According to data collected by the Houzz 2018 AU Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, of the top three ’New Built-ins’ in the kitchen, kitchen island benches are number one with 46 per cent of kitchen renovators opting for this design feature, followed by additional pantries or cabinets and breakfast bars. The same report found that the top three materials for kitchen benches right now are engineered quartz, laminate and granite.
Lighting. Feature lighting over island benches is still trending and it can really define your space. There is so much great lighting out there, but you need to choose one that complements the style of your home. And don’t forget to put the lights on a dimmer!
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Concept island. Kitchen with curved walls, island and design features. Design-led and contemporary, this kitchen plays with shape and dimension by having the kitchen set against a curved wall, the island has a plumbed-in sink that intersects with a breakfast bar. All of which combines to create a spacious, unusual and very functional kitchen layout.
Colourful and contemporary kitchen island. Kitchen island with blue bench top and red chairs. More suited to home with an eclectic or ’bachelor pad’ vibe, this kitchen isn’t afraid of colour. Experiment with materials and lighting if you want a similar effect in your home, and remember that sometimes less is more, that’s why this sleek blue bench top and red plastic chairs work so well in a stark white kitchen.
According to Reno Smart, in Australia you need a minimum of 1000 mm of floor space between countertops, such as between a kitchen island and your kitchen bench. Interior designer Kristie Hill told Home Beautiful that you’ll never regret allocating space for a study nook in the design of a mid-sized kitchen for the inevitable pile-up of mail, keys, phones and chargers.”