Recent figures revealed that Brits spent £110.3bn on home renovations over lockdown. More than 2.5 million people – around 13% of the nation – hired a tradesperson for a kitchen replacement or renovation during the pandemic.
With restrictions easing – although delayed – and the vaccine rollout, it’s likely there will be a second spike in home improvements over the summer. In fact, the ONS reported that household goods stores – including hardware and furniture stores – reported the largest growth in sales in May 2021, rising by 9%.
Keep it clean
Worktop space remains a hot kitchen commodity. This is why the purpose of the sink has expanded in recent design iterations – people want this essential component to play several roles to keep surfaces clear, while also remaining aesthetically pleasing.
Says Jeanette Ward, Communications Manager at Franke: “Sink design is being influenced by the trend to have an ever more clutter-free and streamlined kitchen design aesthetic, whether in large open plan kitchens or small kitchens where worktop space can be at a premium.”
While focus on functionality rises, trends still drive demand. Consumers are opting for designs that will remain stylish for years to come. The desire for uncluttered kitchens lends itself to the pared-back industrial look, and Blanco UK is catering to this undying trend with its new concrete-style sink range.
Eight sinks from the brand’s Etagon, Vintera and Metra ranges have been made available in Blanco’s 80% granite Silgranit material in a new concrete colour. The Axia II XL 6 S sink in black – also in the engineered stone-like Silgranit material – is another stylish piece that fits a dark-toned industrial kitchen style.
And as well as being scratch-, heat- impact-, light- and acid-resistant, the repellent surface of Silgranit sinks features the patented Hygienic+Plus protection formula.
Franke – Box Center Sink
Schock by Rangemaster
Blanco UK – Axia II XL 6 S sink in black
Tough as granite
Rangemaster has partnered with SCHOCK to deliver a new sink collection in anticipation of further growth for granite composite sinks, as models with enhanced features and strong design make their way onto the market.
The SCHOCK by Rangemaster collection comprises two granite sink ranges, Cristadur and Cristalite, with 14 designs and colours, and multiple bowl configurations and sizes. The heat- and impact-resistant sinks are made with the patented, antibacterial ProHygienic 21 material.
AGA Rangemaster Sales Director James Cunningham notes that consumers are becoming more aware of granite composite’s benefits. He adds: “Such high levels of quality and durability have already seen these sinks cement themselves as the products of choice in modern homes – a trend which looks set to continue in kitchen design this year.”
Sleek and timeless
Despite growing interest in granite composite sinks, stainless steel remains a classic. Says Reginox Sales and Marketing Director, Dave Mayer: “Reginox has had an impressive start to the year and is seeing strong demand for its stunning stainless-steel sinks.”
The brand’s New Jersey and New York designs both feature a matt inox finish. The latter also boasts an incorporated flush waste outlet moulded directly into the sink, meaning no join, making this an appealing option for consumers searching for the most hygienic options.
Reginox is also ensuring its sinks hold greater functional appeal, with its Kansas sink boasting a 250mm bowl depth, making it ideal for washing up larger items, while the New York and New Jersey both feature an integral strainer and comfort waste as standard.
Reginox – New Jersey Sink
Reginox – New York Sink
Reginox – Kansas Sink