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Inspiring Kitchen Designs!

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Flipping through all those glossy kitchen magazines is so much fun. Even if what you see on those pages falls way beyond your budget, there are probably tweaks you can make to get the design elements you love at a much lower cost.

Check out these kitchens!

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Kitchen islands remain as popular as ever. They are work spaces, allow for seating, and easy entertaining.

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Closed cabinets are no longer the only way to store our stuff. More of us are opting for open shelving in the kitchen.

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Even range hoods have become the focus of designers. There are so many design options to choose from!

Call us to find out which range hood would be best in your kitchen.

The Hottest Kitchen Renovation Trends

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Inspiration springs eternal, especially when it comes to our kitchens. Far from being the room where we cook our meals, the kitchen is the space where we can express our creative ideas.

Check out these hot kitchen trends

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As more of us choose to live in condos and smaller homes, our kitchens are shrinking, too. The problem is that most of us still spend a whole lot of time there, and we entertain there, too. In response, designers are leaning toward monochromatic color schemes and sleek cabinet design. It’s all in the interest of making the space look much larger than it actually is.

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Kitchen islands now come equipped with a stovetop, dishwasher, work space, sink, and eating area. Talk about multitasking!

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Forget about wood cabinets set against white walls. More people are opting for vibrant color.

What kitchen design trend would you love to see in your kitchen?

Monthly Picks – Kitchen Design Pitfalls

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It’s not a cliché to say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Even if your range hood fan is quiet most of the time, the kitchen is still the place where all of us cook and eat. I’ve noticed that kitchens often suffer from poor design regardless if they’re built into an older home or newer construction. I’m not sure if it’s the challenge of making the kitchen both functional and beautiful that causes designers and home builders problems. Whatever the issue is, and if you find yourself re-designing your kitchen, make sure you avoid these pitfalls.

  • Breaking the triangle. Most kitchen fixtures are built according to the triangle … even if the kitchen is a galley or L-shape. The triangle allows you to move efficiently from the sink to the fridge to the stove. If there’s too much space separating those three essentials, food preparation will take longer and feel more tiring. If there isn’t enough space separating them, having more than one person prepping food will feel crowded.
  • Wasting space. Even large kitchens can be guilty of wasting storage space. Install oversize cabinets that reach to the ceiling or extend counter space and built shelves or drawers underneath.
  • Skimping on lighting. Spend the money on an electrician and have him or her install as much lighting as possible. Place a pretty chandelier over the eating area. Place focused lighting along any workspaces.
  • Skipping a range hood. Ventilation is key, and opening the windows really isn’t enough. You need a quality range hood to exhaust all the odor, grease, and steam to the outside. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time scrubbing down the walls and ceiling.

Upgrading Your Kitchen Faucet

When it comes to making changes to your kitchen, some of the most noticeable changes come in small packages with small price tags. One way to upgrade your kitchen without breaking the bank is to change the sink faucet. Over time, faucets can become old and worn out. They lose their shine and polish, and they can have a dismal and diminished impact on the whole kitchen. One way to feel like you are getting a whole new space is to replace the faucet and let the new shine radiate throughout your kitchen.

Know Your Limitations
To start, it’s important to know the limitations of your faucet based on the style of your sink. Does your sink have only a single port through which the hot and cold water are controlled? Or does your sink have three or even four ports for the faucet, handles, and spray stream? If you have a sink with four openings for handles and a spray stream, chances are you won’t find the aesthetic of a single ported faucet very appealing after you’re left with three gaping holes in your sink. If you can, consider replacing both your sink and faucet so that you won’t be confined to the faucet system that your current sink requires. Otherwise, take note of the type of sink you have so that you know your limitations when it comes to choosing a new faucet.

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Consider Style and Color Tones
While a new, more contemporary style faucet looks very appealing in its display, this doesn’t mean that it is necessarily the best option for your home. While a bronze faucet may seem like a great idea online or at the store, will it clash with your kitchen’s existing color patterns?  If you have outdated or old-style kitchen design, will a contemporary faucet look awkward or out of place? These are just some of the things to consider when choosing a new faucet.

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Think About Cost
Finally, it’s important to have a budget in mind when you go to pick out a new faucet for your kitchen. While faucets can be an affordable way to update your kitchen, there are certainly some faucets that challenge this assumption. Do you want a simple, yet elegant faucet that will improve the overall appearance of your kitchen while keeping your wallet smiling? Or, do you want faucet that will be almost as pricy to replace (if not more) as the refrigerator or range hood? It’s all up to you, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind so that you can eliminate certain options as you go along.
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Can you think of anything else that is important to consider when investing in a new faucet for your kitchen sink? Do you have any processes or methods for shopping and finding the right styles and products for your kitchen? Leave your questions and feedback in the comments below and let us know what you think!

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

A kitchen backsplash is almost a must these days. It adds color and personality to the contemporary kitchen and gives it a more edgy and upfront design. The color, material and location of your kitchen backsplash are all variables that depend on your specific kitchen layout and design. Do you want to make a bold statement with your backsplash? Or do you want something a little more conventional that makes your range hood seem to pop out from the wall and accentuate the stove and oven area? There are many different ways to do a kitchen backsplash and today we want to discuss some of those options, as well as what options may be right for you depending on your kitchen’s design and layout.

Backsplash Location
The backsplash location can really be anywhere you choose, but typically the backsplash lies against the wall above the counter and stove and goes up to beneath the range hood and higher cabinets. Sometimes, however, the backsplash can surround the kitchen or range from one end to the other and cross above the sink and other kitchen appliances.  Where your backsplash is located, and how far you want it to go is really up to you and depends on the structure of your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen or a kitchen with a big island center that includes a range hood, you may not have as much opportunity for a backsplash as other kitchens.

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Backsplash Colors
The backsplash colors are also up to your discretion, but they may be limited based on the type of material you choose for your backsplash (which we will discuss in the next section). Many people choose to go with a backsplash that will complement and accentuate there standing design and color themes, but others choose to use their backsplash as a way to make a bold statement. The choice is up to you, but we encourage you to think about the kind of tone you’re trying to set with your kitchen and what kind of statement you’d like to the design to make about you and your home.

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Backsplash Materials
Kitchen backsplash materials come in all shapes and sizes. Just a few of the very common materials used include glass, metal, wood, natural stone, mirrors, and brick; however, the most popular option for a kitchen backsplash, by far, remains tile. Tile has been a longstanding trend when it comes to the kitchen backsplash, and it continues to rule this realm of the kitchen. Think about what you would like to see in your kitchen day after day and what is going to stand the test of time. Styles change frequently, but some of the best designs stay popular. Also, think about the kind of work you’ll be doing in your kitchen and consider the materials that will be most suitable for this work. If you do a lot of cooking and use the counters, marble and mirror materials might become a cleaning and maintenance nightmare after time. On the other hand, wood may not stand the test of time and other materials have their faults, as well. Aside from testing the suitability of different materials, you may want to take samples and test them against your current design to get a real picture for ideal suitability.

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These are just a few of the most important things to consider when thinking about adding a backsplash to your kitchen design. Are you a fan of the kitchen backsplash? Do you have a backsplash in your kitchen or have you considered installing one before? What kind of things do you think need to be considered when choosing a backsplash design? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you.

Kitchen Faucet Trends

Faucets are a wonder of home décor and home project renovation. Unlike many other appliances that are big, bulky, expensive, and probably require outside help to pick out, transfer, and install, faucets are simple and can be found for a much better cost than the rest of the appliances and hardware necessary in a full functioning kitchen. What’s more, the right kind of sink and faucet combination can give your kitchen an upgraded, luxurious feel, even when you don’t have the time or budget to upgrade anything else. So, if you’re looking to switch out that old, rusted looking thing you once called a faucet for something shiny and new, check out these trending faucet designs below.

The Expendable Faucet/Hose Model
Part of modern and contemporary home design is all about getting rid of the fluff and bustle that used to constitute luxury, and replace these things with minimalistic simplicity. This modern faucet design is a result of the trend, and its straightforward structure doubles as a spray hose for removing those truly stubborn food particles.

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The Hands-Free Model
If you’re looking for something slightly more sophisticated and luxurious, something that will really speak wonders about your kitchen and leaves you feeling like a pampered princess after using it, this faucet is just the one for you. With the same high and rounded design of the previous model, this design might be the perfect fit. The design includes a handless shape with a touchpad sensor that will turn the water off and on at your simple touch.

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The Quadro Two-Handle Model
Another trending model is the quadro two handle sink. This sink faucet comes in a variety of designs and color schemes, but one aspect that we thought was unique are the handles of the faucet, which look similar to the handle of a garden hose, or maybe even a fire engine’s faucet handle. The design is unique and creative and it could be a great idea for a rustic kitchen design or other specifically staged kitchen.

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The kitchen faucet designs only get more sophisticated and luxurious from here, and we encourage you to take a look around and find what works for your kitchen. Do you already have an awesome kitchen faucet? Take a photo and upload it so that we admire it!

Tips for Choosing a Stainless Steel Sink

The stainless steel sink is a classic choice in the average kitchen for good reason. The sleek, clean structure of stainless steel makes it compatible with almost any design, and it’s easy to clean, maintain and polish. So, if you already know that you want to go with a stainless steel sink, but you’re not sure what sink will fit your kitchen space best, here are a few things to consider before taking the plunge with a new stainless steel kitchen sink.

Undermount vs. Overmount
One of the first things you’ll need to consider in choosing your stainless steel kitchen sink is whether you prefer to have the sink to be overmounted or undermounted. Undermount sinks can be very attractive in design and certainly include some advantages against overmount sinks, such as the ability to wipe countertop debris straight into the sink or the recovery of additional counter space.

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Unfortunately, however, undermount sinks tend to be more expensive than their overmount counterparts. These sinks require weight-bearing countertops and have a greater propensity for mold build-up. As such, overmount sinks have a higher adoption rate for the average kitchen space. Fortunately, however, overmount sinks don’t mean you have to sacrifice that modern, minimalistic design. Dependent upon the gauge of the sink, many overmount sinks can have a thin bridge that takes up minimal counter room and gives your kitchen a refined, sophisticated look.

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Size and Depth
Another important factor to consider in choosing the specific sink for your kitchen is the size and depth of the sink. Also, do you prefer one or two bowls? Some sinks can include an additional cutting board or drying station, others can be divided into a garbage disposal and regular draining system between the two bowls. Single bowl sinks are becoming increasingly popular for their simple, minimalist design.

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However, some contemporary kitchens rock the double sink look, and show us that the double sink in modern life certainly have a place.

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 In addition to single or double bowls, you will also want to consider the size and depth of your sink. To an extent, the size and depth of your sink will depend on the size of your kitchen and the amount of counter space you have available. If you’re doing a kitchen remodel, now might be the time to consider your kitchen needs and put in the extra work to have a larger sink if that’s what works best in your kitchen. Large sinks can be advantageous, but they may also take away from counter space, so the real choice comes in determining which is more needed in your specific kitchen.

Choose the Right Gauge
Finally, gauge the metal to fit your needs. The higher the gauge, the more thin and malleable the metal will be. Typically, anything around 16-gauge or lower is a solid piece of metal that should hold up against the normal wear and tear over the years. The gauge level will also determine how other materials resound off of the metal, such as metal pots and pans or stainless steel silverware.

Warranty and Repairs
Finally, it’s important to go with a brand you trust, or at least a brand that stands behind their products. When looking into the right stainless steel sink, consider lifetime manufacturer’s warranty and the cost of repairs or replacement if the need were ever to arise. It is always better to be prepared for the worst and go with a brand that stands behinds its products than to be surprised by a sudden malfunction and find out that the manufacturer is not willing to replace or repair the faulty parts.

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These are just some of the few important aspects to consider in looking for a stainless steel sink to fit your bathroom needs. Have any other suggestions for investigating stainless steel appliances? Leave your feedback in the comments below and let us know how you make decisions in your home improvement endeavors.

Over-the-Sink Window Treatment

An age-old fashion, over-the-sink windows can make your kitchen seem bigger, while adding some style and class to your existing kitchen design.  You may even enjoy the view while washing dishes at the sink, or simply respect the fact that you can utilize the sun’s natural rays during the day instead of cranking up the electric bill from the need for light throughout the day.

If you do have a window over your kitchen sink, or you plan to install one during your upcoming home renovation, here are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of the view and add to your overall kitchen design by dressing up your over-the-sink windows.

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The first major decision you’ll face in choosing the appropriate window dressing for your kitchen is to decide whether you need a window covering. Is your kitchen window right in the path of the sun as it rises and sets each day, or does it overlook the street or a somewhat public area where people walking by may be able to look in through the window? If so, you may need some sort of window covering in order to maintain your privacy or to avoid blinding rays in the mornings and evenings.

Window coverings come in a variety of different choices such as blinds, curtains, and shades, and the decision ultimately rests on personal opinion, kitchen aesthetic, and optimal functionality. If the sun is really a problem at times, or you simply feel more secure with blinds, they are definitely an option.

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On the other hand, curtains can also be a great choice, and often give your kitchen a more sophisticated and refined appearance. A curtain wrack can be easy to install if you have cabinets or appliances that enclose your kitchen sink, and they can be switched out or thrown in the washing machine for quick and easy cleaning.

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Finally, if you don’t feel that privacy or brightness is an issue, and you simply want to add a bit of decorative frill to your kitchen, consider a window valance that sits atop the window and contributes to the design and color scheme of your kitchen. Valances are a great way to hide any other unsightly window hardware left from blinds or curtains.

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Color
Obvious as it may seem, it’s important to choose window dressings that are consistent with the existing color scheme in your kitchen. Ideally, take a color that is less dominant amongst your overall kitchen design, and match your window dressing with a color that you’d really like to stand out in your kitchen. The orange window dressing in the picture below really stands out against the predominantly white kitchen and creates an attractive focal point above the sink.

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Pattern
Finally, pattern can be an important component to choosing an over-the-sink window treatment for your kitchen. For some kitchens, the pattern or design of your kitchen may not be entirely relevant, however kitchen with marble, linear tiles, or other specific patterns. For example, anything other than a solid pattern may be too much of a contrast against the already busy pattern of the tiled floor.

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Window dressings can be a great way to spice up your kitchen and make the window space over your sink a little more vibrant and lively. Do you have any unique experiences with window dressings? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, we’d love to get your thoughts and feedback!

Kitchen Lighting Ideas

If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, one of the last things you probably want to think about is the kitchen lighting. With the fridge, range hood, appliances, counters, flooring, etc. to consider, the lighting probably seems like a miniscule aspect of your remodeling process. However, proper lighting in your kitchen can save you a lot of pain and hassle later down the road. If you have a kitchen with windows, you may want to optimize the room’s ability for natural lighting and save on your electricity bill in the future. Conversely, you may want to install colored lighting or dimmers so that you’ll be able to create a certain ambiance within your kitchen whenever the occasion arises. Fortunately, the choices for lighting in kitchens are extensive.

The first thing to consider in trying to decide what type of lighting you want in your renovated kitchen space is to determine the style and setting of your kitchen, and what type of lighting would be most effective for that specific design. Do you want to make a statement with your kitchen lighting, or do you prefer to have your lights working anonymously in the background so that you almost forget their presence? Lighting can serve a variety of purposes, and it’s all about choosing the perfect option for your specific kitchen needs.

If you’re hoping to make a bold statement with your kitchen lighting, consider lights that hang relatively low, just above eye level, so that they catch attention and are nearly impossible to miss. For contemporary kitchen designs, a popular trend has been to group hanging bulbs together, as depicted in the picture below. This lighting fixture is attractive because it is unique and innovative.  For a kitchen built for ambiance, you might want to consider light dimmers as an addition to your hanging bulbs. These will allow you to set the tone for the room and become an interesting addition to your décor when not in use.

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If you like the idea of hanging bulbs as the perfect lighting solution for your kitchen space, consider a fixture with similar characteristics. This dining table light is made to represent bubbles floating down from the ceiling, and certainly makes for an interesting conversation piece when having guests over for dinner. Furthermore, the mirror at the top of the fixture helps reflect the light throughout the room, which can be a bonus in kitchens where lighting is poor. The reflection of the bubbles in the glass almost makes the them seem like they are falling through the ceiling, which is definitely a unique experience.

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If you’re going for a more antique and sophisticated kitchen design, you may want to consider an old-style chandelier. Chandeliers can even be customized to fit into your contemporary kitchen design, and often provide a level of elegance and class. This brown chandelier completes this modern kitchen design, and blends in perfectly with the wood floors and dark wooded cabinets.

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For a more vintage look, check out something like this small rounded chandelier. We normally think of chandeliers as a singular design, but the styles are as wide spread as just about any other lighting design. Depending on your kitchen’s unique voice, a chandelier might be the perfect addition to your kitchen renovation.

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If your kitchen already has plenty of natural lighting and you don’t feel the need to break the bank on additional high-tech lighting, you may consider an individual light or two above the areas in the kitchen that will be used the most after the sun sets, such as the table and kitchen sink.  This specific design may look best in minimalist kitchens in which the design is kept simple and clean.

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Conversely, some kitchens make big statements with their lighting. If your kitchen has a specific color pattern or is a neutral tone on which any color might seem more vibrant and lively, consider colored lighting, preferably something that can be dimmed or exchanged for natural lighting colors when the need arises.

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Whether used simply as a nightlight for midnight snacking or for setting the tone for a romantic evening in, the addition of some color toned lighting in your kitchen can make it seem much more sophisticated and luxurious.

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Finally, if you would like to be discreet with your lighting, consider installing under-cabinet lighting. This can be another great option for those who already have well-lit kitchens and don’t need a lot of additional lighting in the area. Additionally, if you’re proud of your newly installed cabinets and would like to draw more attention to their beauty, under-cabinet lighting can be a great way of turning the cabinets into a spot-lighted focal point in the kitchen without being obnoxiously obvious.

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Under cabinet lighting is normally thought of as residing under wall-mounted cabinets, however, under cabinet lighting can also be installed under the countertop cabinets as an additional lighting source. If you like the idea of blue tinted lights, consider this example of a kitchen with natural colored lighting above the countertops and blue lighting running against the bottom cabinets. If you decide to wire your lighting so that it can be managed on different switches, you’ll have the chance to use both lights in conjunction with each other, or to use one or the other as occasion permits.

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Hopefully we’ve given you some ideas for how you might arrange the lighting in your new kitchen, but don’t just take our word for it! There are tons of lighting options and you’re sure to find something special and unique for your specific kitchen design and setup, you just need to do a little research.  Lighting fixtures can be a focal point of your kitchen, having your guests complimenting the unique design every time they step into your home; but if you’d rather attention be directed somewhere else, such as your stainless steel range hood or your custom import marble countertops, there are plenty of discreet lighting options available, as well.

Do you know of any fun or unique lighting designs that we missed? Have one of these designs yourself? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to get your feedback and see what kinds of awesome lighting designs are working for people in their home improvement projects.

Contemporary Kitchen Sinks

When considering remodels and renovated kitchen space, it’s unlikely that the kitchen sink is the first piece of equipment that comes to mind. Yet, while sinks seem like such a small part of your kitchen, they can actually have a very big impact on the impression your kitchen gives off for both you and visitors to your home.

An old kitchen sink can be not only inconvenient, but it can also give your kitchen a shabby and somewhat dirty appearance. Older kitchen sinks tend to be a bit shallow in nature and can make it difficult for washing large pots and pans or other dishware.

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Kitchen sinks from the ‘60s and ‘70s often have a slightly green or yellow tent that is not only unattractive, but very unappealing.

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So, if you’re considering a kitchen makeover, take a moment to consider investing in a contemporary kitchen sink. Contemporary sinks can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing.  Many older sinks feature two sides, one that works as a garbage disposal and the other as the primary sink with your average drain at the bottom. However, contemporary designers are beginning to see the benefit to simply having an open sink with a single, dual-purpose drain that also operates as a garbage disposal. These sinks are not only very attractive, but also give you more room to work with, which makes your kitchen work just a bit lighter.

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If you’re a fan of the traditional kitchen design, spruce up your kitchen’s style by adding a corner sink, such as the one below.  While similar to a traditional two-part sink, this stainless steel corner sink adds a sophisticated edge to a somewhat simple kitchen design.

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Finally, consider the faucet that will accompany your new kitchen sink. Faucets are the key to enhancing even the most basic kitchen sinks, and come in a wide range of styles and designs.  Generally, any faucet that breaks with tradition will give your kitchen a more contemporary feel. Consider a wall-hung faucet or one with a flat-nosed spout for optimal luxury.

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Kitchen sinks may not sound fun, but that probably means you haven’t started shopping around yet.  There are plenty of options and some very brilliant designs. Start looking at the possibilities and let us know what you find.  Do you have experience installing a contemporary kitchen sink into your renovated kitchen? Leave your feedback in the comments below!