In Praise of the Little Black Sink

In Praise of the Little Black Sink

Brie Dyas
May 22, 2017
(Image credit: Amber Interior Design)

Though it has gone "in" and "out" of style, the white porcelain or enamel farmhouse sink is really a classic element of kitchen design. Sure, it's roomy and it really does work with a wide variety of styles. But sometimes, you want something a bit more dramatic in your kitchen.

Right now, it doesn't get any more dramatic than matte black finishes in the kitchen. Though we're primarily seeing this type of finish in kitchen appliances, tiles and tabletop accessories, matte black turns a sink into a stunning statement.

(Image credit: Noe.)

This small black sink coordinates with the black cabinetry and appliances in the kitchen from Noe. The contrast also helps make the white counters seem even brighter.

(Image credit: Amber Interior Design)

Amber Interior Design uses a black sink in a similar way, echoing the black cabinetry and accessories. Here, the matte finish of the sink also contrasts the polished counters.

(Image credit: Z+ Interiors)

Black basins don't always have to be matched with a similar faucet. Z+ Interiors pairs this black sink with gleaming chrome.

(Image credit: Red Cottage Chronicles)

For her One Room Challenge kitchen project, Maureen from Red Cottage went with a black farmhouse-style sink for an unexpected touch in her vintage inspired kitchen.

(Image credit: Est Living)

We've highlighted this modern kitchen from Est Living previously for its great use of black tile. The all-black look extends to the sink, which practically disappears against the tile and the counters.

(Image credit: Minna Jones)

Interior stylist and designer Minna Jones lets the clean lines speak for themselves in this micro kitchen.

(Image credit: Domino)

Black sinks (like this custom soapstone one spotted in Domino) can also work beautifully with more traditional kitchen styles.

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

You also don't have to keep your palette limited to black and white. In this period-inspired kitchen spotted in Better Homes & Gardens, a black sink works in harmony with the soft green cabinetry. It's an instance where a white sink would've stood out a bit too much —and proves that no matter your style, there's a way to incorporate this on-trend finish.

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