Cut outs. Side cuts outs to bench tops that create interesting shapes and patterns are gaining traction. Ensure that they complement the feel and style of the house. Tiles. Using tiles on the back panel to create a really solid, strong but beautiful effect on the kitchen island adds texture and creates a really interesting point of difference in the kitchen.
Line it up. Imagine this kitchen without the addition of the chopping board and ceramics that dress it. The sharp lines of all of the surfaces of tiles, timber, lighting and cabinetry work together beautifully but it’s the addition of the vignettes of daily life that make the difference here. Circular shapes in styling are key here – soft edges on ceramics, gently curved bowls and pastel colours gently ease this space to life.
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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.
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.
Geometric rules. The hexagonal tiles in this splashback might appear too busy in an otherwise visually crowded space. Here it works to create interest and offset the expanse of white cabinetry overhead. Brushed metal linear handles in the lower cabinets link back to the tiles, as well as the VJ panelling elsewhere in the surrounding kitchen space.