This Formal, Somewhat Fussy Kitchen Design Trend Is Back in Style, and I’m So Surprised I Love It

published Mar 4, 2021
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I’m probably in the minority here, but the grandmillennial style trend isn’t really for me. I’d much rather some rustic wood, simple neutrals, and a bit of brass. Hey, we all like what we like, and that’s what makes the world go ‘round, right?

But I was surprised to find myself loving the very old school, very formal skirted sink look making its way through the design world right now. If you haven’t spotted it, this decorating move basically consists of replacing the base cabinet doors typically underneath your sink with some kind of skirt-like curtains, often suspended on a decorative rod.

At first glance, it may seem like this is a trend better-suited to the kitchens of “Bridgerton.” Thanks to eye-catching prints and sophisticated finishes throughout the rest of the kitchen space though, skirted kitchen sinks have a surprising way of feeling as fresh and modern as Netflix. They’re a super charming method of adding a bit of pattern and softness to your space, which is often lacking in a utilitarian room like the kitchen, bath, or even a laundry area (as shown above). Plus, a skirted sink makes for super easy and accessible storage. I’ve even started seeing some people using them in powder rooms again to create storage out of the space around a pedestal sink.

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The key to keeping the look modern? Tailoring. Make sure you have your skirting just kiss the floor instead of pooling at the base of your sink. This prevents the sink area from looking too stuffy or sumptuous. Picking the right fabric can go a long way, too. Consider skipping florals if you’re already rocking a pretty formal kitchen, but if you space is more minimal, a hit of graphic pattern here won’t hurt.

Need a bit more inspiration? I’ve rounded up a few fabric options that would make for an amazing sink skirt. You may have to make your own, as this trend is pretty new. That being said, if you can attach some velcro to a piece of material, you can basically make a sink skirt (I love this easy DIY from One Kings Lane).

Plus, considering you need so little fabric, it’s totally possible your curtain could come in well under $100, even with outsourcing sewing. Depending on the measurement from your sink/countertops to the floor, you also might even be able to find a cafe curtain that can be tweaked into a sink skirt! It’s winter; you need a project to stay busy with anyway — you’ve got this!

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Chelsea Fabric

This abstract print boasts saturated shades that would look awesome against navy or green cabinetry. If your kitchen has more of traditional color scheme, then the driftwood colorway is of this material is probably better than this bold emerald hue.

Buy: Chelsea Fabric, $28.95 a yard at Perigold

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Batik Matelasse Fabric

If boho vibes are more your speed, try incorporating a batik-inspired fabric into your kitchen’s decor. A light burnt orange shade is just left of neutral and will pretty much go with any fixtures or finishes already in your space. 

Buy: Batik Matelasse Fabric, $32.00 a yard at Minted

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Clementine Sprigs Fabric

Embrace your inner grandmillenial with a charming citrus print fabric that’s pretty much made to be in a cute, cozy kitchen. This jaunty oranges and cherry blossoms are further softened by the sweet sage green background and forest-colored leaves.

Buy: Clementine Sprigs Fabric, $18.50 a yard at Spoonflower

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Pure Linen Stripe Fabric

Ticking stripes are a classic no matter what your preferred style. This lightweight linen style would go especially well in a modern farmhouse style space.  

Buy: Pure Linen Stripe Fabric, $17.00 a yard at Etsy

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: This Formal, Sometimes Fussy Kitchen Style Is Back, and I’m So Surprised I Love It