Eye-popping kitchen sinks for those who dare
(NC)—It is the sink today that is taking its rightful place as the most popular feature in a 21st century kitchen. Indeed, installing one that dazzles the on-looker is a pleasure of the kind that keeps on giving.
So, how do you choose the right dazzler for you?
“We guide homeowners and renovators by asking a lot of questions about their taste, beauty preferences, family size, kitchen size and home décor,” says Diana Elliott at Blanco Canada, an industry leader in kitchen art technology. “Your choice may also be influenced by a favourite colour or material, by craftsmanship, or by a design you've already seen – and you may also be influenced by practical considerations like budget, installation challenges, and the amount of surface space available. We always advise homeowners to take their time in choosing the very best quality they can afford since it is usually quite costly to upgrade later after countertops are cut and installed.”
If you're looking for excitement though, she says, don't miss all the fuss right now over 'silgranit', a superstar material for sinks that was showcased this year at the 2013 Interior Design Show in Toronto.
“Silgranit is a patented material that combines 80 per cent natural granite stone with a premium acrylic resin formula to deliver unprecedented strength and durability,” Elliott explained. “Silgranit sinks are non-porous for exceptional hygiene and easy care – and it is scratch-proof, chip proof, stain proof, and highly resistant to the heat of saucepans straight from the stove.
“As exciting,” she continued, “our company is known for the rich colour available in our sinks and the silgranit models lead the pack in a range of six, non-fading, densely-textured colour choices, plus a new one, we call Cinder. This one is a beautiful dark charcoal with a hint of brown. All of our colours are imbued with a subtle mineral pearlescence – and wait until you see how Cinder's natural stone texture complements so many other colours in your kitchen. It's complex but velvety warm; dramatic but also serene.”
The two trendiest Cinder-coloured sinks this year, according to Elliott, are the Precis Cascade, a lavish single-bowl undermount, and the module-designed, Blanco Modex, an equally elegant cubic-bowl topmount designed with accessories to significantly increase the surface workspace. A large filigree cutting board in an ash wood composite can be moved across the entire sink if needed, or positioned efficiently to suspend the stainless steel colander over the bowl at the same time.
“The Modex is an attention-getter,” Elliott continued, “and what separates the Precis Cascade model from all other sinks is its revolutionary bi-level bottom. The lower level is ideal for large pots and pans and the raised level can function much like a second bowl, perfect for cutlery or glassware, or for washing fruit and vegetables. ”
As well as Cinder, both of these models are fashioned in other colours as well. More information is available online at www.blancocanada.com.
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