KitchenLabTraditional Kitchen, Chicago
What Houzz contributors are saying:
When designing a kitchen with the main sink in the island, it’s important to resist the desire to center everything. You don’t want to bump into the person cooking at the range, and you want to maximize counter space to one side of the sink. I like to put in the dishwasher first, then the sink. That way both of those utilities are ganged together at one end, leaving as much counter space as possible to the other side.
Square and standard thickness. Less is often more. In a clean-lined and simple kitchen, a basic 3cm-square profile works best. Each kitchen has something that stands out and says “look at me.” Sometimes it’s the tile, sometimes it’s the lighting, and sometimes it’s the countertop material. I make it a rule to avoid having everything shout for attention; that away there’s some breathing room. In this kitchen the countertops are more quiet while the tile takes a bit more of center stage.
If you don't have a lot of room, putting your main sink in the island can be a great option. Even better if it's a farm sink, which gives you an extra 3 inches in back of the faucet due to the sink being pulled forward (rather than having the 3-inch strip of stone required for the front of standard undermount sink).