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.
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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Kitchen island on wheels. Fancy a kitchen island that’s big enough to store all your cookware but easy to move around? Then a kitchen island bench on wheels is the answer to your problem. Built to function more as a cupboard and workspace, this design can be moved around to suit the occasion or your lifestyle. A kitchen island for storage and function
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.
Lighting. Feature lighting over island benches is still trending and it can really define your space. There is so much great lighting out there, but you need to choose one that complements the style of your home. And don’t forget to put the lights on a dimmer!