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!
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.
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.
Concept island. Kitchen with curved walls, island and design features. Design-led and contemporary, this kitchen plays with shape and dimension by having the kitchen set against a curved wall, the island has a plumbed-in sink that intersects with a breakfast bar. All of which combines to create a spacious, unusual and very functional kitchen layout.