From innovative stainless-steel models to hammered copper designs, several interior designers share their favorites.

By Caroline Biggs
January 19, 2021
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The right sink can upgrade your entire kitchen. "A well-designed sink needs to be both functional and beautiful," interior designer Emma Beryl explains. "If a sink isn't functional, it will reduce the overall efficiency of your kitchen and cooking workflow, and if it isn't attractive, it can compromise the overall design of the space."

So, what elements are essential to a stylish, yet practical kitchen sink? For starters, it should be sized to suit your family's unique needs. "A sink that is at least nine-inches deep is crucial for hiding dirty pots and dishes, and preventing splashing over the sides," says interior designer Lauren Ramirez. "A durable, but also beautiful finish is equally important to help hide water spots and create a sense of luxury while taking care of messy business." Curious what kinds of kitchen sinks our interior designer friends turn to time and time again? From innovative stainless-steel styles to hammered copper designs and more, several designers share their favorites ahead.

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Undermount Minded

Designed to ensure that the edge of the sink is below the level of the countertop, Breegan Jane says undermount sinks create a sleek, invisible effect in your kitchen. "As a mom of two who does all the cooking and cleaning, I tend to gravitate towards a rectangular, modern sink with enough depth to hide the dinner dishes," she explains. "The Prolific sink by Kohler is polished and affordable, and offers built-in drying racks and a bamboo cutting board, ensuring maximum efficiency."

Shop Now: Kohler Prolific Undermount Stainless Steel Sink, $772.71, homedepot.com.

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Colorful

If you're searching for a way to bring a pop of color and personality into your kitchen, Emily Spanos of Emily June Designs suggests the ELXRUP 3620 Luxe Quartz Sink by Elkay. "Sinks can be a fun way to incorporate color in the kitchen," she explains. "This quartz sink comes in a variety of palettes, and I love working the vibrant shades into both neutral and color-rich kitchen designs!"

Shop Now: Elkay ELXRUP 3620 Luze Quartz Sink, from $363.10, amazon.com.

classic white kitchen sink
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Farmhouse Fireclay

Dreaming of a farmhouse-inspired sink with a contemporary twist? Michelle Lisac says that, in addition to looking more modern, ceramic fireclay sinks are non-porous, and less likely to scratch, crack, or corrode than their cast-iron counterparts. "The Farm House FHK710-33 Fireclay White sink from Franke is one of our go-tos," she explains. "Its durable material will ensure that your sink can handle everyday use."

Shop Now: Franke Farm House FHK710-33 Fireclay White Sink, $1,170, houzz.com.

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Multifunctional Matters

The only thing better than a stylish sink is one with handy kitchenwares built into the design. "This sink by Ruvati has a basin rack, colander, cutting board, and basket strainer already included," says Maureen Stevens. "Not only does this sink elevate the aesthetic of a kitchen, it allows the sink to function as a workstation, as well."

Shop Now: Ruvati "Roma" Stainless Steel Workstation Sink, $385.33, faucet.com.

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Hammered Copper

If you're looking for a quality kitchen sink that makes a statement, Carneil Griffin of Griffin Direction Interiors says to consider one composed of hammered copper, such as the Normandy sink by Waterworks. "Copper has anti-microbial properties that naturally stop the spread of germs or viruses," he explains. "One with an apron front and hammered finish brings depth and dimension to a countertop without disrupting the overall design."

Shop Now: Waterworks Normandy Sink, price upon request, waterworks.com.

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Beyond Stainless Steel

For an undermount-style sink that isn't composed of traditional stainless steel, Isabel Ladd recommends the IKON by Blanco America. "I like that this sink comes in several colors and is made of a hygienic natural granite composite material, SILGRANIT, that's more unique than stainless steel," she explains.

Shop Now: Blanco America IKON Sink, $959.40, ferguson.com.

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