How to increase the value of your home by improving your kitchen’s functionality
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to home renovations, especially when you’re remodelling the kitchen. Quite often, it’s easy to get swept up in all the different kitchen designs and styles and wondering if it’ll match the rest of your home’s interior. But have you considered functionality and livability?
The truth is, it doesn’t matter how aesthetically pleasing your kitchen is — it will be meaningless if you’re bending over backwards just to make a sandwich. Whether you’re planning an upcoming kitchen renovation or building new, we tackle the questions most Aussie homeowners encounter when trying to design the perfect kitchen.
Commonly found styles of kitchen sinks Australia has to offer
Who would’ve thought selecting the kitchen sink would be such a hassle? To help you narrow down your search, here’s a shortlist of the best kitchen sinks to take with you the next time you visit a kitchen warehouse.
Undermount Kitchen Sink
If you’re looking for a single sink that sits flush with your kitchen countertop then you’re in the right place. An undermount sink is extremely versatile, modern and sleek, providing a seamless finish that will suit most kitchen layouts. But that’s not all.
The main reason why most Aussie homeowners consider this ‘under bench sink’ is because of how easy it is to sweep food scraps and debris straight into the sink without getting caught in cracks or edges.
Typically available in stainless steel, granite composite and fireclay, with the option of single bowl and double bowl.
Single and Double Kitchen Sinks
The choice between a double bowl kitchen sink versus a single bowl will depend on the size and layout of your kitchen, as well as countertop space. Keep in mind that when we say ‘single’ this is not to be confused with a small kitchen sink, but more towards functionality.
For example, you could have a large single bowl sink that makes cleaning larger pots and pans a breeze because you can lay them flat at the bottom. Whereas, a double bowl sink allows for cleaning dirty dishes and preparing food at the same time.
It all comes down to personal preference and how you plan to spend your time in the kitchen.
Stainless Steel Sinks
If you’re purely after functionality, then a stainless steel kitchen sink will be the best choice. Not only are they light and easy to install, but they are also one of the easiest to clean and maintain. For this reason, you’ll find that many Aussie homeowners will tend to gravitate towards a stainless steel kitchen sink. Available in single, double sinks, undermount and top-mounted.
Inset Kitchen Sink
Also known as an overmount or top-mounted sink, inset sinks are considered to be one of the most popular types of kitchen sinks because of how easy they are to install. An inset sink is mounted from above where it is then placed into a pre-cut hole in the surface, with the outer rim of the sink resting perfectly on top.
From start to finish, here’s what else your kitchen remodelling checklist will need to include
Kitchen Tapware & Mixers
The kitchen mixer you choose will have a direct impact on the functionality of your kitchen. For example, a pull-out swivel gooseneck gives you plenty of space to wash larger dishes, while providing much-needed flexibility to switch to a hand mixer. The addition of a kitchen mixer will allow you to easily control the temperature and flow of water in one single motion.
Filtered Water Systems
Water filtration systems have become increasingly popular in Aussie homes as we look to increase our daily intake of water. The addition of a filtration system provides a free flow of clean, odourless and fresh tasting water straight to your kitchen tap.
Get inspired with the biggest kitchen design trends in 2021
Tapware & Taps that make a statement
With various design styles including modern contemporary, industrial and classic pushing their way forwards, tapware has become somewhat of a focal point. Brass taps go excellent with industrial-themed kitchens, while dramatic dark matte black tapware complements marble countertops. Tapware is a great way to add character to the space while providing a consistent style when paired with kitchen cabinets, appliances and drawers for a seamless finish.
Industrial design and style
Industrial design has always managed to break the surface but never really made any waves. Well, 2021 is finally it’s year as it continues to rise in popularity for kitchen design, with minimalism along for the ride. Metal finishings paired with concrete, dramatic dark colours, and raw materials coupled with a minimalistic approach to life proves to be a popular kitchen trend for those looking to declutter in style.
Functionality without sacrificing on style
With so many sink styles available in a wide array of designs and material you’ll never have to worry about clashing styles again. From vessel sinks, farmhouse sinks, undermount/topmount, single bowl or a double bowl, you’re spoilt for choices when it comes to functionality. Available in stainless steel, granite composite, cast iron and fireclay, you’ll find more homes transforming their sinks into a focal point that draws the eyes of their guests.