Kitchen Water Station Expands

While kitchens may not be growing in size, the kitchen water station continues to expand, as designers seek to create highly functional spaces that maximize food prep and clean up. Touch technology is hot right now, tying into the theme of greater functionality and ease of use, while clean lines and simple styling remain key aesthetic trends – with the addition of textural elements or varying shapes to add interest.

Below are some of the hottest trends in kitchen sinks and faucets right now.

 --In the kitchen, there’s a growing trend toward expanding concept of the sink/faucet beyond its traditional boundaries by incorporating usable workspace for draining and prepping, integrated cutting boards cut to fit the sink, instant hot/cold and more for a fully outfitted water station.

--In faucets, touch technology is the hottest new trend, with improved technology allowing users to control on/off and water flow with a touch or a wave of the hand.

--In sinks, stainless steel remains king, but natural stone looks with long-term durability and easy-care surfaces are also gaining in popularity.

--While clean lines and simple styling remains the trend, there’s a growing desire for eye-catching shapes or detailing that adds interest. To that end, texture and “textural tones” are in greater evidence as a way to warm up the sink area, with materials like hammered copper or brushed nickel being used to make a statement

--While chrome and stainless steel faucet finishes remain a popular choice due to their ability to coordinate with popular sink styles/finishes, warm finishes, particularly brushed bronze, polished nickel and Venetian bronze, are also being used more often, particularly in more contemporary styles.

--With the move toward smaller kitchens, there’s growing interest in single-handle, single-hold mount kitchen faucets.

--The size and layout of sinks is also seeing some shift, with the primary sink anywhere from 28" to 36" wide and a secondary prep sink, often in a different material. This allows the consumer and designer to be more creative in the kitchen, since at least one of the two sinks is often handmade or artistic.