New sink for pink kitchen
So, we live in this somewhat unusual house. The folks that owned it were very crafty and artistic, so they did it all themselves and nothing is really "normal". We love that, but it sometimes makes it a little hard to work with.
Anyway, the kitchen faucet is shot, and the sink has seen better days. The sink is cast-iron/enamel, in a nice shell pink. Kitchen pics here, taken before we moved in: http://desotodeluxe.com/House4.htm The lighting makes it look more yellow than it really is. In real life the kitchen is various shades of true pink, and the counter tiles are maroon.
We can't afford a remodel, and indeed rather like the funkyness of the current kitchen. So we just want to replace the sink and faucet. As far as I can tell, you can't buy pink kitchen sinks these days. Since the appliances are all stainless, we're thinking of going with a stainless sink.
The particular model we think we've settled on is the Kohler Vault 4-hole. I know that modern angular look doesn't really go with the rest of the kitchen, but it was just about the only single-bowl we could find that didn't have a flat bottom, a feature that's important to my wife. Any comments on the quality of this sink? Any other suggestions?
I'm having more trouble choosing a faucet - maybe because there are so many choices! We know we want a mid or high arc 2-handle with straight or wristblade handles, and a sidespray. I just can't decide on a style and brand!
Reliability is a major concern. I worry about high-arc spouts starting to leak at the base over time. Should this be a concern? If so, are there ways to avoid it?
I've noticed that most of the 2-handle designs have an escutcheon that bridges the handles and spout. To me that just looks like one more thing to clean. Is there an advantage to having an escutcheon that I don't know about?
We want quality and are willing to pay for it, within reason, but I'm more concerned about mechanical quality and durability than style.
I've looked at a somewhat modern style like the Kohler Triton. But then there are more transitional styles like the Kohler Revival, Victorian styles like the Moen Waterhill, and traditional styles like the Kohler Fairfax and Moen Vestige. I'm really not sure what would look best. As you can see from the pics, the typical design photos don't really apply to our situation. :)
Thoughts? Suggestions? Advice? Comments?