From homework to home cooking, grand gatherings to intimate conversations, many of life’s little moments happen in the kitchen. It’s one of the home’s most used spaces, and at its center is the hardworking and hearty kitchen sink.
Selecting a sink that will meet your needs, hold up to daily use, and serve as a focal point of design can be challenging. In this article, we’ll help you understand the key differences between undermount and farmhouse sinks, what design styles they complement, and help you find the best solution for your home.
What is a Farmhouse Sink?
A farmhouse or apron-front sink is a deep, wide sink with a visible front-facing panel. Designed in Britain in the 17th century, farmhouse sinks were popularized when running water was a luxury. The large basin design was practical for holding large amounts of water that could be used for multiple purposes, from food prep and clean up to bathing. Today, farmhouse sinks are beloved for their rustic charm and practicality.
What is an Undermount Sink?
An undermount sink basin is installed beneath a kitchen or bathroom countertop. Unlike top-mount sinks, which are placed into a hole cut out of the countertop and have a visible lip around their edges, or a farmhouse sink with a visible front panel, undermount sinks are mounted underneath.
The edges of the countertop material, which can be granite, marble, quartz, or other materials, form the sink’s upper perimeter. Undermount sinks are known for their modern aesthetic and easy cleaning, as debris can be wiped from the countertop directly into the sink without catching on a lip.
Benefits of Farmhouse Sinks
Farmhouse sinks offer several advantages:
- Aesthetic Appeal: They add a timeless, rustic charm to any kitchen.
- Spaciousness: Their large basin can accommodate oversized pots and pans.
- Variety: Available in various materials, including our handcrafted, art-grade bronze.
Benefits of Undermount Sinks
Undermount sinks are also beneficial. They offer:
- Clean Lines: They offer a sleek, modern look that complements contemporary designs.
- Space-Saving: They provide more counter space and make cleaning easier.
- Versatility: Suitable for a variety of countertop materials.
Comparing Farmhouse and Undermount Sinks
When comparing the two, consider:
- Style: Farmhouse sinks suit rustic, traditional kitchens, while undermount sinks lean towards modern designs.
- Maintenance: Farmhouse sinks may require more upkeep due to their exposed front, whereas undermount sinks offer easier cleaning.
Design Styles with Farmhouse Sinks
Farmhouse sinks like this one blend perfectly with traditional and country-style kitchens. They are a statement piece, adding character and warmth. In contrast, installing a farmhouse sink in a modern kitchen design is a great way to create contrast in your scheme and install a large, sturdy basin for heavy-duty dishwashing. Their rustic and charming appeal can add character and functionality to various kitchen designs. Here are some other styles they suit best:
- Cottage Style: Cottage-style interiors are known for their casual, eclectic charm. A farmhouse sink can contribute to this aesthetic with its simplicity and functionality, blending seamlessly with the often vintage or upcycled elements of cottage decor.
- Rustic Style: In rustic kitchens, which often feature natural wood, stone, and a connection to the outdoors, a farmhouse sink can enhance the rugged, natural aesthetic.
- Contemporary Style: While a farmhouse sink is not a conventional choice for a contemporary space, a sleek bronze farmhouse sink can add an unexpected and refreshing twist to modern or contemporary kitchens.
Design Styles with Undermount Sinks
Undermount sinks can complement various interior decor styles. Their clean lines, as seen in our Avalon Sink, easily enhance contemporary and modern aesthetics. Here’s how they fit into some other popular styles:
- Traditional: In traditional kitchens, undermount sinks can provide a subtle, updated touch while maintaining the classic feel of the space.
- Transitional: Transitional kitchens blend traditional and modern elements, and undermount sinks are perfect for this style. They bridge the gap between the old and new with their functionality and sleek design.
- Industrial: In industrial-style kitchens, a bronze undermount sink complements concrete countertops and the raw, utilitarian feel of the decor. Bronze durability and its resistance to wear, tear, and heat align well with the practical aspects of industrial design.
- Luxury or High-End: Undermount sinks made of high-quality art-grade bronze like ours can add to the luxurious feel of high-end kitchens. Their seamless integration with the countertop contributes to an upscale, sophisticated look.
Rocky Mountain Hardware Sinks
Explore our range of custom bronze sinks, each handcrafted with impeccable artistry and art-grade materials. A few of our favorites include:
The Reservoir Apron Front Sink is a testament to our commitment to quality design and functionality. It offers the best of both undermount and farmhouse sinks with its large basin and flush mounting capability for easy counter cleanup.
The Alturas Apron Front Sink in eye-catching white bronze and a light patina offers a contemporary take on bronze hardware. The high shine finish makes the Alturas more than just a sink – it’s a functional piece of art.
The Bay Sink is a compact undermount sink perfectly suited for smaller kitchen designs. Save space without compromising on quality or design.
Find the Perfect Sink at Rocky Mountain Hardware
Choosing between a farmhouse and an undermount sink depends on your style preference, kitchen design, and practical needs. Rocky Mountain Hardware handcrafts both options in any style and size you can dream up. Explore our collection and find the perfect sink to complement your kitchen by visiting your nearest Rocky Mountain hardware dealer.