Colourful and contemporary kitchen island. Kitchen island with blue bench top and red chairs. More suited to home with an eclectic or ’bachelor pad’ vibe, this kitchen isn’t afraid of colour. Experiment with materials and lighting if you want a similar effect in your home, and remember that sometimes less is more, that’s why this sleek blue bench top and red plastic chairs work so well in a stark white kitchen.
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.
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Matt. Matt finishes will be even more popular this year as clients are craving natural finishes that compliment timber grains and stone. Go Natural. Natural colours and textures are also popular in kitchens this year. Clients are seeking calm in their crazy busy schedules, and nothing is as tactile and soothing to the eye as natural colours, materials and textures. Another idea is using timber as a feature on the back panel of the kitchen island to create a lovely textural element. It’s a great way to introduce those natural colours into your kitchen.
Add Storage Include feature doors or drawers, or open feature shelves to the rear of the island bench. Not only does this look stylish, but it also provides extra storage space.Watch your sink size. Don’t have a extra long sink, as this will take up much-needed bench space and limits how you use the island bench,” says Patrizia. Go wide “Don’t go for a narrow depth to your island, as this will reduce the size and the area which you have to work from. And you may not be able to use bar stools if too narrow.”
Marble dream. This is a dramatic benchtop with heavy veining in the marble and a very thick depth which gives it added gravitas, as does the continuation of marble up the splashback and placement of the island directly in front of the bank of cabinetry. Equally striking are the smooth black pendant lights above – they provide another resting place for the eyes away from the marble and the darker tones in the appliances therefore become part of the design, rather than an interruption.