Shaws of Darwen Elements Butler sink

Kitchen sinks: 12 sleek designs for a fresh new look

February 28, 2023

Kitchen sinks are more varied than ever, so how do you choose the best design for your space? First of all, think about how you use the sink every day – do you have enough drainage space, do you need a separate sink for rinsing, do you want something classic or contemporary?

Whether you’re looking for a stainless steel kitchen sink, classic farmhouse sink or a granite composite that offers the best of both worlds, take a look at Good Homes’ pick of the best kitchen sinks to get a feel for the type of look you want in your kitchen.

Then, hop over to our kitchen sink buyer’s guide for more information on the benefits of stainless steel over ceramic, double versus single versus one-and-a-half bowl sinks, and the difference between Belfast and Butler sinks.

Metallic kitchen sink styles

1. Two-tone

Caple’s 1.5 bowl Mode 175/GD gold and steel sink (£822) is perfect for the on-trend two-tone look currently popular in kitchens. Adding wow factor to worktops, it comes as undermounted and inset styles, so it suits all worktop materials and has a pure metal PVD coating, which is highly resistant to tarnishing, corrosion and scratches.

gold and steel kitchen sink with small side sink or bowl and a half

Photo: Caple

2. Black and gold

The 1810 Company’s Axixuno 450U gold brass SOS sink (£632) seamlessly combines with solid-surface, quartz or stone worktops. The handmade bowl is treated on the underside with a protective powder coating called Insusound, which helps retain the heat of the water in the bowl, and dramatically reduces noise when fitted a waste disposal unit. The steel is 1.2mm thick and an Axix waste tidy is included. Also available in stainless steel, copper and gunmetal.

gold kitchen sink with black marble worktop

Photo: The 1810 Company

3. Copper classic

Metallics and marbles are a big kitchen trend. Metallics add dimension and glamour to any contemporary kitchen scheme, especially when combined with a marble worksurface. Create a striking focal point in your kitchen with Rangemaster’s Spectra stainless steel PVD-coated sink in copper (RRP £673). Each Spectra sink is supplied with fittings for inset and undermount installation, which makes these sinks compatible with all worktop types, as well as a PVD waste kit with colour-coordinating waste cover. Also available in fade-resistant gold or graphite.

copper kitchen sink with white marble worktop

Photo: Rangemaster

Stainless steel sink styles

4. Multi-purpose

For a multifunctional sink space, the Zenuno10 700 one-bowl stainless steel model from The 1810 Company (£1,325.50) comes complete with two accessories of your choice such as a bamboo colander holder with colander and bowl or bamboo chopping board. It features a 10mm radius handmade undermount bowl and can also be flush mounted or inset.

multipurpose stainless steel sink with built in bamboo colander holder or chopping board

Photo: The 1810 Company

5. Double bowl kitchen sink styles

Carron’s Phoenix Deca 150 1.5-bowl inset stainless-steel sink (£799) features a low-profile perimeter, which gives a virtually flush-mount appearance. This reversible model fits a 600mm cabinet and is ideal for modern, handleless kitchens with a seamless finish.

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Carron Phoenix Deca 150 stainless steel sink

Photo: Carron Phoenix

6. Easy clean

Franke’s Mythos Plus MYX 211 (currently reduced from £801.76 to £589) is a single-bowl stainless steel inset sink with slim 6mm polished rim that sits almost flush with the worksurface for a sleek look and easier cleaning. The steel material is rust resistant and has a high nickel and chromium content, which makes it resistant to heat and cold, too.

easy clean kitchen sink in stainless steel

Photo: Franke

Stone-look kitchen sinks

7. Modern farmhouse styles

For a contemporary twist on the classic farmhouse sink, the Vintera XL 9 from Blanco (RRP £828) is a large undermount or flush single bowl design made for 90cm base cabinets. The Red Dot design award winner 2021 is made from Silgranit stone composite and comes in nine on-trend colours, including black, anthracite, rock grey, alumetallic, volcanic grey, coffee, tartufo and white.

modern farmhouse sink in grey granite

Photo: Blanco

8. Antimicrobial sink

Franke’s Maris Bowls 110-72 Fragranite undermount sink (RRP £587) has a spacious bowl that allows bulky items such as roasting pans and grill trays to be washed up with ease. It comes in stone grey, matt black, polar white and coffee, and is treated with Antimicrobial Sanitized Technology for a more hygienic finish, reducing bacteria and microbe growth by 99%.

Franke grey stone kitchen sink

Photo: Franke

9. Black stone-look

Blanco’s Subline sink in Silgranit (RRP £513) offers the classic appeal of stone kitchen sinks, but is scratch, impact, acid and heat resistant. Plus, it’s black, which is somewhat unusual in the world of sinks. Pair it with a white marble worktop for a super stylish monochrome kitchen look. It’s also non-fading, so it keeps its looks for longer, and almost completely vanishes into the undermount.

black stone-look kitchen sink

Photo: Blanco

Contemporary classics

10. Designer sink

A traditional fireclay sink with a difference, the Gallery collection from Shaws of Darwen (from £595) gives the humble Butler sink a makeover with a striking abstract design. This Elements model is inspired by nature and comes with a bold blue print on the front, perfect for adding a contemporary twist to a classic Shaker kitchen.

Shaws of Darwen The Elements Butler sink

Photo: Shaws of Darwen

11. Belfast kitchen sink styles

The Belfast sink – so called because it was originally designed in Belfast – is a classic among kitchen sink styles. The 490mm x 800mm Bora ceramic double Belfast sink in white from Wren is available to buy in showrooms as part of a kitchen package. Ceramic sinks work with both traditional and modern kitchen designs. Here, it’s paired with a gold swan-neck tap and Shaker-style cabinets in forest green for a contemporary-classic look.

double belfast sink in white with forest green Shaker cabinets and gold swan neck tap

Photo: Wren

12. Carbon-neutral kitchen sink

Make a statement in your kitchen with the Waterfall D-100 sink from Schock in a vibrant Rouge finish (£530). Available in both single and 1.5 bowl models, it’s made from Cristadur, Schock’s patented premium material that’s 99% natural, renewable or recycled, and comes in nine colours to complement or contrast with your colour scheme. The D-100 has a second, recessed drain and is mounted in the base cabinet to save space.

Schock red kitchen sink

Photo: Schock


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