I have a serious soft spot for traditional farmhouse kitchen sinks. The highly desired design is reminiscent of yesteryear, evokes a sense of nostalgia, and the versatile design, complements any kitchen décor.
The kitchen sink is the most utilitarian tool in the kitchen and it was the very first item I ordered for my kitchen-in-the-making. I chose a white fireclay farmhouse-style sink with a large single basin; it’s the most authentic and traditional farmhouse sink design. Fireclay sinks are made of clay which heats up to 2,200 degrees, resulting in durability and a nice shine. For the most part, it’s scratch and chip-resistant and easy to clean.
Farmhouse-style sinks a.k.a apron-front sinks (because of the drop-down “apron” styling) are also available in copper, stainless steel and stone. PlumbTile has a wide selection of single and double sink designs in all four materials.
Copper farmhouse sinks with a hammered finish and an applied colored patina can be stunning in a rustic kitchen.
For those of you who want your sink to stand out, consider granite, which has become a popular choice. The Old World style and strong-as-a-rock durability will undoubtedly garner tons of compliments due to its natural beauty.
For a modern look, a commercial grade stainless steel farmhouse sink is polished and practical.
The Backstory: The London and Belfast farmhouse-style sinks were the first designs in England and Ireland in the 17th century. Water was hauled from wells, lakes and rivers and into homes. Deep and spacious farmhouse sinks were filled with water and the apron front was ergonomically designed eliminating a countertop. The person washing the dishes didn’t need to lean over causing back strain and pain.
Due to the brilliant design, the London and Belfast designs, also called butler sinks, were popular in wealthy homes. Sanitation workers in both cities permitted the sinks in homes hence the name. The deep Belfast sink had an overflow for excess water to drain away instead of flowing over the sides. The London sink was more shallow. Water was precious and it was meant to stay in the sink. And, of course, in today’s world, water is still precious.