These days, marble is everywhere. Marble countertops, marble backsplashes, kitchen islands and bathtubs and whole walls covered in marble. But my favorite spot to add marble is a particularly humble one — the kitchen sink.
You know that emoji with the hearts for eyes? That emoji is a picture of my face the first time I saw this marble sink. The folks at deVOL, makers of dreamy British kitchens, have recently begun offering a line of dreamy Carrara marble sinks.
The sinks, which are each hewn from a single block of stone, are inspired by the marble sinks in old Italian buildings, some of which are hundreds of years old and still going strong. Marble, which is notoriously finicky as a countertop material, may seem like an unusual choice for a utilitarian feature like a sink. If you tend to obsess over every small bit of wear and tear to your kitchen, this may not be the right choice for you. But those Italian sinks testify to the fact that marble has the ability to age beautifully and last for a very, very long time.
Helen Parker, deVOL's creative director, explains:
The truth is, it will scratch and stain over time, you may get etching which is rough marks from leaving such things as lemons on the surface, but generally they clean off and in time the whole surface just seems to settle in. A new kitchen is exciting and if you find a small mark on an expensive worktop or sink then you are likely to panic and feel the whole room is ruined, but in reality it's just one of many little things that will happen to all the rooms in your house, everything has a bit of wear and tear over time. The good news with Carrara marble is that it seems to get easier and more beautiful as you carry on using it, it seems – or maybe you seem, to understand the stone and appreciate its qualities rather than just its foibles.
Marble sinks are also not cheap. The least expensive of deVOL's three offerings, the Tuscan farmhouse single-bowl, will set you back £ 2,450. Of course, if you decide to go with a wooden worktop instead of a marble one, as seen here, you can save quite a bit of money on your countertops, since wooden countertops cost significantly less than marble ones.
Signature Hardware also offers a marble sink, which comes in 30" and 33" widths and starts at $1,139. And if you're interested in a more dramatic look, the appropriately named Stone Sinks, on Etsy, makes a 30" marble sink with stone from Vermont, whose dramatic veining will definitely merit a second look. It retails for $1,299 (plus about $250 shipping).
No matter which option you go with, a marble sink is a significant investment, but if you don't mind spending a little extra money on your kitchen, it's one that will add beauty and classic style to your space for a long, long time.