The Top Kitchen Sink Trends of 2022 (Yup, Cottagecore Is Here to Stay)

published Feb 18, 2022
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As much a design piece as a household necessity, it’s always nice when the sinks in your home look great in your space and serve as a practical, well-functioning centerpiece that sees traffic from every member of your household multiple times a day.

And while you can customize your kitchen sink just about any way you choose, it’s hard to deny there are certain trends that feel here to stay. Lizzie Beesley, the head of design at U.K.-based retail and design firm Magnet, shared her thoughts on the biggest kitchen sink trends that she predicts will stick around throughout 2022, and yes, cottagecore still reigns supreme.

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“Belfast, Butler, and farmhouse style sinks are here to stay in 2022 as ceramic sinks are set to be one of the most popular kitchen trends again this year,” says Beesley. “Their iconic deep basin design can help transform any kitchen into a more classic and traditional space. The rise in demand strongly follows the uptake of the ‘cottagecore’ rural aesthetic. However, not only are ceramic sinks aesthetically pleasing, they are also great for busy family households as they are durable, easy to clean and resistant to scratches and staining.”

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Beesley also thinks workstation or multi-use sinks are here to stay, particularly as the ongoing pandemic means people are continuing to spend more time at home. “Despite the sink already being one of the most useful features in the kitchen, a workstation sink advances this,” notes Beesley. “The innovative design efficiently uses space to allow users to prepare and cut food directly over the sink, also helping to avoid the spread of germs around the rest of the kitchen. They can also come in many designs making them fit in effortlessly to any aesthetic.”

Undermount sinks also remain popular, with Beesley sharing that they’re “a popular choice for customers as they are installed under the level of the worktop creating a seamless design. These types of sinks save space, and create a clean and sleek look which is great for minimalist-style kitchens.”

Making great use of limited space are kitchen island sinks and corner sinks, with Beesley noting that an island sink, in particular, is useful for entertaining and for keeping an eye on little ones while washing up at the same time.

As far as finishes go, people are still loving sleek, modern black kitchen sinks, which make an unexpected style statement in any home. “Glossy or matte, this alternative color can help make your sink a sophisticated focal point,” says Beesley. “They are particularly a great choice for modern kitchens, as well as industrial-inspired spaces.” Equally trendy are copper and brass sinks, which Beesley says “step away from tradition but offer timeless style to both classic and modern spaces.”

All in all, Beesley suggests choosing a design, color scheme, and finishes that work best for you and your individual needs — as well as your style preferences, of course. “Whether you’re looking to achieve a timeless traditional style, a more modern look or a bold style statement, remember to always consider the design, color, material, and position of your sink to ensure it suits your space as a whole — and works seamlessly with your lifestyle.”

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: The Top Kitchen Sink Trends of 2022 Prove Cottagecore Is Here To Stay