Create the right kind of kitchen drama with dark sinks and tapware

Everyone loves a kitchen with a neutral palette, but after ages of light colours like white, beige and grey, it’s high time we embraced the dark side! On-trend, but classic enough to stand the test of time, dark sinks and hardware, like sinks and tapware in black, are what interior designers look to when they want to add serious drama to a kitchen.

But, how do you include a black sink or tapware into your space? Check out these FAQs to find out.

In terms of colour, black is on-trend in 2016, but since it is a neutral, the colour won’t go out of style anytime soon.

In terms of colour, black is on-trend in 2016, but since it is a neutral, the colour won’t go out of style anytime soon.

Why should I invest in a dark sink or tapware?

There are a number of solid reasons why you should consider adding a dark sink or tapware to your kitchen. In terms of colour, black is on-trend in 2016, but since it is a neutral, the colour won’t go out of style anytime soon. In terms of durability, many of the materials that black sinks and tapware are made of (more on that soon!) are able to withstand the watermarking and scratches that other materials, like stainless steel, can’t handle. They’re also outstanding at hiding unsightly food particles and stains between cleanings.

What materials do black sinks and tapware come in?

A black sink can be manufactured from a range of materials with a variety of attractive characteristics. Soapstone is beautiful because of its light grey veining and ability to be fully integrated into a countertop. Granite however, is a go-to material for many interior designers because of its high durability and longevity. In terms of synthetics, composite materials, like Tectonite, stand out. They are exceptionally resistant to shocks, heat and scratches. Free to be shaped into many forms and available in many colours – including black – composite is a great option for a dark sink.

What about tapware? All you need to do is keep this one rule in mind: go matte!

Granite however, is a go-to material for many interior designers because of its high durability and longevity. © nauconcept.com

Granite however, is a go-to material for many interior designers because of its high durability and longevity. © nauconcept.com

How do I style a black sink with black tapware?

It depends on the overall look you are trying to achieve. If you simply want to use black as an accent colour, then a dark sink and tapware in an otherwise monochromatic setting looks tremendous. For the traditional kitchen, consider a black fireclay farmhouse sink and Victorian-styled tapware surrounded by light grey marble countertops and glass fronted white cabinets. An urban kitchen with warm elements like wood and neutral wovens calls for a composite black sink with clean lines and simple gooseneck faucet. The chic and modular European kitchen can be highly dramatic already, with dark wooden floors and flat fronted black cabinetry. These will look great alongside a wide, multi-level black granite sink that is integrated into the countertop. An angular faucet completes the look.

When you can’t see the light in your kitchen design, maybe it’s time to look to the dark side?