According to data collected by the Houzz 2018 AU Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, of the top three ’New Built-ins’ in the kitchen, kitchen island benches are number one with 46 per cent of kitchen renovators opting for this design feature, followed by additional pantries or cabinets and breakfast bars. The same report found that the top three materials for kitchen benches right now are engineered quartz, laminate and granite.
Use contrast. The kitchen island table can be a complete contrast in colour and finish compared to the rest of the kitchen, but keep the flow continuous throughout the space. Change up your benchtops “If you want your island to be a standout feature, provide a contrast stone benchtop colour different to the rear benchtop colours. Marble design benchtops are still popular and look chic,” says Patrizia.
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Space permitting, a kitchen island bench can give you the extra work space and storage that you need in your kitchen, but are unable to build into your current floor plan. A kitchen island bench can be big or small, round, square or rectangular in shape, and it can be fixed or portable, depending on whether you plan to have a sink plumbed into it or cooking appliance built in.
Kitchen island with built-in appliances. white kitchen with granite bench top. You can build your oven and sink into a kitchen island and leave the space on your kitchen bench for working space or storage. The beauty with this set up is that you can have two sinks goings, lots of work space and plenty of storage. It’s also a great place to put integrated dishwashers or a wine fridge.
The kitchen island has, and will continue to be, a strong element in the contemporary kitchen, says interior designer Jasmine McClelland. It’s a versatile and practical space that can cater to entertaining guests and helping the kids while they do their homework. It’s a real necessity to a contemporary kitchen space, and provides an opportunity to do some really interesting designs while simultaneously maximising storage.