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For the right client and the right situation, vessel sinks have a lot of appeal.
Copper or bronze, it’s almost difficult to believe they’re not art. For the
homeowner wanting to keep such a sink looking like new, though, involves
a lot of upkeep. (Facing page photo courtesy H O M E + atelier Michael
Ranson, top photo courtesy Lori Carroll and Associates). Sloped sinks are
gaining in popularity, especially where space can be limited (center)
There’s still nothing like a more traditional porcelain sink, especially if the
client is looking for an undermount (bottom). (Slope sink photo courtesy
H O M E + atelier Michael Ranson; porcelain sink photo courtesy Ward’s
Kitchens and Baths Inc.)
However, Mark Morris of the
Mark Morris Design
Group
in Brisbane, Calif., sees it differently.
“Designing beautiful kitchens is the art of selecting
beautiful appliances and fitting the cabinetry around it,
and for me the appliances include the sink,” Morris says.
And, while he estimates 80 percent of the sinks he
uses come from several nationwide sink manufacturers,
the other 20 percent feature integrated sinks made of the
granite or quartz surface used for the countertops, as well
as some soapstone sinks. A small – though growing –
number feature foot pedals for the water controls.
Morris may be a bit more-enthusiastic than most
about kitchen sinks. Many designers say with both
kitchens and baths when it comes down to a matter of
which comes first – the surface or the sink – most clients
start with the countertops.
“A lot of times, people say they want an undermount
sink, which forces them toward granite or solid surface,’
says Catherine Heir of Island Lake, Ill.-based
dea design
group ltd
. “A lot of times with bathrooms people
like to match their suites, so they start with the tile and
match the tub, sink and toilet to that.”
Often, that means fixtures in either bisque or
almond. And, while Heir doesn’t share Morris’ view on
the importance of the kitchen sink, she says currently
she’s seeing about 60 percent of her clients going to
stainless steel in the kitchen to match their appliances.
“Typically, we choose the other surfaces first, just
because they take up a bigger expanse in the room,” says
Lisa Anderson of
Ward’s Kitchens & Baths Inc
. in
Omaha, Neb. “The sink needs to complement it, but we
don’t pick it out until we have the countertops.”
And, the surfaces are just one part of the overall
aesthetic of a project. Michael Ranson of Chula Vista,
Calif.-based
H O M E + atelier Michael Ranson
says
the right sink definitely can play a role there.
“If it’s a kitchen, does the design call for a
traditional farmhouse sink, or does it dictate the use of a
sleek stainless-steel option?” he says. “If it’s a bar sink,
what kind of finish and texture options are available to
enhance the overall design? Every part of the design is
important to me.”
Lori Carroll of Tucson, Ariz.-based
Lori Carroll
and Associates
agrees. While the sink may come toward
the end of the material selection, last doesn’t mean least.
“After we’ve talked about things like the walls and
the lighting, I ask myself what kind of sink would fit a
particular space,” she says. “Especially in powder rooms,
sinks become almost like jewelry. The right sink can be
the crowning jewel.”
©2009 Western Business Media. Reprinted by permission.