Sinksand taps

No kitchen or bathroom is complete without sinks and taps. More than just a practicality, these key pieces serve to enhance your chosen worktop design for an even more beautiful finish.

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As part of our all-in-one fitting service, Bellagio Marble Ideas has partnered with Schock & The 1810 Company to bring you a wide range of sinks, taps and accessories.

Innovative and contemporary, Schock & 1810 products come in both standard and unique sizes and demonstrate the same superior quality and style you can expect from us.

We understand that a lot of decision-making goes into designing the perfect kitchen or bathroom, which is why we try to keep things simple. In addition to supplying your sinks and taps of choice, our experts are more than happy to offer one-to-one support, guidance and advice.

Please note that we do not handle plumbing, so you will need to contact a plumber to install your water and wastewater pipes.

Choosingyour sink

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a sink. It needs to look good, match the rest of your room and successfully serve its intended purpose. We’ll guide you through the process to ensure you’re happy with the finished outcome.

The four main sink materials

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Stainless steel

Stainless steel sinks are a popular, reliable option. They’re hygienic, easy to keep clean and resistant to stains and chipping. They’re also a great affordable solution that works well in almost any room, since their neutral silver colour pairs well with other fixtures and fittings.

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Axix

For ultimate luxury, the Axix sink is a combination of a quartz or stone worktop with a custom designed, undermount sink. This gives the appearance of a steel-bottomed, material clad sink. With no joints anywhere on the Axix sink it is truly a complete watertight solution. The seamless technology creates an impermeable sink base, whilst giving an upmarket contemporary finish.

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Ceramic

Ceramic sinks look crisp and clean. They’re an incredibly durable option that can withstand everyday use and because ceramic is non-porous, they’re a hygienic option that’s easy to keep clean. This classic sink type is popular in both traditional and contemporary homes, adding impact to any style of bathroom or kitchen.

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Composite stone

Composite stone sinks look just as elegant as natural stone but boast additional properties that make them even more practical. Composite stone is manufactured under pressure, making it incredibly durable and easy to maintain. It resists heat, stains, scratches and chips and is also non-porous, making it hygienic and easy to clean.

Other sink materials

Our valued partner, 1810, also supplies a variety of other sink types, including copper, gold brass, gunmetal and fireclay options. We recommend speaking to one of our experts to determine which materials would work best for you.

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The three main types of sink mounts

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Inset

Inset sinks are one of the easiest types of sinks to install. Also known as overmount sinks, the bowl is dropped into a pre-cut hole in your worksurface, with the outer edge of the sink forming a lip on top of your counters to prevent moisture from reaching them. This upper lip also serves to support the sink, meaning further reinforcement is not required.

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Undermount

Undermount sinks sit below your worktops, meaning they have hidden edges. This creates a clean, seamless appearance and also makes them easier to clean, since it’s easier to wipe things away. The continuous line between your worktops and sink area also creates a little more counterspace. It’s important to ensure correct installation, as a poor seal can result in water damage.

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Belfast

Traditionally associated with wealth, Belfast sinks have been around since the 1700s. With a deep, robust bowl that holds much more water than their Butler sink counterparts, they have remained in fashion ever since. Both simple and elegant, their refined aesthetic continues to impress, further adding value to your home.

Our most popular bowl sizes

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Single bowl

As the name suggests, single bowl sinks consist of just one large basin with no dividers. In addition to working well in smaller kitchens, they’re great for washing larger items like pots and pans. They provide a simple, clean aesthetic and have grown in popularity since the advent of the dishwasher, since having a separate bowl for rinsing is no longer a necessity for many homes.

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1.5 bowl

Choosing a 1.5 bowl gives you the best of both worlds. They consist of one, larger basin and one half basin, which can be used for draining items or washing food as you clean your dishes. The half bowl can also help to save water, since you can rinse your dishes in the basin rather than under a running tap. Alternatively, you could use the second bowl to separate your dirty items from your main, clean sink.

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Double bowl

Also known as divided sinks, double bowl sinks consist of two basins separated by a high or low divider. Traditionally, one sink would be used for washing dishes and the other would be used for rinsing, making them a great choice if you prefer to wash your pots by hand. They also allow you to multi-task, for instance washing fruit and vegetables in one and placing dishes to be washed in the other.

Choosingyour taps

Once you’ve chosen your sink, you’ll need to think about taps. Of course, you should choose something with a complementary finish, like stainless steel, copper or brass. You may also wish to consider shape, size and style. We’ve broken down some of the main options below to help you make your choice.

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Single vs twin lever

Single-lever taps allow you to control both water flow and temperature with just one hand. Twin-lever options are just as easy to operate but have two levers, if you prefer this look.

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Pillar vs mixer taps

Traditionally marked “hot” and “cold”, pillar taps are a separate option that remains popular today. Mixer taps combine hot- and cold-water flow, offering better temperature control direct from the spout.

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What kind of spout?

Pull out spouts allow you to move the end of your tap to direct water around your sink. Flexible spouts also allow movement. Angled spouts are raised at an angle to create more room underneath. You might also opt for a square or curved spout, depending on your individual design preference.

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Something extra

Our filter taps help to remove impurities from your water, improving the taste. Our partner also offers additional accessories, such as soap dispensers and cold-rinse hand sprays.

Have more questions about our kitchen sinks and taps?

The best and most durable material for a kitchen sink will depend on various factors such as personal preference, budget and the volume of use it is likely to get. Some of the most durable sink materials are: 

  • Stainless steel – durable and easy to clean they are resistant to stains and chipping and their neutral colour works with every colour scheme. 
  • Ceramic - clean and crisp looking they are durable and non-porous and ceramic sinks work well in traditional and modern-styled kitchens.  
  • Composite stone – looking like natural stone, it is manufactured under great pressure to ensure its durability and heat resistance. It looks elegant and is very practical being easy to clean.  
  • Axix – a combination of quartz or stone worktop and a customised under-mounted sink that has no joints and creates a luxurious upmarket appeal.  
  • Other materials include copper, gold, brass, gunmetal and fireclay. 
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Still not sure what’s right for you?

Visit our welcoming showroom or contact us to discuss the available options and start your own journey with us today.