Monday, August 8, 2011

More sinks on walls

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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.
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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  1. Wow! I bet you're excited to see everything come together! 2 years is definitely a long time to plan and imagine it...

    You've chosen beautiful and very interesting images here. I really enjoyed this post!

    Have a blessed week, sweetie!


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  2. Holly

    Gorgeous Images! I especially love the ones that have art displayed on the walls above. very creative and also unexpected in the kitchen!

    So excited for you and your new home!


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  3. Love these kitchens! The right hardware and fixtures in a room can be like jewelry enhancing a great outfit. Can't wait to see how your kitchen turns out--sure to be beautiful.

  4. Sorry to read about your faucet mx up, but you are right - you will get used to whatever is in the kitchen from the beginning. I like the idea of a single lever faucet for clean up, much easier.

    What kind of sink did you do on the wall? Farmhouse is what I imagine. Would love to see pictures!

  5. How exciting to see your home come to fruition. I would imagine the first month or so you will be pinching yourself because it will be your dream come true. That first image would have been perfect for my post today on the color combo of mint and black!! Have a wonderful week, Kathysue

  6. So glad that your faucet worked out for you...great problem solving. We just love a solid marble backsplash. So beautiful.
    Angela and Renee

  7. Interesting situation - don't know that I would have thought of that issue either. I had 2 sinks against walls in my last kitchen, neither of which posed any issues - I will have to look back at my photos. I know both faucets were Lefroy Brooks with fireclay farmer sinks. Love all your photo inspiration.

  8. I love the Swedish-inspired room--so calm, simple and elegant. Can't wait to see the "all done" photos of your kitchen. Mary

  9. So many challenges and details, bet you're not sleeping all that soundly these days?! As soon as I started reading, I knew where you were going with this, good solution but is there room to clean behind it? I do love the little marble backsplash with the wall mounted faucet, so pretty and no cleaning issues!

  10. So many wonderful images here, that 2nd picture is stunning and Betty Lou Phillip's scalloped edge on the backsplash is a really nice touch. A wall mounted faucet is very interesting looking and so European....look forward to seeing what you do!

  11. What a great post. It's good to know that even designers sometimes get tripped up by the way faucets work in a space. When I redid my master bathroom we hit a similar snag. My carpenter was able to make it work. Love the images you've provided.

  12. What great inspiration for kitchens. My next one I would love to do that stainless trough! I adore all the open shelves and artwork in these pics, I especially love the next to last photo!

  13. Hi... when i bought my house, i had to get a new set of faucets, and i chose the gooseneck ones with handles that i could turn off and on with the back or side of my hand.

    If you've got kids, i'd worry about the huge sprayers!

  14. What size was your sink?

  15. These are beautiful pictures. When we tweeked some things in our kitchen, we discussed buying the faucet and controls that come out of the wall. My husband said that any repairs would require tearing up some of the backsplash/wall. Although I like the concept of having a counter without faucets, I more hated the idea of having to tear out marble and tile.

  16. A lot of Inspirational Images in a different angle of Kitchens here!Love all of them!Great Post :-)

  17. I love your posts--have referred to them often as I am renovating my kitchen! I would love to know where the light over the table in the last photo is from. I think it would be perfect over my kitchen table.

  18. The photo that has the oven by the sink is the Kitchen of Betty Lou Phillips in Dallas, Texas. I have been to this home and it is truly spectacular.Just note that this one of several sinks and ovens in this kitchen. I was told The Kitchen was modeled after the kitchen in the Disney movie Ratatouille. You can see more of her kitchen at


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