Move Over Stainless Steel And Porcelain – Stone And Copper Sinks Are Back And Taking The Kitchen & Bath World By Storm

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Recent trends in kitchen and bath design have seen the timeless “old world” look rise in popularity. Fitting right into this décor are natural products such as wood, stone and copper. Until now, sink choices were limited the “sterile” look of stainless steel and porcelain – the standard in plumbing showrooms for years. However this trend is changing everything and retailers are taking notice.

The hallmark of "Old World" kitchen design is a comfortable, broken-in look using natural materials from the earth. The characteristic of copper, stone and wood fit right into this design trend. This is a popular look for growing families, who desire to add a "patina of age" quickly to their kitchen. Slick, modern synthetic materials such as stainless steel are out; natural materials are in.

What does copper have that stainless steel doesn’t? One reason is its “living finish” that can be purchased in many different patinas. The darker patinas are a perfect compliment to oil rubbed bronze hardware and the natural stones such as granite that are becoming standard in today’s designs.

Until lately, stone used in the kitchen & bath was mainly for countertops and flooring. But lately this has changed. Companies such as Stone Sinks Online have put together a vast collection of stone sinks and bathtubs for homeowner's to choose from. The growing demand and rising sales have also brought the costs down to within most homeowner's reach.

“We have been selling artisan crafted sinks & bath furniture for many years and have recently seen a huge interest in handmade sinks” says Jack Healy, a 20 year plumbing industry veteran and owner of Sinks Gallery. “The industry has been changing and homeowners are taking a more active role in selecting their plumbing fixtures. They want fixtures that are unique and won’t be found in their neighbor’s home next door. There is definitely a movement away from factory produced products and towards natural, artisan crafted products”.

A common concern about using copper or stone sinks in the kitchen, bath or bar has been the uncertainty of how to care for and maintain these sinks. The reality is that both of these materials simply require soap & water cleanup. For added protection, products such as Renaissance Bronze wax provide a barrier against acidic foods or oxidation. Stone sinks are no different than stone countertops and flooring – products that have been in use for years. Both stone and copper are long lasting, durable, easy to keep clean and will outlast most other fixtures and appliances in the kitchen, bath and bar.

To meet this growing demand for copper and stone sinks, Copper Sinks Online, the largest supplier of hand hammered copper sinks has expanded and now offers thousands of stone bathroom, kitchen and bar sinks through their new website – StoneSinksOnline.com. This new website is aimed at providing designers and homeowner’s access to unique hand carved stone sinks at wholesale pricing.

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