Less is more. In terms of style, minimalism is still king but will blend itself with the existing style of the house. I anticipate crossovers; for example in an industrial style home or a mid-century home with different design elements and choices. Clients want to conceal their clutter but showcase their style and character through really interesting and considered finishes, textures, colour, lighting, shelving space and decorative elements.
The butcher’s block island. Country kitchen with butchers block island. Perfect for country style kitchens or rustic home, a freestanding butcher’s block kitchen island bench can be picked up and moved, but is traditionally made of a timber heavy enough to hold it’s own against pushing, shoving and cooking. These can be as big or as small as you want, and can be added to any kitchen at any time.
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Contemporary details. Timber tones in the oversized sliding glass doors carry the eye across the dining table and chairs. Concrete pendant lighting and slimline mosaic tiled splashback are simply elegant. The rug placed under the dining table absorbs sound, softens the space and demarcates the dining zone. Timber with copper details. Striking black cabinetry underneath the benchtop provides a sturdy base and anchors the activity beneath soaring ceilings. Copper details in the lighting and outside in the large plant pot bring the outside in and bridge the two spaces, connecting timber, metal and the stone of the benchtops.
Power. If you love to cook and make delicious things, having powerpoints at the kitchen island bench is a must, especially when there is more than one cook in the kitchen, says Emma. It allows you to blend, toast or grind without interfering in the cook zone of the kitchen.
The kitchen island has, and will continue to be, a strong element in the contemporary kitchen, says interior designer Jasmine McClelland. It’s a versatile and practical space that can cater to entertaining guests and helping the kids while they do their homework. It’s a real necessity to a contemporary kitchen space, and provides an opportunity to do some really interesting designs while simultaneously maximising storage.