Seating. Because most people spend a lot of time congregating around the kitchen island tables, you need the right stools to sit on, says Emma. The right stool can make or break the finish on not only the bench top, but the kitchen, too. It also encourages the kids to jump up and grab a seat if you’re busy in the kitchen.
Simple and elegant. Who says grey is boring? The shade is the ideal modern kitchen colour. This glass subway tile splashback brings a quiet elegance to the clean lines of this kitchen and echo the timber wall panelling above. Flecks of grey in the choice of benchtop and concrete flooring bring the look together but it’s the timber dining table and chairs that really add character.
Contemporary details. Timber tones in the oversized sliding glass doors carry the eye across the dining table and chairs. Concrete pendant lighting and slimline mosaic tiled splashback are simply elegant. The rug placed under the dining table absorbs sound, softens the space and demarcates the dining zone. Timber with copper details. Striking black cabinetry underneath the benchtop provides a sturdy base and anchors the activity beneath soaring ceilings. Copper details in the lighting and outside in the large plant pot bring the outside in and bridge the two spaces, connecting timber, metal and the stone of the benchtops.
Geometric rules. The hexagonal tiles in this splashback might appear too busy in an otherwise visually crowded space. Here it works to create interest and offset the expanse of white cabinetry overhead. Brushed metal linear handles in the lower cabinets link back to the tiles, as well as the VJ panelling elsewhere in the surrounding kitchen space.
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.
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.
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