Old World Kitchen Sinks and Faucets Shopping Guide and Products Overview

The only thing better than Old World style kitchen design is an Old World kitchen that comes with my Babka grandmother in it making pierogi. Or sauerkraut. Both are good.
 
Since you’ll be the one in the kitchen doing the cooking, barring a time machine and warp pad, it’s important to think about kitchen design and its functionality. One reason Old World kitchens have come back into style is that my Babka knew what she was doing and didn’t mess around with her sinks and fixtures. And you don’t have to build your own house or run the farm to borrow her wisdom in kitchen planning. My Babka’s a sweetie like that.
 
Start in the kitchen- at the sink
Old-fashioned kitchen sinks are trendy now.  Copper, tile, and cast iron are all back in action. Or, more probably, they never left- these are some of the most durable sinks you can buy. They also have distinct style.
 
Belle Foret Large Round Copper Kitchen Sink in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Belle Foret Large Round Copper Kitchen Sink in Oil Rubbed Bronze

 

 The Belle Foret Large Round Copper Kitchen Sink in Oil Rubbed Bronze has rich European colors and artistic texture. I think of copper kitchen sinks as sculpture art. Sculpture art which has been treated so it doesn’t oxidize into a mossy green.   

Belle Foret K2KIT Double Bowl Kitchen Sink Weathered Copper

Belle Foret K2KIT Double Bowl Kitchen Sink Weathered Copper

 

The weathered copper used for the Belle Foret Double Bowl Kitchen Sink in Weathered Copper adds an antique look. This sink looks like it has been around for decades, and it will be.

  

Bates and Bates CS300 WB 15 Round Bar Sink w Clips Wild Bronze

Bates and Bates CS300 WB 15 Round Bar Sink w Clips Wild Bronze

 

For an extremely antique look, it’s the Bates and Bates Round Bar Sink with Clips in Wild Bronze. The color name conjures up images of wild stallions, and this sink is ready for rough riding. It isn’t big enough for holiday loads of dishes, but the distinctive deep shape will get that much attention.   

Kohler Savanyo design on Alcott tile in kitchen sink

Kohler Savanyo design on Alcott tile in kitchen sink

 

A different unique and elegant look can be achieved with decorative tile, like this Kohler Savanyo design on Alcott tile in kitchen sink. The interior is a strong, solid piece, and the exterior is dressed up pretty.   

Kohler Deerfield cast iron self rimming kitchen sink in biscuit

Kohler Deerfield cast iron self rimming kitchen sink in biscuit

 

Cast iron sinks are another good option. Easy to clean, almost impossible to stain, hard to crack. If you want it to look white like a good old-fashioned sink, you can porcelainize it. Just like my mama has. It’s a hard, durable enamel, though I did find out the hard way that it can chip. This model, a Kohler Deerfield cast iron self rimming kitchen sink in biscuit, is just as no-nonsense and homey as it sounds.   

Who knew old kitchen sinks would be trendy again? (Is mama’s gold shag next?)  

Then come the faucets    

If you want to use your sink, you’ll be grateful for kitchen faucets. If you want kitchen design that works even when you aren’t, you’ll be grateful for how these antique kitchen fixtures look. Again, there’s a (home on the) range of finishes to choose from.  A few of the most common are bronze, a dark vintage pewter color, white porcelain or ceramic-accented, and copper or antique copper. Remember that the finish you choose will affect the appearance of your kitchen faucet, the way the faucet feels in your hand, and maybe even how often you need to clean it. Do you want something sleek and shining or something with a little more grip and fingerprint forgiveness?
For reasons I can’t explain, polished brass seems to be dropping steadily in popularity. Here are the trendy options with staying power.

  

Kohler Antique widespread lavatory faucet in Vibrant Brushed Bronze

Kohler Antique widespread lavatory faucet in Vibrant Brushed Bronze

 

Stately bronze with porcelain accents on the handles evokes the old world in this Kohler Antique widespread lavatory faucet in Vibrant Brushed Bronze style.    

Kingston Brass English Vintage 8 Widespread lavatory Faucet

Kingston Brass English Vintage 8 Widespread lavatory Faucet

 

 There’s a much smoother shape to this Kingston Brass English Vintage 8 Widespread lavatory Faucet which may not be as traditional, but the dark finish and separate side handles keep it old-fashioned. Hybrid, anyone?   

Kohler ceramic faucet

Kohler ceramic faucet

 

 I haven’t seen anything like this unique Kohler ceramic faucet anywhere outside a museum, but I like the idea.    

Danze D457014AC Opulence Pull Out Kitchen Faucet Antique Copper

Danze D457014AC Opulence Pull Out Kitchen Faucet Antique Copper

 

 If you picked the copper sinks above, pair them with copper faucets like this Danze Opulence Pull Out Kitchen Faucet in Antique Copper.     

Danze Opulence Single Handle Bar Faucet in Antique Copper

Danze Opulence Single Handle Bar Faucet in Antique Copper

 

 For a taller spout to fit that big stew pot, or beer stein under, try the Danze Opulence Single Handle Bar Faucet in Antique Copper. That’s the joy of bar faucets - you can even dip your head under for a drink or to wash your hair when the shower is busy.   

Fusion BEL KVP ATC Mid size Kitchen Faucet Antique Copper

Fusion BEL KVP ATC Mid size Kitchen Faucet Antique Copper

 

 Along with a beautiful finish often comes intricate detailing. This Fusion Mid size Kitchen Faucet in Antique Copper has all that. Now you just need it.   

Kingston Brass KS8105DL Concord Wall mount Pot Filler Oil Rubbed Bronze

Kingston Brass KS8105DL Concord Wall mount Pot Filler Oil Rubbed Bronze

 

 This Kingston Brass Concord Wall mount Pot Filler in Oil Rubbed Bronze might not look familiar, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a traditional look. Or feature. In fact, pot fillers are a bit of an endangered breed. With smaller families, smaller houses, smaller kitchens, no serving maids, and smaller (maybe) portions, there isn’t always demand for pot fillers. But if you have the need, plan one into your Old World kitchen and it will look quaint.   

Fusion BOR KIT ATC Kitchen Faucet with Diverter Antique Copper

Fusion BOR KIT ATC Kitchen Faucet with Diverter Antique Copper

 

  Last and least likely for me to pass up, the Fusion Kitchen Faucet with Diverter in Antique Copper   puts some European cathedrals to shame when it comes to architecture. Check out those details on the handle and joins!

You won’t go wrong with any of these Old World looks. Customized finishes like these outsell chrome by a lot. A lot of good-looking kitchens, that is. 

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