Many staged design showrooms include deep colors to draw attention to kitchens and bathrooms.

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Q: We are remodeling our kitchen and our designer has suggested that we install a cast-iron kitchen sink with a very deep/dark color. While I have been excited to see some color samples, I am a little cautious. Can you please give me some info on installing kitchen sinks with very dark colors?

A: Bold colors for plumbing fixtures are beautiful and do make a very dramatic statement when used in a kitchen or bathroom. Many staged design showrooms include these deep colors to draw attention to the area.

Hot dramatic colors for cast-iron fixtures right now include iron cobalt (deep blue), suede (dark brown) and very rich black.

While these colors are visually striking, prices for designer fixtures may be higher. Also, some fixtures may have to be special ordered. And because of the deep finishes, extra care and cleaning are usually required.

The choice is up to you, but it never hurts to make a design splash in your kitchen sink.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit