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Farmhouse Sinks Are Among The Most Popular Kitchen Remodel Ideas In America Right Now
by TJ Anderson
While we’ve been working on our new Nashville home builds and remodeling projects, I’ve been doing a lot of research and giving a lot of thought to the most important room in the house: the kitchen.
I’m looking for inspiration about tiles, about fixtures, about colors and everything else, because I want our work to be of-the-moment, but in a way that’s classic and lasts. It’s a delicate balance, but one I’m determined to achieve.
Related, a post I just stumbled on from USA Today’s Reviewed.com, “These are the most popular kitchen remodel ideas in America right now,” caught my eye. In part because it supported something I really love: farmhouse sinks.
You know ‘em, and you probably love ‘em too — says the post, “Whether it’s farm-to-table food, farm-fresh eggs, or a farmhouse sink, it seems like everyone loves the look of a farm without all the actual hard work of farming.” (To be fair, I’m trying to get into a little home farming, too.)
Farmhouse-sink love is nothing new — more than a year ago, I wrote about how farmhouse sinks were cited among design touches that can help a home sell at a higher price.
The thing I particularly like about farmhouse or apron sinks: They make a bold statement and stand as a kitchen focal point, but their simplicity and home-y quality means they’re applicable to all kinds of styles, from modern to vintage, and likely won’t ever end up on the scrapheap of out-of-favor design choices.
We’ve just started work on a new remodel in Glencoe Acres/the Woodbine area, so I’m making finish choices and marking down options enthusiastically.
Below are a few of the farmhouse sinks I’m feeling particularly inspired by. Hope they give you some inspiration too (or at least function as some home-design eye candy).
I wrote recently about how I’ve been inspired by eschewing stainless steel lately, for copper and bronze in particular. So this hand-hammered farmhouse sink from Native Trails really grabs me — the material is warm and beautiful, the texture adds extra interest, and that shape really stands out without “sticking out.” I'll admit these aren’t cheap, but something of this quality and with this much style rarely is.
If you’re renovating an older home and you’re gonna go farmhouse, it could be really fun to go full farmhouse, and opt for a classic 1920s- to ‘30s-style drainboard sink. You can sometimes find vintage ones in decent/restorable shape, but another option: a reproduction, like these from NBI. This one is the exact style I think about when I hear the term “farmhouse sink,” with that telltale rolled-rim design and build-in drainboard. This particular sink comes in a bunch of finishes, too, so you can go classic white, or even get a little extra bold with gray or black.
The most common farmhouse/apron sink being used right now: simple, smooth, white. I’m not about to complain — these are the picture of classic simplicity and I really can’t imagine a kitchen this wouldn’t fit in/immediately improve. This one’s cast iron with an enamel finish, single basin, and hard to resist.
If your home’s design is a little more modern but you still like the farmhouse/apron shape, stainless steel can bridge the gap. There are a ton of standard options, but I like this notched farmhouse sink from Hahn — that slightly augmented shape brings in a little something special, without losing the sleekness/simplicity.
Another option if you’re overall in a more modern place: concrete. It’s funny, concrete floors can feel cold, but in a farmhouse sink, the material takes on a lived-in warmth. I have to go back to Native Trails here — they make amazing products — because their Farmhouse 3018 gives you the option of a slightly mottled finish that has cool texture (ash or darker slate, pictured here), or a lighter, more sleek pearl finish. These are made of a mix of cement and jute fiber, so it’s not the two-ton hunk of rock you’d think; it's actually pretty light, and highly durable.
What’s your take: Are you pro- or anti-farmhouse sink? Do any of these particular approaches catch your eye? I’d love your feedback.
If you’re looking for a new home in Nashville to renovate, or one that already has the kitchen finishes you’re inspired by, I’d love to help you find it. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes, and we’ll get to work.
Pictured at the very top: 1257 Saddle Springs Drive in Thompsons Station.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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