Decorative Front Farmhouse Kitchen Sinks
The first farmhouse sinks appeared in England and Ireland in the late 17th century; they were crafted to have large space without the use of running water. Today’s selection of farmhouse sinks have a much larger variety of materials and designs to select from and, of course, running water.
The Original Farmhouse Sink
The farmhouse sink that made its debut in Ireland was called the Belfast sink. It was deep and had an overflow area so excess water could drain away instead of overflowing. The London sink was the first farmhouse sink in England and was similar to the Belfast sink, except it was more shallow because of the scarcity of water at that time and had no overflow, so that every last drop of the water hauled inside and poured into the sink could be used.
Today, the same names are used to describe both sink designs, but the majority of farmhouse sink basins are deep and spacious. Also called an apron sink, later designs took the comfort of the cook and/or dishwasher in mind by providing an overhang that eliminated the danger of bumping into sharp edges of the kitchen counter. The apron front is a perfect place for a decorative front that will accentuate the overall decor of your kitchen and provide continuity in design.
The varieties of styles and materials used to create farmhouse sinks are vast. The apron front of the sink can be unadorned or offer some additional interest and texture with an embossed feature such as the Gourmetier Farmhouse single bowl sink, a fluted feature, a brushed stainless steel finish like the Gourmetier Undermount Stainless Steel Undermount Sink, or even a more intricate design.
Kingston Brass offers an array of decorative fronts in their farmhouse sink collections. Check out all the available options from Kingston Brass, or contact our Kitchen and Bath Experts at 1-877-252-7277 for help in making your choice.