When you’re updating a kitchen, it’s time to ignore that old adage “everything but the kitchen sink.” Many homeowners don’t think about replacing their kitchen sink unless it’s broken, ancient or they’re upgrading countertops. However, the sink has the potential to be the focal point of beauty and functionality in any kitchen.

Reasons to replace

• Change a key style element in the kitchen. The style of sink should underscore the overall design theme of the kitchen. If you have a white porcelain apron sink in a modern kitchen, a stainless steel sink might better match your decor.


• Add features and functions. Replacing a single-bowl sink with a dual-bowl unit can increase your work area, plus give you the opportunity to add a garbage disposal on one side. When you replace your sink, it’s also natural to replace the faucet, allowing you to choose one that better meets your needs, such as a pull-down or touch-free.

• Improve performance. Perhaps the existing sink is too shallow to allow for filling large cook pots. Or, over-mount installation makes it difficult to keep the sink and surrounding countertop as clean as you would like. Replacing an underperforming sink with a new one allows you to increase sink depth and create an easier environment for cleaning.

Kitchen sink trends

• Two sinks can be better than one. Houzz reports a growing number of builders are including two kitchen sinks in homes. The design improves workflow, allowing one sink for food prep and the other for cleanup.


• Stainless steel still has staying power. Stainless is the most popular sink material, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). In terms of durability, it’s difficult to beat stainless steel, and it works well with any kitchen design.

• Integrated accessories mean the sink has it all. Of course, accessories can make an already great sink even better, and the NKBA reports demand is growing for this trend.

• Subtle or stunning. Drop-in or self-rimming sinks fit into a hole cut in the countertop and rest there courtesy of a lip or rim that sits on top of the counter material. Under-mount sinks only work with solid surface countertops, such as granite or quartz, and attach to the underside of the countertop. Under-mount design allows the countertops to shine and makes it easier to keep the countertop area cleaner. Sinks with apron-front designs calls attention to the sink and showcases its beauty.


Upgrading the sink can be a cost-effective, visually appealing way to transform the kitchen.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.