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20 Flawless Kitchen Sinks And Faucets

06/24/2015 05:06 EDT | Updated 06/24/2015 05:59 EDT
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The original kitchen was a mess: inaccessible and unuseable countertop areas, no dining area, very little prep space, dark and without nearly enough storage. The new kitchen triples the usable countertop area, doubles storage, brightens the room up substantially and makes it seem far larger - without moving any walls. We needed a modern cook's kitchen without having it clash with the rest of the house, and I think we succeeded. The green hanging glass light fixture comes from Bruck Lighting; the beautiful green glass mosaic tile from Hakatai up in Ashland, Oregon; the enormous, apron-front stainless sink - big enough to bathe a small child in - from Lavello Sinks. The cabinet hardware is from House of Antique Hardware (the cabinet pulls are actually winow sash lifts, mounted sideways), and the faucet is from Delta. The cabinets are an inexpensive model from KraftMaid and the stone is from a local fabricator and installer. The floors are a solid-plank bamboo, and the color matches the original oak hardwood in the rest of the house. The green motif matches Jineui's large collection of Jadeite plates, cups and bowls, some of which might be visible in certain photos.

Looking to shake things up in the kitchen but aren't ready for a full renovation?

You don't have to wait for your faucet to leak before you spring for an upgrade. While sinks might not seem like the sexiest item in the kitchen, swapping outdated fixtures for sparkly new ones can not only add style to your counter, it's practical too.

Newer models of faucets have been specially designed with conservation in mind, so you'll be saving dollars (and the planet) after spending just a few. According to Moen, a leading faucet maker in Canada, their eco-friendly hardware uses 32 per cent less water than the traditional fixtures.

But if you are thinking of doing a full kitchen reno, you might want to consider upgrading your sink too. Not just a home for your dirty dishes, the sink is one of the focal points of the kitchen, so why not get a sleek new sink to match your chic new faucets?

In the slideshow below, we list 20 of our favourite sinks and faucets that will leave your kitchen looking fabulous. Are you a fan of the one-handed faucet? Or do you wish you had two handles to control the heat? Let us know in the comments below.

20 Kitchen Sinks And Faucets We've Fallen In Love With