The kitchen sink is the hardest worked feature in any kitchen. It needs to be functional and durable, while being at the same time a stylish addition to your kitchen design.

Today’s sinks come in a wide variety shapes, sizes and materials and can include accessories such as cutting boards, utensil trays, drying racks and colanders.

In the slideshow above you will see:

1. Twin sinks

The primary sink is accompanied by a prep sink. This is by Kohler: http://www.us.kohler.com/us

2.  Seamless Integrated Quartz Sink: Seamless Design

Many quartz composite countertop manufacturers offer integrated kitchen sinks with their countertops, creating a sleek look and a seamless transition for easy cleanup. This is in Silestone by Cosentino: http://northamerica.cosentinocenter.com

3. Porcelain Farmhouse Sink: Country Flair

This apron sink is meant to resemble sinks from historic farmhouses. Apron sinks add a timeless appeal to a kitchen and are available in a wide range of materials, including porcelain, stainless steel and copper. This design is by Dave Stimmel of The Stimmel Consulting Group: http://www.stimmeldesign.com

4. Integrated Marble Sink

As with quartz composite countertops, natural stone countertops can feature seamless, integrated sinks. This design is by Elizabeth Rosensteel: http://www.rosensteeldesign.com

5. Functional and Stylish Prep Sinks

An increasing trend is to supplement primary kitchen sinks with food preparation sinks. These are available in a variety of shapes and styles. This crescent-shaped sink is functional and pleasing to the eye. It is by Native Trails, whom we have featured before: http://www.nativetrails.net