The kitchen island is one of the most popular features added to a kitchen during a new build or renovation. It can have multiple functions, from providing extra workspace to standing in for a dining table, but the best part about kitchen islands is that you can be a little bit more experimental with the colour palette and design.
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.”
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Kitchen bench clutter is enough to drive anyone around the bend. There are keys, pens, pencils, wallets – not to mention the endless stream of bits and bobs that husbands empty from their pockets and kids leave behind. Well one Queensland mum-of-seven has taken to the awesome Kmart Mums Australia Facebook group to reveal her simple hack to rid your kitchen bench of mess once and for all!
Do’s. Opt for a wide island bench “Ample space is key for preparing food, cooking, entertaining, and dining at the bench on bar stools, says Porter Davis, World of Style, Interior Designer Patrizia Romeo. Make a statement If your sink and sink mixer are on the island bench, make these a feature. Achieve this by selecting a feature finish to your tapware, such as matte black, gunmetal or bronze tapware, says Patrizia. Include an undermount sink with a removable drainer for a more streamlined look (as a drainer will take up valuable bench space). If your appliances live on the island bench choose functional statement pieces.
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.