Among the those “little things” that visitors notice in your home are things special and unique. There’s the flooring, lighting, and window treatments all add value to your house.
The latest way to make a real and lasting impression is with contemporary sinks and plumbing for kitchen, powder room, and bath. New designs, matching fixtures, and sometimes exotic materials make a statement but still do their functional best.
Speaking of their contemporary sinks, the Italian designers for MaestroBath explain, “Our modern approach to bathroom and kitchen fixtures with minimalist, rational and contemporary designs lead to pieces of art and elegance, defining whole new levels in luxury bathroom and kitchen fixtures.”
For the kitchen
Planning a new kitchen differs from redoing an old. When the design and planning are new, you can design around your traffic and work areas. You are not limited by size or shape, and you still have time to set your plumbing in place.
Redoing an older kitchen limits you somewhat to the established plumbing, counter space, and its configuration. In either case, you still have the opportunity to match or complement colors and textures with a selection of contemporary sinks and fixtures.
- Determine the desired bowl size and depth according to your kitchen work and to any construction limits.
- Kitchen work demands durability, so quality materials remain important to avoid scratching and high volume use.
- Select a single bowl or multi basin format where you have room. As recommended by interior designer Jennifer Ott for Houzz.com, “Size your sink to your kitchen.” A modest home and family needs little more than a 22” X 24” basin, but the family that lives in its kitchen area or does a lot of cooking, the double basin provides convenience for food prep as well as dishwashing.
- In HGTV.com, Alicia Garceau urges you to be sure your connections to drains and garbage disposals are secure and durable.
Consider options in faucets to match. Think about height from counter surface to arc. Selecting faucets with a 15” rise allows for filling and cleaning large containers. Some come with detachable or articulated spouts for directing or spraying the water. And, most contemporary designs are sleekly modern and minimalist in chrome, brushed nickel, and polished nickel.
For the bath or powder room
Architecture Art/Design reminds you that “a sink is part of sanitation, which are installed in the bathroom and should above all, be practical.” But, contemporary sinks for bath or powder room now come in diverse colors, shapes, and materials. They are artistically sculpted and engineered to please function and design.
Drop-in Sinks set into a counter opening with a rim showing above the counter. Still, they can have color and/or elegance. For example, the Vetro Freddo Kosta comes in resin and glass colored as gold or silver leaf. Its rectangle measures 17.4” X 9.6” X 5.5” and weighs a solid 15 lbs. And, it also comes in an elegant circle shape.
Undermount Sinks sit below the counter surface. More of their design is hidden, but it can still highlight your powder room. For example, a Mosaic Model is 16.5” across and 5.7” deep. Made entirely of glass, it is etched to resemble a mosaic in gold, black metal, platinum, gold rose, and silver.
Vessel Sinks appear to stand freely upon the counter. Designers have explored all manner of artistic shapes. One stunning example is the Pert Infinity Starlight, a polymer sculpture in white, black, champagne, and blue/green. The irregular oval appears to defy gravity and floats freely to remind you of infinity. It’s a bold and fresh topic of conversation.