Thinking of upgrading your kitchen or bathroom sinks? It could be a good idea not only for the aesthetic appeal but also for your wallet in the long term, too.
According to real estate marketplace Zillow, new sinks can add significant value to your home. For example, installing a farmhouse-style kitchen sink can increase a property's value by as much as 8 percent.
Whether you want new sinks for a makeover or simply for practicality, there's a lot to consider before you get rid of a standard sink for an upgraded model.
"You can never go wrong with a farmhouse sink," says Bonny Ford, editor of FurnishMyWay, an interior design, fashion, art and lifestyle blog. "Whether it's in the kitchen or bathroom, it's a stylish option."
For example, a black farmhouse sink against a white kitchen background offers a striking contrast, while a distressed farmhouse sink makes a kitchen feel rustic. Farmhouse sink prices range from about $200 to $1,000.
Designer Danny Taylor of DT Collection of Companies says the farmhouse sink, also known as a porcelain apron sink, is available in bright colors, such as apple green, and soft, tonal textures. He calls the look "very designer cottage."
"Picture Mom, apple pie and off to soccer practice," Taylor says.
These days, even conventional sinks are installed with added amenities.
"The traditional under-mount sink still rules but with new shapes and features such as sliding cutting boards, utensil trays, drying racks and colanders," says Taylor, who explains this style is "great for people who really cook!"
Some cooks like sinks with one large basin instead of two smaller basins, as a single, roomy basin can fit larger items, such as pots and pans.
Sinks can be energy-efficient, too. Look for WaterSense labels on faucets and aerators, which can save the average family 700 gallons of water yearly.
Modern sink designs keep the workspace streamlined and minimalistic but with many fresh features. For example, one new faucet design allows users to switch to a touch-less faucet (a sensor triggers the water flow), which can prevent cross-contamination in the kitchen. Pull down faucets with multifunction sprayers make cleaning easy.
Stainless steel, another recent sink trend, adds a feel of sophistication to the kitchen.
Ford calls it a great option and says it's very sleek against white cabinets.
"Paired with bright colors, open shelving and cool dishes, your sink will definitely be an attention-grabber," she says.
Pricier materials look stunning and perform well, too.
"In higher-end applications, integrated sinks in marble or quartz give a sophisticated, sleek, seamless look," says Taylor, explaining that the sinks not only look nice but also are easy to maintain.
Sure, bathroom sinks are mostly just for washing hands, but form and function can coexist.
"When remodeling your bathroom, don't just pop in a standard kitchen sink," says designer Jenna Sue of the Jenna Sue Design Co., who worked with home-improvement company Lowe's to create a farmhouse flip.
She says freestanding sinks are a thing of the past. Modern homes feature trendy upgrades, such as floating wall-mounted sinks, which create an airy look and make the space seem more open.
For a stylish sink option, instead of one long vanity, consider connecting two single vanities with a storage tower or cabinet.
Make a statement with your sink basin, too. Vessel sinks, which can look like decorative bowls or serving platters, are available in a variety of colors and materials, including glass and stone.
"Let your sink be a work of art," says Sue. "Vessel sinks are a great way to make a statement and will catch your eye as soon as you walk in."
For a muted but sophisticated look in the bathroom, go country. Ford suggests a farmhouse sink here, too. Add a large faucet for a rustic vibe.