by: Taylor Duvall for InteriorCrowd
May 12, 2016
May 12, 2016
Trends eventually always come back into style rotation. Sometimes it only takes a couple decades to see the trends you remember as a kid come back in vogue. But in the case of apron sinks, also known as farmhouse sinks, it took a couple centuries. But their beauty was well worth the wait.
Popping up in fabulous kitchens over the past few years, apron sinks have made a stylish comeback that should not go anywhere for quite some time.
The apron sink’s nostalgic appearance makes it easy to understand why it is also referred to as a farmhouse sink. Though it instantly reminds you of an idyllic scene in a rustic farm kitchen, today these sinks are capable of being incorporated into a wide variety of traditional and contemporary design styles – from modern to minimalist to vintage and eclectic. Apron sinks are not only aesthetically pleasing, trendy, a fabulous focal point, they are also a fabulous choice on the practicality scale as well.
Instead of being an insert that only goes into the countertop, the front side of apron sinks actually come down into the counter top and typically stick out slightly for comfort. When you are standing there washing dishes, you are able to lean against the sink without having to lean over the countertop. Not only is this well designed, it ensures your sink, an item which typically goes unnoticed until looking directly over it, will be a statement piece in the kitchen.
Another great practical benefit of an apron sink is its size. Its deep and long basin offers plenty of space for washing dishes in comfort. Some of the apron sinks have the typical division which offer two separate sides. Others leave you with one large basin. And for all the young families out there – this sink is the perfect size for baby’s bath time.
New kitchens can easily design around the apron sink, but incorporating one into your redesign may not be as difficult as you might think. Since traditional sinks have a false drawer underneath them, most kitchens will already have the necessary space once for an apron sink once that false drawer is removed.
Because we are loving this trend here at InteriorCrowd, we have collected some photos for inspiration. Some are more traditional and others are an innovative take on a classic home design choice.
Here you will see apron sinks as they used to be. What stands out first is the color; they are all either white or an off-white. This means its simple white fireclay face will offer that quintessential nostalgic look.
They look great against white cabinetry for a white-on-white look, but they also fit in with cabinets of different colors or even natural wood. Similarly, it works well with a large variety of countertop options.
By no means do the apron sinks of today need to be exactly the same as those of yesterday. Made with different materials and colors, these apron sinks have the same large and stand-out quality, but take their own creative spin.
Many of these apron sinks use a metal material, often copper, to create a very different look from the traditional white apron sink. Concrete can look incredible too. If your kitchen is less rustic in design, choosing a sleek stainless steel or concrete apron sink could allow you to easily incorporate this style into your kitchen design.
If you would like to incorporate an apron sink into your new kitchen or kitchen redesign, reach out to our team of professional designers who can help you choose the best countertops, cabinetry, faucet, and apron sink for your kitchen. And for more information on the long history of apron or farmhouse sinks, make sure to read this great article on their history.