5 Traditional Kitchen Sinks For a Classic Look

Your kitchen sink is the focal point of the room and can set the tone when it comes to the interior decor. A traditional style kitchen will benefit from a traditional kitchen sink to give this timeless look. 

If you’re currently renovating your kitchen and want to add some classic flare to your space, here are some of our best traditional kitchen sinks. 

Villeroy & Boch Architectura Ceramic 1 Bowl Reversible Sink

The Architectura collection from Villeroy & Boch offers a sleek look that would suit both traditional and modern kitchens. The timeless graphite grey colour makes this kitchen sink ideal for a variety of colour combinations. Mounted onto your worktop from above, this is a great option for various countertop materials. 

Features: 

  • Single Drainer
  • Made From 100% Natural Raw Materials
  • 1000x510mm Overall Size
  • 5 Year Guarantee 

Scott & James Sit On Sink 2 Tap Hole – Left Hand Drainer

This sit-on Scott & James kitchen sink is a great contemporary option for any kitchen. Manufactured from high-quality stainless steel coupled with a fantastic price point, this is a kitchen sink that delivers truly unrivalled value for money. 

Rather than being inserted into the worktop, sit-on sinks are installed over a 1000mm base unit. 

Features: 

  • Single Drainer
  • Two Tap Hole
  • Stainless Steel
  • 1000x600mm overall size

Franke Epos 1.5 Bowl Sink Silksteel

Franke are the kitchen sinks market leader and with a very good reason. The stunning, timeless design of this 1.5 bowl Franke Epos sink makes it the perfect addition for the traditional kitchen. 

Features:

  • 1.5 Bowls 
  • Single Right Hand Drainer
  • Silksteel
  • 1000x510mm Overall Size

Pland Sit On Sink Right Hand Drainer – Stainless Steel 

Made in Yorkshire, this sturdy stainless steel sink is used in various commercial settings including restaurants and catering. Choosing this traditional stainless steel sink for your kitchen, you can rest assured that you’re getting only the very best quality, guaranteed to last. 

Also available as a Left Hand Drainer

Features:

  • Single Drainer
  • Two Tap Hole
  • 0.9mm Stainless Steel
  • 1000x600mm Overall Size

CDA Ceramic Belfast Sink

Nothing says “traditional” quite like a ceramic Belfast-style sink. This contemporary kitchen sink design is perfect for the traditional style kitchen. Made from handmade fireclay and naturally hard wearing to withstand tough use in the kitchen, it will perfectly complement your kitchen.

Features: 

  • Traditional Weir Overflow
  • Handmade Fireclay Construction
  • White

How to Choose the Perfect Traditional Kitchen Sink? 

When it comes to buying a kitchen sink, there are certainly many factors you need to consider. Shape, size, available counter space, material… selecting a sink to perfectly fit your style truly takes some research. 

To save you some effort we have compiled  some of the most important things you need to think about before you decide on the most suitable traditional kitchen sink. 

What Types of Kitchen Sinks can You Get? 

Depending on the way they are mounted into your work top, there are three main types of kitchen sinks – inset, under-mounted and Belfast style. Here are the key features of each one: 

Inset

Sometimes referred to as overmount or top-mount sinks, inset sinks are installed in your worktop from above. They are held into place via a lip frame around the edge of the sink, making them straight-forward to fit. Most often this type of sink comes in a square or rectangular shape featuring a draining board. 

Easy to clean and reseal if needed, inset sinks are a more affordable option compatible with almost any type of work surface. 

Undermount

Undermount sinks are fitted from underneath the worktop. These sinks are versatile and seamless, helping you utilise the most work space possible. This makes them particularly suitable for smaller kitchens. 

On the downside, they often require more space underneath the counter top to support their weight. Depending on the material, undermount sinks can sometimes be heavy, which means they’re mostly suited for solid worktops. 

Belfast Style

Originally made and exported from Belfast, Northern Ireland, this sink type is most commonly associated with traditional style kitchens. Their installation is similar to undermount sinks, with the difference being that Belfast sinks are positioned right at the front of your worktop. This means the front sink panel is on display, creating an old-fashioned, classic look. 

Typically made of ceramic, this type of sink will suit any colour scheme and setting, making it a versatile option. If you want  a durable and stylish option, then a Belfast style sink is definitely the right option for your kitchen. 

Due to their weight, however, these sinks do need a good level of support to remain properly secured. 

What type of kitchen sink is the most popular?

The most popular type of kitchen sink is the inset or top-mount kitchen sink. Due to their ease of installation, practicality and compatibility with a wide range of surfaces. 

Inset sinks are available in different materials including stainless steel, ceramic, fragranite, composite and more. This makes them suitable for pretty much any surface and any kitchen. 

What are the Different Kitchen Sink Sizes? 

Traditionally, kitchen sinks come in three sizes – 1 Bowl, 1.5 Bowls or 2 Bowls. This allows flexibility when it comes to finding the right fit for your kitchen. 

A bigger, contemporary kitchen for example, will benefit from two bowls, whereas in a small, traditional kitchen one bowl will be big enough. 

1 Bowl 

This is the most standard sized kitchen sink. Ideal for washing up the dishes without taking up too much of your countertop space. One-bowl-sized sinks are suitable for smaller kitchens. 

1.5 Bowls

For those of you who require some extra space, a 1.5 bowl sink is a happy medium. This size sinks feature one large bowl with a smaller bowl on the side. You can use the smaller bowl for various tasks such as pouring away drinks when the main bowl is full or leaving smaller pans to soak. 

2 Bowls 

A two bowl sink, like the name suggests, has two large bowls providing an efficient solution. This is perfect for those of you catering for larger groups or those who simply love to multitask in the kitchen. You can use one bowl to soak the dirty utensils, while the other can be used to wash fruit and vegetables – the ideal choice for bigger kitchens.

Choosing Taps and Accessories to Suit a Classic Kitchen Sink

Every traditional kitchen sink needs to have matching traditional kitchen sink taps to complete the look. The choice of taps will need to compliment your sink, but also provide functionality.  

Stainless steel is by far the most popular choice when it comes to kitchen taps, however, it’s by far not the only option. You can go for brass colour, if you want an old-fashioned, cottage look to match a traditional Belfast sink for example. 

Shop More Traditional Kitchen Sinks

Ready to revamp your kitchen with a traditional kitchen sink? Shop our full range of sinks today to find the perfect one for you. 

If you need some help visualising your new kitchen, you can also pop into our Bradford Showroom. There you can get inspiration for your renovation project, or speak with our design team to create a visual plan for your dream kitchen. 

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