Neptune kitchen designer shares the common mistake when choosing a kitchen sink and how to avoid it

There’s a fine line between combining practicality and style- here is what you need to bear in mind during your next renovation

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When it comes to designing a new kitchen, the sink may not initially be your number one priority. However, this humble appliance is perhaps the most used feature of all kitchens. 

Therefore, while it is, understandably, important to ensure your sink looks stylish, when exploring modern kitchen ideas for your home, it is equally essential to prioritize practicality, as Annie Tullett, Home Designer at the bespoke kitchen manufacturers, Neptune, explains:

‘The kitchen sink is one of the most practical aspects of your kitchen, and a common mistake when choosing the right one is thinking purely of aesthetics.’

Neptune kitchen expert sink tip, kitchen sink with plants and gray wallpaper

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

Annie continued, emphasizing that while we may initially fall for a sink that will showcase our fashionable new kitchen in all its glory, it is better to find a fully functional sink that will help your home run as seamlessly as possible. 

‘It’s really important to consider how you’re going to be using the sink, whether it’s for a spot of washing up, filling pans, or even bathing your dog,’ Annie shared. 

‘You should bear in mind the size, type, and materials you’d like your sink to have, and although the open, stylish Belfast sink may be a dream to look at, it may not be the best for your daily needs,’ she added. 

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Annie’s tips come amid a time when the importance of merging style and sophistication with practicality is more fundamental than ever. As we work, teach, cook, and virtually socialize from our kitchens, it is important that the efficiency of the sink is mirrored in the kitchen design as a whole.

However, as luxury kitchen designer, Tom Howley, shares, it is still possible to create a fully functional kitchen without compromising on the overall aesthetic. As Tom shares, exclusive style is primarily achieved through unique touches that stem from the homeowner’s individuality- meaning you don't need to put quite as much pressure on the style of your kitchen sink. 

Neptune kitchen expert sink tip, kitchen sink with pink paint and blue cabinets

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

‘This year, interior trends are all about injecting personality, warmth, and character. Spending most days indoors means we’ve had time to assess what we truly want from our spaces, the areas we love, and projects we want to undertake to improve our day-to-day lives,' Tom shared.

'Creating corners of calm with comfy seating or styling open shelving can go a long way in achieving a joyous space,' he concluded. 

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Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.