When And How To Add A Copper Farmhouse Sink To A Kitchen

Copper sinks are interesting and unusual and not often seen in kitchens or bathrooms. The biggest fear is usually that the sink will turn green over time. However, as it turns out, this is just a misconception. Although it’s true that contact with trace minerals left by water can cause copper to turn green, regular maintenance doesn’t let that happen.

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Copper has a natural way of protecting itself from the minerals by getting a patina. In addition, this material is resistant to corrosion and will never rust which makes it particularly attractive.

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Cleaning a copper farmhouse sink, for example, is easy. You just have to rinse it after each use and occasionally use some dish soap.{found on billfryconstruction}.

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With time, the sink will start to get a patina or a living finish. If you want to prevent this from happening, you have to wipe the sink dry after each use and apply normal wax at least once every 15 to 20 days.

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Avoid using harsh cleansers and rough scrubbing sponges and brushes. Other things such as lemons, pineapples or mustard can damage the finish as well although it repairs itself naturally in a few days.{found on aspenkitchensinc}.

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Copper farmhouse sinks stand out and yet integrating them into a kitchen is not that difficult. For example, a vintage décor provides the perfect setting for such an interesting and eye-catching feature.

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Combine a copper sink with other copper elements such as pendant lights to obtain a cohesive look. This works out great if the kitchen is infused with industrial details or has a rustic overall décor.{found on embracemyspace}.

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Compared to a stainless steel sink, one made of copper is a lot warmer and doesn’t give out a cold look that can cause the space to feel uninviting. Similarly, farmhouse sinks have that vintage or rustic appeal that influences the design is pretty much the same way.{found on springisland}.

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A great place for a copper farmhouse sink is a ranch-style home or a type of cabin retreat. Here, in a setting dominated with warm wood and textured finishes, the sink is just one of the elements that increase the charm of the space.

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The dark granite backsplash and matching counter are elements that allow the farmhouse sink to integrate well into the design. In addition, this is an outdoor kitchen which allows all these colors and finishes to look natural and organic.

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Accessorize the sink with a copper faucet for an elegant, matching look. They can both stand out if they contrast with the counter and backsplash but you can also make them blend in through color and finish.{found on kitcheninteriorsllc}.

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The way in which materials combine in a kitchen is important when trying to create a certain mood or follow a certain style. The copper sink combines well with the wooden cabinets as well as with the countertop.{found on artesanocoppersinks}.

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There are numerous types of farmhouse copper sinks to choose from and some feature an ornate design. This particular type can look beautiful in a traditional kitchen where it can coordinate with other elements.

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The vine design on this sink is really pretty and charming but it makes the sink a bit more pretentious, meaning that it won’t combine well with a lot of styles and decors and it has to fit into the right combination in order to look good.{found on signaturehardware}.

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Now that you have some ideas about how a copper farmhouse sink would look in a kitchen, it’s time to also discuss a few general aspects such as the pros and cons. Like in any case, there are both advantages and disadvantages to purchasing and using such a sink. For example:

PROS

  • copper sinks are naturally beautiful and they stand out thanks to the patina they attain and the enriched hue of the copper;
  • copper has natural antimicrobial properties and this makes it a wonderful choice in the kitchen. Copper sinks are particularly great for those who wash dishes in the sink on a daily basis or who work with vegetables and other things the sink may come in contact with;
  • copper doesn’t corrode or rust over time or with usage. This is a big pro in the case of the kitchen sink. The sink will attain a beautiful patina and will stay beautiful, without losing its character and charm;
  • farmhouse sinks are pretty big and deep and this can be a big pro for big families or for those who have lots of dishes and utensils.
  • there are lots of styles to choose from and a lot of different copper tones as well. You can choose from smooth, hammered out finishes and plenty of others.

CONS

  • as beautiful as copper sinks can be, they can stain easily and this doesn’t make them attractive at all. The copper gets damaged by acidic liquids such as lemon or orange juice and even by tomatoes. Also, hot utensils and abrasive cleaners can also damage a copper sink;
  • some copper sinks can easily warp or dent. This applies to the ones that are thin and the condition accentuates because of the material;
  • maintenance is a time-consuming process. After each use, you need to dry the sink with a towel in order to keep its finish intact. Also, the sink needs to be waxed regularly for the same reason;
  • another con is the price. Copper sinks are more expensive than the stainless steel ones as well as other types.
  • even though having a big sink can be a pro in some cases, farmhouse sinks take up more space than other types and this can often be a disadvantage, especially in the case of small homes;
  • farmhouse sinks are also difficult to install and require hiring a professional;
  • just before a copper sink attains a uniform and even patina, there’s a short period of time when it has an uneven finish and this can be visually disturbing.