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.
The butcher’s block island. Country kitchen with butchers block island. Perfect for country style kitchens or rustic home, a freestanding butcher’s block kitchen island bench can be picked up and moved, but is traditionally made of a timber heavy enough to hold it’s own against pushing, shoving and cooking. These can be as big or as small as you want, and can be added to any kitchen at any time.
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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.
Kitchen bench clutter is enough to drive anyone around the bend. There are keys, pens, pencils, wallets – not to mention the endless stream of bits and bobs that husbands empty from their pockets and kids leave behind. Well one Queensland mum-of-seven has taken to the awesome Kmart Mums Australia Facebook group to reveal her simple hack to rid your kitchen bench of mess once and for all!