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.”
I walked around the shops for an hour looking for something to hide all [my husband’s] bench stuff, gave up and made this. Really happy with it and stoked I can hide all the bench bits and pieces. Tracey’s clever storage hack received a huge reception on the Facebook group, with many revealing that they’ve been desperate for a kitchen bench clutter solution.
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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.
What does every kitchen island bench need? Emma Blomfield is an experienced interior designer and she says that size, powerpoints, storage and seating are integral to the success and functionality of a kitchen island table. Space. Everyone seems to congregate around the kitchen island table, so it’s important that you have enough room to fit everyone gathering around it. You’ll also need room to prepare food, says Emma.
Use contrast. The kitchen island table can be a complete contrast in colour and finish compared to the rest of the kitchen, but keep the flow continuous throughout the space. Change up your benchtops “If you want your island to be a standout feature, provide a contrast stone benchtop colour different to the rear benchtop colours. Marble design benchtops are still popular and look chic,” says Patrizia.