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.
Tracey says she spent ages searching stores for a ready-made storage solution to tidy up her kitchen clutter when she ‘gave up’ and came up with this genius idea using two Kmart products that ANYONE can do. One $15 shelf, 4 of the $2 small and narrow bamboo drawer tidies and I finally have a way to hide all the stuff my husband and kids need to leave on our kitchen bench, Tracey wrote.
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Prioritise your workflow Don’t forget to think about how you will move around the kitchen, and therefore the location of your cabinetry, sink, dishwasher and cutlery drawers in proximity to your kitchen island bench, says Patrizia. This will allow for an easy workflow when preparing and washing up. Don’t go rogue Don’t be afraid to experiment, but it needs to be cohesive with the rest of the kitchen. Put your personal touch to the space!
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.
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.