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Sometimes I write a post on a topic, and after that point I stop collecting pictures; other times I simply like the topic and continue to collect pictures when I run across them. Such is the case with sinks on walls. In Atlanta homes, it does not seem to be the most common thing to have a sink on a wall. It is much more common to have a sink under a window or on an island. However, I have a sink on one wall in the new house – it will be the clean up sink, and the main sink is on the island. It seemed to work best for our long kitchen space.
The design of the clean up sink was quite a challenge – what kind of faucet should be placed there, what kind of cabinets (if any), what kind of sink. It took many iterations to come up with the design, but it all seems to have worked out with the exception of the faucet that we ordered.
When a sink is on the wall, the clearance between the backsplash and the faucet handle becomes a critical design element, so that the handle can have a full range of motion if it is designed to work that way. When the faucet that we ordered arrived, a Perrin & Rowe single lever design, it became apparent that the handle did not have the clearance to go back all the way (we haves since learned it needs 2.5”). My kitchen designer and I mulled it over this for a few days. We like this traditional design of the faucet we ordered, as it is easy to operate for a sink that will be used primarily for dish clean up (a similar bridge faucet is on the main island). We considered a few other complementary options. But, in the end, we decided to keep this model and turn the faucet so that the handle faces the front. The gooseneck spout can be rotated fully, so it will be easy to keep out of the way when turning the faucet on, and it actually works similarly to how the faucet in my current house works. It is all a matter of getting used to it, and it will be nice for my left handed family members not to have a faucet geared towards the right handed world!
Given that my mind was on sinks on walls, here are some new images I have found over the past year for my kitchen inspiration files.
After solving our own faucet on the wall issue, I saw this picture – this is one of the alternative models we were considering, but ultimately decided to keep the one handle function. Note how the area over the sink is recessed so that there is no issue with someone using the sink and bumping their head against cabinetry. Source unknown.
Another interesting sink on wall design – note how the fabric ties onto a large brass bar. There is a sink there, but it is not visible from this angle – it appears to be integrated with the countertop. Also note the use of open shelves above the sink, a design concept that was suggested several times for my ‘sink on the wall’. For me, I know that that open shelving would not work, so we did not go this route. Source unknown.
Via Haute Design/ (source - http://www.sarahklassen.com/2010/07/sweet-welcome.html)
Interesting how this sink area is tucked behind the stairs! Again, shelving above the sink makes the area more open. The function of the levers on a bridge faucet work well when a sink is on a wall, as they move forward, not backward. Source unknown.
A European style kitchen, seen on Belgian Pearls, has a wall mounted faucet. We talked about this at one point, and we have a wall mounted faucet in the laundry room, but in the kitchen we wanted the one handle design for ease of use.
Another great wall mounted design – I love how the faucet mounted on a piece of marble that is sized to match the framed items on the wall. Art in a kitchen is so appealing to me – but I am not sure it would work near a sink in a house with kids! Source unknown.
Another great sink on a wall design, architecture by Ruard Veltman via House Beautiful. I would love to see what is going on in the sinks – is it one big trough or is it separate sink bowls? The large artwork is striking, and the sprayer handles almost translate like sconces, the way they frame the art.
Art seems to be a favored choice with a sink on a wall – I love the design and scale of the art on the wall, it transforms the kitchen and makes it a much more unique space. Source unknown, via Cote de Texas.
I should have studied the faucet designs of my inspiration pictures (or measured more closely) before selecting my faucet – it appears that the double handle, single hole design is very common in a faucet placed on a wall.
Another single hole, double handle faucet on a wall. This kitchen is interesting to me – I would love to see the whole thing. I don’t think I have seen too many ovens placed next to sinks – it seems more common to have a pot filler if you need a water source near the oven.
The thing that strikes me about this image is that the sink could have easily been placed under the window, but the decision was made to place it on the wall. Perhaps this was done because it would have crowded the sink against the corner, or because the work flow works better in this kitchen to have the dishwasher to the left of the faucet. Via Martha Stewart.
One of my all time favorite sink on a wall design – it’s clean and simple, unobtrusive, and the combination of the perfectly hung framed series with the asymmetrical design of the wall with the cabinet on the left, and the sconce on the right, has great visual appeal. Architecture by Bates Corkern.
We are still waiting on the backsplash for the area where the sink is on the wall – it is going to be solid slab to match the kitchen counters. I am enjoying the process of seeing everything coming together in this kitchen that I have been thinking about for almost 2 years!
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