apron-front sink

Photo: Modern Farmhouse Style (Weldon Owen)

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Focus on Fixtures

Believe it or not, your faucet matters. From a graceful arch in gleaming chrome to a weathered style inspired by farmyard water pumps, there are a wealth of choices in mount and type. Don't forget the sink: Popular apron-front models are a fun farmhouse update, while undermount sinks (which drop into the counter without a rim) feel distinctly modern.

Your sink can provide nice contrast against other elements in your kitchen. Here, an apron-front option has a historic vibe, while crisp white tile and stainless steel fixtures and appliances keep things current.