Cut outs. Side cuts outs to bench tops that create interesting shapes and patterns are gaining traction. Ensure that they complement the feel and style of the house. Tiles. Using tiles on the back panel to create a really solid, strong but beautiful effect on the kitchen island adds texture and creates a really interesting point of difference in the kitchen.
Less is more. In terms of style, minimalism is still king but will blend itself with the existing style of the house. I anticipate crossovers; for example in an industrial style home or a mid-century home with different design elements and choices. Clients want to conceal their clutter but showcase their style and character through really interesting and considered finishes, textures, colour, lighting, shelving space and decorative elements.
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According to Reno Smart, in Australia you need a minimum of 1000 mm of floor space between countertops, such as between a kitchen island and your kitchen bench. Interior designer Kristie Hill told Home Beautiful that you’ll never regret allocating space for a study nook in the design of a mid-sized kitchen for the inevitable pile-up of mail, keys, phones and chargers.”
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.
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!