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.
As a working interior designer, Jasmine has plenty of experience when it comes to identifying trends. Here, she outlines eight of her favourite kitchen island design trends and her take on them.
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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.
Space permitting, a kitchen island bench can give you the extra work space and storage that you need in your kitchen, but are unable to build into your current floor plan. A kitchen island bench can be big or small, round, square or rectangular in shape, and it can be fixed or portable, depending on whether you plan to have a sink plumbed into it or cooking appliance built in.
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.