The Finish Is In The Edge

Sometimes, it’s the small decisions that really make all the difference when completing the look of your kitchen and when it comes to the benchtop, it’s important take your time and really consider the look you would like to achieve. No matter what configuration your kitchen is, there are ways to ways to achieve creative and effective benchtop edging to complete the look of your new kitchen.

Here is a breakdown of some of the options for you to consider but remember, if you can dream it, there’s most likely a way to make it happen.

Options to end cabinets
Cabinet only Double Waterfall Island Waterfall with cabinet Edge Waterfall and Breakfast Bar Waterfall with Leg End
Options for benchtop edges
Sharknose Edge Dupont Ogee Edge Bullnose Edge
Options for different slab styles

Curved Edge Slab Stone Edge Shadowline Rolled bench top Thin slab with shadowline

Visit one of our kitchen showrooms in either Blackburn or Eltham to see some these options on display.

No Artificial Colours

Black & White Kitchens

One unfailing trend in kitchens is the stunning combination of black and white. It can successfully work in any style of kitchen and in almost any home. Our Eltham Showroom has a beautiful black and white kitchen on display that is handle-less and shows off a clever combination of finishes.
Below is a collection of kitchens from different styles to inspire you on your kitchen design journey.

Modern Black & White Kitchen

Modern 2  Modern 3

Modern 4  Modern 1

 

 

Contemporary Black & White Kitchen

Traditional 4  Eclectic 1  Contemporary 2

Contemporary 1

 

 

Traditional Black & White Kitchen

Traditional 5  Traditional 3

Traditional 1

Make it a Mini Kitchen

The clever Mini Kitchen or Bar

The mini kitchen or bar area idea is an entertainer’s lifesaver! It provides the perfect place for guests (or even the kids) to be able to help themselves to drinks, wine or coffee without getting in the way while you’re cooking in the main kitchen area. If your home enjoys a lovely open plan living arrangement with the meal or lounge area just off the kitchen, then this gives you the opportunity to make the most of the mini kitchen or bar concept.
This space could double as the coffee station or simply house your favourite wines and spirits. If you have the space, consider adding in a small bowl sink and bar fridge so it becomes a one stop shop for all your beverage needs. Adding a servery window through to your BBQ/outdoor area is another functional way of using this space. However, if space is on the tight side, you could also join this area with your laundry room which slightly changes the way you might use it. Either way, this creative idea allows for extra storage and helps take the pressure off your kitchen. It also changes the way you use the space which, in some situations, is the perfect solution for a kitchen congestion.
If you’re struggling for ideas and inspiration, visit one of our kitchen showrooms to see the latest innovative products available.

TKDC - Elsternwick - Corey 4  TKDC - Burwood - Corey 4

Mini bar 4  Mini bar 3  Mini bar 2

Mini bar 1  Large bar 1

Bringing in the Light

Where to add windows in the kitchen…

Sometimes, getting enough natural light into the kitchen space can be hard depending on where in the house the kitchen is located. There are ways to add in extra windows when designing your new kitchen, so talk with your kitchen designer about how this might be possible for your kitchen renovation.
Here are some clever examples:

Splashback window
This offers light at a benchtop level and can be done behind the cooktop, sink or preparation area.

TKDC - Elsternwick   TKDC - Wheelers Hill

Skylight
A skylight offers lovely overhead natural light with different intensities throughout the day as the sun passes over the house.

TKDC - Eltham  Skylight 1

Bay or box bay window
Positioning a bay or box bay window behind the sink brings in extra light and allows for extra bench space making it the perfect spot to have a herb garden.

Box bay Window  Bay Window

Servery window
A servery window that sits on the bench can be opened up completely allowing for service through to outside. This can also be done through a wall into an adjoining room which will borrow the night from that room when it’s needed.

TKDC - Lysterfield  TKDC - Burwood East  TKDC - St Helena

Clerestory window
A clerestory window usually works best when the kitchen has high ceilings but can work within a standard ceiling height if cleverly designed in by the kitchen designer.

Clerestory windows 2  Clerestory windows  High ceiling windows