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.”
Marble dream. This is a dramatic benchtop with heavy veining in the marble and a very thick depth which gives it added gravitas, as does the continuation of marble up the splashback and placement of the island directly in front of the bank of cabinetry. Equally striking are the smooth black pendant lights above – they provide another resting place for the eyes away from the marble and the darker tones in the appliances therefore become part of the design, rather than an interruption.
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Freestanding kitchen island table. If your home simply doesn’t have the room or need for a full-on kitchen island bench, perhaps a freestanding kitchen island table is more your thing. It can act as additional workspace for cooking, as a breakfast bar or even just a location to open mail and chat to family members. The breakfast bar. All white traditional kitchen with pendant lights and kitchen island bar stools breakfast bar
Matt. Matt finishes will be even more popular this year as clients are craving natural finishes that compliment timber grains and stone. Go Natural. Natural colours and textures are also popular in kitchens this year. Clients are seeking calm in their crazy busy schedules, and nothing is as tactile and soothing to the eye as natural colours, materials and textures. Another idea is using timber as a feature on the back panel of the kitchen island to create a lovely textural element. It’s a great way to introduce those natural colours into your kitchen.
Prioritise your workflow Don’t forget to think about how you will move around the kitchen, and therefore the location of your cabinetry, sink, dishwasher and cutlery drawers in proximity to your kitchen island bench, says Patrizia. This will allow for an easy workflow when preparing and washing up. Don’t go rogue Don’t be afraid to experiment, but it needs to be cohesive with the rest of the kitchen. Put your personal touch to the space!