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SEP 2018

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anytime soon. So long as the eclectic, farm- house style trends continue in the kitchen, then people will be looking to apron-front sinks to play a key role in achieving those looks," he says. "ere's so much mixing of styles now, and apron-front sinks seem to be working great with most of them. Typical style descriptors, like traditional, contempo- rary and transitional, are becoming less and less relevant. For the most part, those terms are not how homeowners think of their aspi- rational kitchens. When helping homeowners choose a sink, we usually start with durability, color and style preference, then educate them on which material will meet their needs." When it comes to color, Silverstein notes a "stronger than expected" interest in the com- pany's bolder Quartz undermount colors, such as Maraschino Red and Jubilee Blue. Ruvati's Gonzales echoes the growing in- terest in making the sink a statement in the kitchen, with customers seeking unique colors and materials. He notes the Ruvati Fiamma fireclay sinks are popular, as are apron-front or sharp, rectangular bowls. Because of the trend toward kitchen islands, the company are smaller on bottom but have a bigger top opening. When you have a larger top opening, it appears the sink is bigger, but if it's smaller on the bottom you can't fit as many things inside. It's misleading." A small detail that is poised for growth, according to Mark Hird, senior product manager for Elkay, is the company's Perfect Drain, which eliminates the gap around the drain for a cleaner sink. "Elkay is renowned for Perfect Drain, which has the potential to be a game changer for the industry with its proprietary design and compatibility with InSinkErator disposers,"Hird adds. "It's one of those features that still needs to be pointed out to the consumer because they aren't nec- essarily looking for it; but, after hearing about it, they understand why Perfect Drain is the logical choice." Perfect Drain can be found in select models of Elkay's stainless steel, Quartz Classic and Quartz Luxe sinks. A trend observed by Elkay's Silverstein is the kitchen sink as a statement piece. "While many homeowners want their sink to blend in, the idea of the kitchen sink as a statement is growing, and we don't see that changing farmhouse style sinks, undermount sinks and super single style sinks. "Double sinks are not as popular in today's living kitchen since most homes own dishwashers and do not need two sides of a sink for clean and dirty dishes. With helpful accessories, a single bowl holds larger items more easily and still has the function- ality of a double sink," she adds. e company offers sinks in four mate- rials: stainless steel, SILGR ANIT, fireclay and DURINOX. Blanco's stainless steel sinks feature a satin polished finish. Available in eight colors, SILGR ANIT, a granite com- posite material, makes kitchen sinks scratch-, stain- and heat-resistant. e company's fire- clay sinks are also stain- and chip-resistant, and come in white or biscuit color options. DURINOX is Blanco's latest material intro- duction to the Precision Sink Collection, and appears in the R0 DURINOX Apron Super Single Bowl. "It's the small details that matter most in the long run, such as sound-proofing, satin polished finishes, etc.," Emens says. "Another little detail on our sinks is that the top and bottom are near the same sizeā€”some sinks RUVATI sees a trend toward kitchen sinks with more color and character, as demonstrated by its Fiamma Fireclay sink (below) for a farm-inspired aesthetic. The company also answers the kitchen island trend with its RVL2311WH Fiamma fireclay sink (left) for the corner of an island. Circle 8 on inquiry card 66 September 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Kitchen Sinks

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