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.
White kitchen with timber detailing. Only suitable for homes that have plenty of space in their kitchen, a huge kitchen island such as this one can incorporate a breakfast bar, open shelving for cook books and beloved dinnerware, as well as extra storage for pots, pans, appliances and a huge bench for extra workspace. Small kitchen island bench. Just because your kitchen is small doesn’t mean you can’t have an island. A kitchen island bench without a sink is a great way to increase storage and workspace in an open-plan living area without having to do major renovations.
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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.
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!
Line it up. Imagine this kitchen without the addition of the chopping board and ceramics that dress it. The sharp lines of all of the surfaces of tiles, timber, lighting and cabinetry work together beautifully but it’s the addition of the vignettes of daily life that make the difference here. Circular shapes in styling are key here – soft edges on ceramics, gently curved bowls and pastel colours gently ease this space to life.