Big and beautiful in ceramic or updated in slate or concrete, the farmhouse sink is an enduring classic.

Farmhouse sinks are definitely not just for the farmhouse anymore. In fact, a quick glance at the beautiful line-up of colours, materials and shapes on offer – from warm copper to urban steel – reveals today’s Belfast, Butler and farmhouse sinks (take your pick) can work wonders in every style of kitchen, from traditional to rustic, industrial to super-modern.

Of course, you can’t go wrong with the classic deep, white ceramic number – it’s a style that will never date – but also check out these slate, steel and even concrete versions for a striking update.

Stick with neutrals

An enduring favourite with interior designers, the pure white, deep ceramic sink is good looking, robust and timeless. This double bowl design sits happily amid black, white and raw wood surfaces, the neutral colour scheme tying the modern, midcentury and rustic elements together harmoniously.

Double up

A large double-bowl sink with a central dividing wall is perfect for multipurpose use – do the washing-up on one side and drain the dishes on the other, for example. This simple, pared-back look demonstrates that such a traditional fixture can work just as a well in a modern scheme, even with a traditional brass tap.

Think about practicalities

A deep bowl sink made from robust, handcrafted fireclay is a useful addition to a laundry room, offering a large area for hand-washing clothes or scrubbing dirty boots. Use a non-abrasive cleaner to remove everyday stains and pair with a solid-wood worktop for an authentic look.

Try out a trough

Who would have thought the humble kitchen sink would make such a design statement? This huge trough has been carved from soapstone, a soft, natural stone with beautiful veining. Soapstone is non-porous but can stain, so either be vigilant or allow a natural patina to develop over time. Matching soapstone worktops complete the look.

Echo a rustic backdrop

A simple, ceramic Belfast sink is the perfect partner for wooden units and bare brick walls. The blend of materials and natural colours is spot-on for the modern rustic look.

Trade up to luxurious copper

The rich patina of a copper sink offers a charming and characterful alternative to ceramic. The good news is that copper is naturally antibacterial and won’t rust or corrode. But copper sinks do stain with acidic liquids, such as lemon juice, and need to be dried regularly to prevent water spots developing.

Add a flash of steel

The traditional farmhouse sink is given a modern-day makeover in sleek, high-tech stainless steel. This versatile material is resistant to heat and staining, while the smooth, non-porous surface is practical and hygienic – a brilliant workhorse in a busy kitchen.

Bring in an industrial vibe

Concrete sinks are raw, industrial and edgy. Even though the basic ingredients are cheap, the expertise in design and installation will bump up the overall price. All concrete sinks should be sealed and waxed to make them waterproof and help reduce staining.

Revamp with slate

Slate sinks are individually fabricated to fit your design needs and style, and come in a vast range of shades and hues. Natural stone sinks are virtually maintenance free and can be specified with matching worktops and splashbacks.

Team with a beautiful worktop

This imposing ceramic farmhouse sink is brought to life with a beautiful granite worktop and swan-neck tap with porcelain levers. Having the worktop profiled to follow the line of the sink creates a smart finish.

Which style is your favourite? What kind would you like to incorporate in your kitchen? Tell us in the comments.

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