10 Tips for Selecting a Kitchen Island Sink and FaucetPosted by Blanco Canada on Jun 24, 2011 in Blog, Kitchen Tips | 8 comments
The focal point of a kitchen is usually the sink area. There may be special lighting, a feature window or a stylish faucet and sink that immediately catch your eye upon entering the room. But add a kitchen island to the room and the focal point will more often than not shift to the island. This then makes the kitchen island the main feature in the room.
However while many consumers know this and will go the extra mile to select quality cabinetry and countertop material for their islands, I’ve seen many otherwise lovely islands spoiled by the wrong choice of sink and/or faucet. Perhaps after making the investment in a premium countertop and cabinet, there is a desire to find savings in the selection of sink and faucet. Or, the contractor or fabricator involved may have offered to “throw in” the sink and/or faucet for nothing or next to nothing for the purchase of a premium countertop. But be wary of these products—that sink and faucet also cost your fabricator next to nothing in many cases. Is anything really free?
A poor-quality sink or faucet will look dull, show wear and tear quickly, and detract from the overall polished look of your island. As the focal point of the room, this is not the place to accept a discount sink or faucet from your supplier.
Here are some tips to selecting a sink and faucet that will not only help to make your island shine, but that will give you years of satisfaction in both style and function:
- Don’t just accept what your fabricator or supplier can “throw in” with the countertop. Take some time to do your research and see the many different island or “prep” sinks and faucets available.
- Select the sink first—before you finalize on the design of your cabinetry. This will open the doors for you to a much broader range of options. Then you can ensure that the cabinetry size will accommodate the sink of your choice.
- Match the general style of faucet and sink to your cabinetry style for a professional designer look. If you are purchasing more than one sink (main sink and prep sink) at the same time, then you can often purchase them from the same line where the sinks have been made to coordinate with each other. For example, Blanco sink lines including SteelArt, Supreme, Wave and Silgranit sinks come in many different bowl configurations for the main kitchen sink and also with matching bar or island sinks often in different sizes. Faucets within one manufacturer also tend to work together well.
- Faucets for an island prep sink are convenient and highly accessible to family members, so they are often well-used as well as serving as a source for drinking water. Ensure that your faucet comes from a reputable manufacturer and you may want to check the country of manufacture. You will want to consider quality, reliability and health in your decision.
- Prep or secondary faucets are highly visible in the kitchen even more so than the main kitchen sink faucet depending on the layout of your kitchen. But you don’t want two showy faucets competing for attention. Decide which one gets the glory—perhaps your main kitchen sink will sport a gourmet or semi-professional style faucet—and then go with a simpler, smaller or more minimalist look for the prep faucet. If your choice is to have it the other way around that will definitely make your island the focal point and that can work very well also.
- Consider colour to make the coordination between main sink/faucet and island sink/faucet seamless. Blanco has more than 150 models of Silgranit sinks in a range of natural stone colours. These sinks include coordinated styles of main kitchen sink and bar or island sink but the coordination will not only be in style—you have the added match of colour between the sinks to create a highly professional match. And, there are matching coloured faucets with lifetime guarantees for finish so you don’t have to worry about that. For more information on Blanco Silgranit sinks and faucets visit www.blancocanada.com
- Solid spout faucets have often been used for prep sinks as they are cheaper than the pull-out spray faucets or faucets with a side spray. But we recommend just as much functionality in your island faucet as for your main kitchen faucet. It’s hard to regret going with a functional faucet. This way you can also use your bar sink to rinse vegetables and other foods. A side spray with solid spout makes a nice statement and adds a little more interest and professionalism to an island that is very plain.
- While trough sinks have come into vogue in recent years, think carefully before you make the commitment to cutting your countertop to accommodate the space required for this type of sink. Will you use it and is it worth giving up potential serving or working space?
- Consider special space saving and innovative sink options like Blanco’s Crystalline sinks. The Crystalline sink comes with a glass cutting board (in black or white) that completely covers the sink when not in use. This frees up countertop space on your island allowing you to use it for entertaining and serving.
- If you’re having trouble finding a shape that work with your main kitchen sink style, consider a round sink. There are many available on the market. These sinks tend to be quite small, which works for most islands, but if you want something a little larger then Blanco has a larger model called Ronis that can accommodate much more than other round bar sinks and comes with special accessories. So do your homework to see all the options available—don’t settle on the first one you see!
There are many options and considerations in selecting a sink and faucet regardless of their location. These are products that you likely use more frequently than anything else in your kitchen. As well, as a focal point on your kitchen island, it’s likely you will never regret choosing quality and style over immediate savings in the long run. With all the options available today you can also have a good time selecting your products. Happy searching!