Don’t underestimate the style impact of your kitchen sink. It’s worth going beyond the basics for this kitchen workhorse. There are hundreds of design elements that can make your kitchen beautiful, but the sink can really set the stage. Consider one of these sink styles for your kitchen renovation — at least one should fit your space and budget.

Repurposed. If you’re on a tight budget, you don’t need to skimp on your sink’s style. Reusing a salvaged sink can add tons of character to your new kitchen.

Browse local thrift stores, salvage shops, Craigslist or the newspaper to find a hidden gem. While most nicks and scratches just enhance the sink’s character, they can often be easily repaired by a professional if you like.

Custom. Is your kitchen full of windows and lacking in wall space? Get creative and work with a designer to custom design a sink. The designer placed this floating sink directly in front of floor-to-ceiling windows.

Do your research and find a professional, artist or manufacturer who can build your sink within your budget. If you take the time to do your research, custom pieces can sometimes be more cost effective than store-bought ones.

Professional. Are you a professional chef? Or maybe you just like to cook like one. Either way, you may want a professional-grade sink to stand up to your heavy-duty cooking.

A heavy-gauge stainless steel freestanding sink like this one can take a beating and provide tons of washing space in the superdeep basin, making cleanup a cinch.

Fully integrated. There is no molding, caulking or sink edge to work with and clean around when you have a sink connected directly to the countertop. A fully integrated sink is made of same material as the countertop, connected with virtually invisible seams.

These made-to-order sinks mean you can choose the exact size and sink depth. However, this can get expensive with certain materials. If you’re set on this style but want to cut costs, look into fully integrated solid-surface sink options.

Apron. You don’t have to have a traditional-style kitchen to install an apron sink. These sinks have a decorative exposed front, called an apron. Contemporary colored cabinets contrast the old-world style of the apron farmhouse-style sink here.

If you’ve decided that your new kitchen design calls for an apron sink, make sure to tell your kitchen designer right away. The dedicated base cabinet for this sink has to be custom made.

Hand painted. Add some of your own personal flair to your kitchen by selecting a stunning hand-painted sink.

These one-of-a-kind sinks do have a hefty price tag, but depending on the manufacturer, you may be able to custom design yours in the color and style you like best.

Stone. A sturdy stone kitchen sink is classic. This particular sink is made of the same stone as the countertops, but if you’re looking for something bolder, choose a contrasting material.

Tile. Not everyone considers tile for the surface of their new sink — but these homeowners did. This metal mosaic-tile sink is fabulous!

Many spectacular tiled sinks can can be purchased as tile over stainless steel for extra durability, but they tend to be expensive. If you have your heart set on this look, contact a local tile worker who specializes in mosaics. His or her bid might end up surprising you.

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