3 tips for choosing a kitchen sink in natural stone
The kitchen is often described as the centre of the home and the sink, both from a functional and aesthetic point of view, probably comes second in importance only to the oven as a key element.
There are a host of aspects to consider when choosing a sink, with type and material being the predominant ones, but we assume that if you are reading this it’s because you have fallen in love with the idea of natural stone. And why wouldn’t you? It’s a beautiful, hard-wearing material which has been used for centuries in some of the world’s most beloved monuments and buildings (which are still standing today!).
Natural stone is a beautiful, hard wearing material.
Here are three key things to think about when choosing a sink in natural stone:
Type of stone
The first thing is, of course, the type of stone you want to use and here the two key considerations are appearance and absorbency.
Generally speaking, most marbles are less absorbent than, for example, a limestone or sandstone, but if you apply a quality protectant and look after your sink, you can feel pretty confident about choosing any stone. The key point that we want to underline here is that all stone sinks and worktops must have adequate protection in the form of a water-repellent sealant.
In terms of look, this is where the fun starts and it’s entirely down to personal taste. At Salvatori we tend to work with a palette of neutral colours such as whites, creams, greys and browns which are discreet and are generally easy to combine with cupboards in whatever shade you wish.
For a practical but interesting alternative to a single stone type, you could also consider something like Lithoverde®, made from offcuts, which gives you a discreet patterned effect without dominating (and also is a gesture towards the environment!).
Type of sink
Here’s where it starts to get even more interesting. Key decisions are whether you want to choose different materials for your sink and worktop (for example, choosing an apron-style or Butler’s sink with a wooden bench) or go for the whole thing in stone. In this case, there is yet another choice.
Do you want an assembled unit or a continuous single block of stone carved to create your sink within it?
By assembled unit, we mean that the various pieces will be cut separately (usually to a thickness of around 2 to 3 cm) and then glued together using a resin. The advantages here, compared to a single block of stone, are that it weighs significantly less and that the cost will also be lower. Turning our attention to a single carved block, this of course has cost and weight implications, but a seamless piece of natural stone in your kitchen is something truly extraordinary.
Do you want an upstand?
This runs behind the sink and bench and helps prevent water and other liquids slopping over and running down the wall.
Splashback: do you need one?
If your sink is placed close to your stove top, we would say yes, so then you just need to decide upon the look and surface. The key thing is that whatever you choose, you should find it easy to remove the splashes of oil, tomato and other nasties that inevitably escape from the stove top. A splashback is also a great opportunity to make a statement or add a touch of design using patterned tiles, bright colours or textured stone. Our Bamboo, Lithoverde®, Romboo, Stone Parquet and Rain are perfect for this.
It’s entirely optional, but many of our clients ask us to include a grooved, sloped surface on one side of the sink for dishes to drain.