2013 Kitchen Design Trends – Kitchen Island sinks

Carron Phoenix Deca 100 (small enough to fit on an island)

Carron Carisma 400 Round Bowl Sink

Carisma 400

Carron Phoenix Deca 100 lifestyle

Deca 100

Carron Phoenix Pacific 40

Pacific 40

Carron Phoenix Pacific 50

Pacific 50

If the trend in 2013 is big Kitchen Islands, then it follows that the next decision is whether or not to put a kitchen sink on the island!According to Homethangs “The inclusion of big kitchen islands in designer kitchen remodels has been becoming more and more ubiquitous in the past several years, and that isn’t about to change in 2013. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find a decently sized kitchen without one. 2013 kitchen design trends move away from dining rooms and towards eating, drinking, and interacting in the kitchen itself, and a large kitchen island complete with bar stools is the perfect way to make this happen, while creating a nice open-air feeling – especially if one can be used to bridge kitchen and living areas, another major 2013 kitchen design trend.”

Should you put a kitchen sink on the island?

Some love the idea of an uncluttered island and others love the idea of using the island as a food preparation area, in which case a second sink would be extremely useful. If a Kitchen sink on your island is on your wish list, your final decision might be dictated by the size of your island / kitchen, the layout of the units underneath (in) the island and whether or not a kitchen sink / kitchen tap can be plumbed.


Is your island big enough?

If you are putting a kitchen sink into your island, then make sure that you plan where the seating area is and which part of the island is going to be your food preparation area and plan to put the kitchen sink down that end of the island. Whilst a kitchen sink situated in the middle of the island might look nicely symmetrical, it does divide your worktop space in two.


What kitchen sinks to put on your island?

Ideally an undermount sink

so the material that the worktop surface is made out of should accommodate this. Whilst real wooden worktops are very popular I am personally not a fan of a sink being undermounted / set into a ‘real’ wooden area as over time there will be water damage. I have seen this issue being solved by a water resistant material being used around the kitchen sink area (e.g. granite, composite, wood look alike articificial worktop etc) and real wooden surfaces being put in other parts of the kitchen.

Size of kitchen sink: Make sure that it is big enough to comfortably wash hands, wash vegetables, rinse bowls etc under.  The size of sink might be dictated by the layout of the units in the island so it is very important to work closely with your kitchen designer at the early stages when deciding on where to place units etc as these always dictate the size of your kitchen sink.

Style of kitchen sink: The choice is pretty endless …from stainless steel in square shapes (Carron Phoenix Deca 100. Pacific 40 and Pacific 50) to round (Carron Phoenix Carisma 400),

to coloured granite (Carron Phoenix Fiji Range) to ceramic (Carron Phoenix Carlow 150). The rest of your kitchen style will pretty much dictate the style of sink e.g. if you are putting a stainless steel sink in another area of your kitchen, then ideally you would match it with a stainless steel sink on your island. If you have curve details in your units, then you might put a round sink on your island to mirror the curves etc.

For ideas of kitchen islands, with or without kitchen sinks, you could look at my pinterest board ‘kitchens – island units’.

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