Kitchen countertops and sinks are a staple of any kitchen design or renovation. Often taken for granted kitchen countertops married to the latest in designer kitchen sinks not only provide efficient work space, they add a whole new level of style. The kitchen has gone from a basic work area to a gathering place and focus of interior décor. Designers have a vast array of unique countertops and designer kitchen sinks to enhance the style of any Waukesha WI home.
Trends in Kitchen Countertops and Sinks
Two concepts are dominating designer creations in 2017 – a preference for softer-looking more neutral tones in countertops and sinks integrated into the countertop design. Bright colors, bold textures and even stark black work surfaces are giving way to colors like gray – or “greige” a combination of gray and beige. Color and design expression is often brought out in the latest in backsplash tiles. The shift toward neutral colors complements the latest in open-concept floor plans and more natural lighting. Recent industry surveys show that kitchen countertops are the top priority for most remodelers. Sinks, especially versatile designer kitchen sinks rank a very close second.
The Latest In Designer Kitchen Sinks
Blending a custom-looking sink into a new countertop not only makes for a smooth working surface, it provides a visually pleasing modern look. While traditional stainless steel sinks aren’t going out of style, they are adapting to the new countertop designs. In addition, there are many new materials, shapes and sizes providing everything from the latest in restaurant-look styling to country and farmhouse images.
Designer kitchen sink selections include:
- Self-rimming Sinks — A time-tested style available in stainless steel, porcelain and enameled cast iron. These drop-in sinks are still the most popular.
- Undermount Sinks — Units are installed below the countertops for a seamless look and easier counter cleaning. This type can only be used with solid-surface countertops like granite, marble or composite.
- The Apron Sink — Meant to look like historic farmhouse apron sinks, this is a design that’s seen a hot rebirth in popularity. Available in assorted materials including porcelain, stainless steel, copper and even concrete.
- Integrated Quart Sink — With the increased popularity of quartz composite countertops, built-in sinks are seen more and more.
With the innovations recorded in recent years, there’s a custom sink that’s perfect for every style and décor.
Kitchen Countertop Selections
Granite is still the material of choice for most kitchen countertops, but it is losing points to newer, more interesting materials. Quartz countertops are running a close second with traditional butcher-block ranking third in recent surveys.
When you’re looking for a new look, style or material for kitchen countertops, consider:
- Granite — Still the “go-to” choice. Granite is durable, heat-resistant and fairly low maintenance – require sealing annually to prevent stains and bacteria growth in its porous surface. Available in a wide range of colors to complement almost any décor.
- Quartz — Quartz has been billed as a high-end alternative to granite. Quartz countertops don’t require sealing. Extremely strong, quarts is available in various color options.
- Butcher Block — A classic style that offers the warmth of wood. Ideal for cutting and chopping areas, it does show scratches and is not recommended for placing hot items.
- Laminate — Once considered the low-end choice, modern laminate countertops duplicate the look of pricey stone. Very low maintenance but not heat-resistant.
- Stainless Steel — A selection for contemporary kitchens looking to recreate the restaurant look.
Stainless steel countertops are durable and easy-to-clean. They resist heat and stains but scratch easily.
Non-traditional countertop materials are catching on, including:
- Engineered Stone — An alternative to natural stones, these countertops are 93% quartz particles. They combine the best elements of several competitors – scratch-, stain-, and heat-resistant. Available in a range of colors.
- Concrete — Cast concrete can provide one-of-a-kind custom design (including concrete sinks). It can be polished and stained. Concrete requires regular sealing.
- Marble — Marble countertops are said to be unmatched for beauty, but are high-maintenance. Marble stains and scratches. Marble is definitely a high-end option.
- Soapstone — Soapstone won’t absorb stains or discoloration but it will darken with age. Stains can be removed by sanding, not scrubbing.
Schoenwalder Plumbing provides professional plumbing, remodeling and water treatment services in Lake Country including Hartland, Delafield, Pewaukee, Brookfield, Elm Grove, Oconomowoc, Dousman and New Berlin.
To work with experts in kitchen and bathroom remodeling to select the perfect kitchen countertops and designer kitchen sinks for your plumbing upgrades in Waukesha WI, call or email Schoenwalder Plumbing to explore how we can work together.