Choosing a Kitchen Sink and Faucet

With so many decisions to be made as part of our kitchen remodel, choosing a kitchen sink and faucet seem like small ones in the grand scheme.  But really, they’re not.  Think about how often you use your kitchen sink and faucet.  The daily wear and tear, and the workhorse that they are as part of the function of your kitchen.  Choosing a kitchen sink and faucet is a bigger decision than it gets credit.  It’s really a unit – sink, faucet, drying rack, etc…  It all works and functions together. Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by BLANCO America.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Choosing a Kitchen Sink

I know for us, we had always had double bowl kitchen sinks, so the decision to try a single bowl was one that stressed me out a bit, even though I wasn’t a fan of our old double bowl sink.  (It was smaller on the side where you washed dishes, and that was a hassle – I couldn’t fit some of my pans/trays).  But with a single bowl, where would I put dishes that I washed and wanted to let air dry?  Would it look cluttered, especially with our sink being in the island?  The last thing I wanted was a cluttered island, with the kitchen being open to the family room.

Enter BLANCO SILGRANIT Diamond Super Single undermount sink.  Honestly, after having this beauty installed, I can’t believe I ever worried about a single bowl kitchen sink.  I can easily put pots, pans and full cookie sheets in this sink without a second thought.  And the worry about drying dishes causing clutter?  Not with the floating dish rack – I can fit an amazing amount of dishes in this little drying rack, and it doesn’t create any sort of counter clutter.

There have been conversations in some of my kitchen remodeling groups about having a white kitchen sink.  People worry about stains, scratching, etc…  So far it’s been nothing that Bar Keeper’s Friend can’t handle.  Plus, with the grid in the bottom of the sink, it allows me to soak pots and trays, without them having to sit flat on the bottom of the sink, which is a bonus.

Choosing a Kitchen Faucet

And then there’s the question about the faucet – what kind of look and feel do you want this space to make?  Single faucet? Bridge faucet? Soap dispenser? What about the finish? Does it have to match my hardware? The list goes on and on.  We opted for the BLANCO Empressa Bridge faucet in Polished Chrome.  Does it match our cabinet hardware? No. Does it have to?  No.  Do I love it?  Yes.

The Polished Chrome faucet blends in well with our honed quartzite countertops, and the fact that it’s polished, plays off the cabinet hardware.  Even though the cabinet hardware is brass, it has some polished elements in the pulls that tied the two together.  Some people worry about polished chrome showing all sorts of fingerprints, but honestly, I have not seen this to be an issue.  It’s very sleek and beautiful, and fits perfectly with my transitional design aesthetic.

Are you in the midst of a kitchen remodel and don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing a kitchen sink and faucet? The BLANCO UNIT is a great place to start.  With a great selection of colors and styles, all sorts of shapes and sizes you are sure to find something that will meet your needs and appeal to your own taste and design aesthetic.  



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    May 11, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Hello Jenny,

    When i saw your sink i ordered the exact sink. But then i like to wash and dry my pots and pans and leave it sitting in my currently double sink so i canceled the order and changed it to Blanco Performa Cascade. I really like the single sink so i will cancel this Performa Cascade. Where did you get the floating dish rack?

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    Tammy A
    May 11, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Hello! This blog post is so timely for me because I want to switch to a single bowl sink. My question is: do they come with a disposal?

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      May 21, 2022 at 6:36 pm

      We added a disposal with an “air switch” to turn it on and off. It’s right by the faucet.

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    May 11, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Beautiful design work, and kiddos for not being concerned about matching hardware!

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    November 16, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Your kitchen is beautiful! Now, after several months of family use any regrets? Do you like the grid always being in the bottom of the sink? Do you wish you selected a different material, stainless steel?

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      November 20, 2022 at 11:25 am

      No regrets at all. I actually like the grid – it keeps pots/pans from sitting on the bottom of the sink which makes cleaning easier.

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    January 15, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    Hi! Can you tell me the name of your countertops?? I LOVE them!!! I really would like to put these in my kitchen!

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      January 16, 2023 at 11:35 am

      They’re honed Bianco Supiriore quartzite. I love them!

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    Lorna Reggio
    February 7, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Love your kitchen and this is the exact sink we have selected. Would you please let me know the detail on your cabinet pulls and knobs?

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      March 12, 2023 at 3:31 pm

      Our pulls and knobs are from Signature Hardware. Cabinet Knobs: Signature Hardware Osian 7/8″ knobs in satin brass
      Cabinet Pulls: Signature Hardware Strasbourg pulls in satin/polished brass, 8″ and 3 3/4″ sizes

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    May 11, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    Your kitchen is beautiful! We are renovating our 3rd home in under 5 years. We placed this exact sink in our 2nd renovation, and because we liked it so much, it’s going in the 3rd. I will now look at adding those racks, as they seem to be helpful. I have an unrelated question… What floors did you use? Absolutely beautiful! Thank you.

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    June 6, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Thank you for sharing your crazy Easter weekend experience! It sounds like you had quite an adventure with your detox and the clogged sinks. It’s always interesting how things can go awry when we’re trying to make healthy choices. On the bright side, your outdoor furniture looks amazing! Kudos to your husband for putting in the hard work to assemble it. Enjoy your newly decorated space and have a wonderful Spring Break with your family!

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    January 16, 2024 at 8:29 am

    What paint color did you use for the cabinets? I want to duplicate your kitchen!

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      January 22, 2024 at 11:13 am

      The cabinets are Pashmina (Benjamin Moore) and the island is Inkwell (Sherwin Williams).

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