atelier Dialect, which makes a fresh statement with its sprinkled surface and charming round watering hole. Note how the pattern party doesn’t stop at its edge, but continues on into the interior.
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