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10 Favorites: Colorful Accessories for the Kitchen Sink


10 Favorites: Colorful Accessories for the Kitchen Sink

May 19, 2016

Dosa designer Christina Kim has an affinity for fuzzy pink sponges that she picks up at bodegas in Mexico. She’s the one who taught us this lesson: Humble kitchen accessories in bright colors can make your heart sing.

Happiness from a scrub brush? More than you can imagine. The Scandinavians have clearly been onto this for some time: Nearly all of our favorite tools for use in and around the sink come from Sweden and Denmark.

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Above: A longtime Remodelista favorite, the Normann Copenhagen Washing Up Bowl & Brush is newly available in mint; $87.50.

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Above: Iris Hantverk’s Mexican-style Washing Up Whisks are made in Sweden by visually impaired craftspeople; $11 each at The Line. Photograph from Flotsam & Fork.

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Above: Absorbent, quick-drying Växbo Linen Dishcloths from Sweden come in 22 colors and are pretty enough to leave lying around; $16.

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Above: Hay of Denmark’s Porter Paper Towel Holders are made of ash and come in four finishes; $48 each from Huset.

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Above: Clear the crumbs with the Mr and Mrs Clynk Epousette + Ramasse, a brush and pan from Andrée Jardin of France, €28 ($30.66). Also see the company’s New Must-Have Chopping Block and Vegetable Brush Set.

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Above: For mop day: Xala’s Drop Bucket comes in pale green, navy, yellow, and red with contrasting metal handles; $25 each from Neo-Utility. See more of the Antwerp design company’s everyday goods in our post Belgian Basics with a Fairytale Twist. Photograph via Everyday Needs.

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Above: Christina Kim alert: The Casabella Green Scrub Sponge is $1.95 at Crate & Barrel. To see the sponge at Dosa headquarters that started our obsession, go to page 69 of the Remodelista book.

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Above: Wooden Washing Up Brushes by Rice of Denmark come in three color combos; £3 ($4.50 USD) each at House Envy.

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Above: Scholten & Baijing’s Tea Towels from Danish design firm Hay are available in a range of patterns and bright colors. Made of a cotton mix, they’re $19 for a set of two at A+R.

Find more kitchen essentials in our Domestic Science archive, including Precision Trash Bins, Display-Worthy Brooms, and 10 Favorites from the French Scullery.

Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose your kitchen sink and faucet in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Kitchen Sinks & Faucets.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 30, 2015, as part of our Global Color issue.

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