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Choosing fixtures and fittings for a modern kitchen

Fixtures and fittings such as sinks, taps and handles can be a real design feature in your modern kitchen.

Sinks, taps and handles are some of the hardest-working items in the kitchen. Learn how to make them a key design feature in your modern kitchen too, with our useful tips.

Start with the sink

1. Work with the space you have
Space is a key consideration when it comes to choosing your kitchen sink. If you have room, opt for a 1.5 bowl, to allow for food preparation and dishwashing. A variety of styles are available – round, square or rectangular – with or without integral drainage. You can choose from either undermounted (installed underneath the work surface) or inset (installed from above into a pre-prepared hole), depending on the look you would like to achieve. Your builder will be able to work with you on this decision if you are unsure.

2. Choose your preferred look
There are many types of modern kitchen to choose from, and your choice of sink can really help set the tone. Popular stainless steel creates an industrial look, and composite models allow you to integrate the sink into your worktop for a seamless finish. Chunky Belfast sinks such as this Lamona model add a hint of utility chic, and are particularly useful for soaking pots and pans – but there are other ceramic options if you want a hit of crisp white cleanliness on a smaller scale.

Make taps a focal point

1. Let the shape do the talking
When chosen carefully, kitchen taps can be a sculptural focal point. Contemporary styles range from curved models which can soften up modern themes, to distinctive angular designs for a state-of-the-art look. And for the ultimate in flexibility, add a hose spray tap, which extends over the whole sink.

2. Choose your handles wisely
You will be using your kitchen handles every day, so they really are a key feature of your home. Modern handles have a linear look and work well when hung horizontally. Choose from the chunky to the barely there, in brushed steel or nickel effect, to make a striking contrast with glossy cabinets or the natural beauty of wood.