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Choosing my kitchen sink and tap with Olif

Choosing my kitchen sink and tap with Olif

For those of you that are following my never-ending renovation journey (it’s ok, it’s cool to take your time) you’ll be pleased to see a bit more progress here in the kitchen sink reveal today. You may have seen a peek of it on Instagram a few months ago as it’s been installed for quite a while now but I wanted the window area tiled and some other details finished before I revealed it in all it’s glory!

Choosing a sink for your kitchen may not seem like the most important decision that you make in your whole kitchen renovation where worktops and cupboard configuration can take up most of your planning time, but I think if you get the sink/tap combination wrong it really can jar with the feel and style of your kitchen. Maybe you feel that they aren’t that many options available other than outdated stainless steel or various ceramic sinks (I originally had my heart set on a traditional Belfast sink) or even that your budget wouldn’t allow any other more creative ideas.

Finding the right Sink & TAP supplier

As I already mentioned I always thought that my next kitchen would have a traditional Belfast sink but if you remember (in my previous blog post) although we originally thought that we were going to go for a shaker style kitchen, it became clear that we were steering towards a more modern industrial feel with slab doors. So a ceramic sink and with the Belfast proportions which have a distinct country feel didn’t feel right anymore. From the beginning I knew that I wanted accents of copper against the rich, creamy bluey-green Inchyra Blue walls so once I got the idea of a copper sink or tap, I couldn’t get it out of my head! I then saw loads of ideas Clerkenwell Design Week 2018 and as well as across Pinterest which kept inspiring me to keep on my search for the perfect copper sink and tap…

Clerkenwell Design week last year in the  deVOL  showroom giving me serious copper and brass inspiration (and look at their plant game!)

Clerkenwell Design week last year in the deVOL showroom giving me serious copper and brass inspiration (and look at their plant game!)

But where was I going to find some great options and designs with an affordable price tag? I am beyond delighted to have approached and agreed a collaboration on my kitchen with Olif, the online store for Alveus and other kitchen sinks and mixer taps. When I discovered their website, I knew that they would be the perfect company to work with to add a little bit of a splash of excitement in my new kitchen(oh I’m sorry to say that pun was totally intended)…

Choosing the right combination

Originally I wanted both a copper sink and tap (you can see this option towards the end of the blog) but after some discussions and Hannah’s excellent advice at Olif (one of the most supportive and helpful companies that I have ever had the pleasure of working with) we settled for an anthracite sink and copper tap. Their mix and match options are fantastic and it’s good to remember that mixed metals are totally fine in a kitchen as long as you have enough of each! There are different sizes of mix and match sinks and I’m really glad that we went for the larger size as the smaller one wouldn’t have been as useful and also might have seen a little lost on quite a long section of worktop. Their mix and match Delfino taps have lovely variations too and the shape of the tap is very pleasing to my eye.

I love adding greenery to kitchens as it breathes life and colour into the space and here it connects the inside space beautifully to the green of the garden just beyond the window. This brings such a great feel to the whole space.

I love adding greenery to kitchens as it breathes life and colour into the space and here it connects the inside space beautifully to the green of the garden just beyond the window. This brings such a great feel to the whole space.

As a side note, I thought that originally that I’d love to have a hot water tap but I opted against this as I realised that in my quest to create a more mindful and creative way of living that I love the ritual of putting the kettle on and making a cup of tea and didn’t want to shortcut that process (and also I did have concerns about the kids getting burnt while they are still young).

The fitting of the sink

The wonderful Mr Skirting (his self-appointed name!) otherwise known as John fitted the tap and sink himself. Using an MDF template which he created himself using the sink as a guide, he then routed the perfect sized hole out of the Minerva worktop. Your kitchen fitter will be able to help you out here depending on your worktop surface.

We intentionally didn’t add drainage lines into the Minerva worktop to create a drainage board because to be honest we have a dishwasher and only have a handful of things to wash up like some glasses so when I need to, I pop a tee-towel on the worktop and let them dry. I personally liked the look of having just the long flush length of Minerva but if you feel you needed one you can also get drainage boards or Olif have some nifty ideas too.

Note: I didn’t buy my kitchen from one supplier which I would always lean towards if you want a truly bespoke kitchen with lots of creativity and even save a bit of money. We designed the space ourselves using the Ikea kitchen planner and sourced our cupboards from Ikea, doors from Naked Doors, Minerva worktop direct from the supplier (blog post coming!) and taps and sink from Olif. Although we built it ourselves, you could find a fitter who could help you bring these unique ideas together.

How it’s holding up?

Fan-bloody-tastic! I love it, not only the look but the feel of the tap action and the way that the anthracite sink has developed a natural patina. You do have to be quite careful with it but Olif supply very helpful care and cleaning advice and you can also get special liners, grids and mats that protect them nicely. Here’s how she’s looking…

Doesn’t the proportions work well and the materials feel at home against the Minerva worktop. My bottle brush is perfect from my local no packaging shop so I can reuse containers and the Tea Towel was gifted from   Smith and Wares   for this shoot.

Doesn’t the proportions work well and the materials feel at home against the Minerva worktop. My bottle brush is perfect from my local no packaging shop so I can reuse containers and the Tea Towel was gifted from Smith and Wares for this shoot.

One of the greatest things about the new kitchen apart from the taps is the huge amount of worktop space especially around the sink area where you spend a lot of time in the kitchen for many different purposes. And I don’t regret not having a drainer board or groves routed into the worktop as it stops me leaving dishes to dry all the the time so reducing the clutter

One of the greatest things about the new kitchen apart from the taps is the huge amount of worktop space especially around the sink area where you spend a lot of time in the kitchen for many different purposes. And I don’t regret not having a drainer board or groves routed into the worktop as it stops me leaving dishes to dry all the the time so reducing the clutter

The tap for me is a real feature of the room and draws your attention towards the window and the light. I knew that copper was a metal that I wanted to feature heavily in the space and am so delighted to have found the copper tap of my dreams!

The tap for me is a real feature of the room and draws your attention towards the window and the light. I knew that copper was a metal that I wanted to feature heavily in the space and am so delighted to have found the copper tap of my dreams!

Copper is such a warm colour and really grounds the room against the cooler surfaces and is such a complimentary hue to the   Inchyra Blue   walls

Copper is such a warm colour and really grounds the room against the cooler surfaces and is such a complimentary hue to the Inchyra Blue walls

Other sink & tap combinations from Olif

Before I go I wanted to share some other inspiring sink tap combos from Olif. Get ready for some #sinkporn! The Monarch collection have variations on the tap that I choose which are really affordable and some really nice options. For a simple brass option check out the Cascata Nova Mixer tap which just looks stunning and epic with the gold sink. The Nivito Taps which have some pull-out tap options are super nifty for when it comes to cleaning the sink (worth the extra cost some might say). I also love the Assoluto Brushed Anthracite kitchen mixer tap as it just looks so sleek and understated. And if you’re not ready for the awesome the break-the-bank option then look away now! My eye is on the Matte Copper Icona tap

Olif sink and tap options - copper, gold, black anthracite

Did you realise that kitchen sink shopping could be so inspiring and so much fun! Hope you enjoyed my kitchen sink and tap journey with Olif and my biggest tip is don’t be afraid to shop around and look beyond the big kitchen companies to find something to suit your taste and budget. The way I see it, you touch the taps every day to make tea, wash your hands, cook and clean up so why wouldn’t you want something that’s not only a pleasure to look at but to touch as well. Although they are just little details, these can be the things that really make the whole design of a room work well for you.

I’m overjoyed with my tap and sink (I think as an interiors blogger I’m allowed to get gushy about a sink!) and I’d love to hear your sink and tap questions or sagas. Did you have a favourite tap from the collection ot thoughts on the cooper/anthracite combination that I went for? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Sending you confidence and creativity for all your home renovations,

Donna x

Disclosure: I was gifted the tap and sink for this collaboration. I contacted them to to partner with my blog as I knew their product would be the perfect fit for my kitchen renovation so all opinions and thoughts are completely my own. All photos by me - Donna Ford Photography.


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