Marble dream. This is a dramatic benchtop with heavy veining in the marble and a very thick depth which gives it added gravitas, as does the continuation of marble up the splashback and placement of the island directly in front of the bank of cabinetry. Equally striking are the smooth black pendant lights above – they provide another resting place for the eyes away from the marble and the darker tones in the appliances therefore become part of the design, rather than an interruption.
Freestanding kitchen island table. If your home simply doesn’t have the room or need for a full-on kitchen island bench, perhaps a freestanding kitchen island table is more your thing. It can act as additional workspace for cooking, as a breakfast bar or even just a location to open mail and chat to family members. The breakfast bar. All white traditional kitchen with pendant lights and kitchen island bar stools breakfast bar
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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.
Kitchen island on wheels. Fancy a kitchen island that’s big enough to store all your cookware but easy to move around? Then a kitchen island bench on wheels is the answer to your problem. Built to function more as a cupboard and workspace, this design can be moved around to suit the occasion or your lifestyle. A kitchen island for storage and function
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.