Some householders may be dissuaded from fitting metal in their kitchen for financial reasons; while cost-effective in the long term, it can't hope to compete with the cheap fix of plastic laminate. The less narcissistic may also have no desire to see themselves reflected on every surface when sneaking through to raid the fridge in the middle of the night.
The kitchen sink is normally a metaphor to signify nothing being left out. In a domestic kitchen, this truly proves to be the case: it's possible to have everything formed out of stainless steel - including the kitchen sink. If you've gone to the trouble of making your kitchen a gleaming palace of cool metal, it seems churlish not to slot in a stainless steel sink to finish the whole thing off. In certain domestic settings however, it's not uncommon for a partner to be nagged into settling for a faux granite finish that matches the cheap curtains. There really is no accounting for taste.
Stainless steel sink - the most customizable option...
Of course, there is another, more obvious reason why many homeowners choose to fit a stainless steel sink: because of its customisability. Such an adaptable material; it can be cut and manipulated into almost any shape. You want a kitchen sink large enough to gut an entire tuna fish? With steel, you got it. Similarly, if you want your basin to undulate or to accommodate a triple inset, it's possible to get a bespoke kitchen sink made to your requirements. Try getting yourself a custom-made marble sink and you'll need to take out a mortgage to pay for it and a crane to fit it.
Steel is de rigueur within the world of kitchen design these days; not only has it sauntered in and made itself at home, but it's helped itself to all the leftover trifle. Design shows and concept homes that grace the media are bursting with stainless steel splashbacks, sinks and worktops for as far as the eye can see. Of course, you don't need to be planning a futuristic eco-home in order to reap the benefits bestowed by steel; even if you're simply replacing the bog-standard sink that came with your kitchen, steel is a worthy upgrade. Nothing says 'Look at me, I'm shiny and new!' like a spanking new steel sink. Its message doesn't diminish either; when treated to the occasional wipe down with the trusted touch of a soapy cloth, it comes up lustrous and full of the joys of life once again. While some will agonise over every aspect of their kitchen, from the sugar spoons to the steel corner sink, others are less fussy; they just want it to be durable and easy to clean. Thankfully, steel doesn't disappoint. It may be a jack of all trades, but it's a master of most.
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