Here's an exciting new kitchen trend to love, or maybe hate. Most kitchen sinks are often white or stainless, but lately I've seen more and more of an unusual new feature: the black kitchen sink. Yes, black. You can find black sinks in metal, or ceramic, or even marble. Whether you love this look, or hate it, you've got to admit that it definitely draws the eye. But we still have some questions.
This is definitely not a look that's universally popular. When I queried some coworkers about their thoughts on black sinks, Ariel, the News and Culture Editor at Kitchn, just said they were "too scary." It's definitely a bold choice, and one that may not be advisable if you're planning on selling your house anytime soon. As far as maintenance is concerned, this depends a lot on the material you choose. Black porcelain can show smudges, and black metal may not be the best choice if you have hard water, but black granite composite sinks get great reviews.
Still intrigued, despite these reservations? Here's a little inspiration.
In this kitchen remodel from Amber Interior Design, a black sink sets up a striking contrast with a white marble countertop. The matte finish of the sink also meshes nicely with the polished counters.
Laura Seppanen added a black sink to an apartment whose entire color palette is strictly black and white. The matching tap, and matching black pulls, complete the look.
How about a black sink paired with a black countertop? This kitchen from Stella Harasek pulls off the look beautifully. The sink is made of Silgranit, a composite stone material, and the stone countertop is a quartz composite. The copper tap adds a lovely bit of contrast.
In this kitchen from Coco Lapine Design, a black metal sink looks particularly dramatic when paired with a black countertop. The grey cabinets are a beautiful complement, and the brass pulls add a bit of luxury and shine.
From Domino via Apartment Therapy, here's an especially striking way to get the black sink look: with a black marble sink. With its combination of white and black marbles, this kitchen may be traditionally styled, but it's anything but ordinary.
This design from Gerry Smith has the ultimate black-on-black look: a soapstone countertop with an integral soapstone apron-front sink. This is definitely not a budget-friendly option, but it's a great way to ensure that your sink will be the centerpiece of your kitchen. (Those terra cotta floor tiles are pretty great, too.)