The modern kitchen is a streamlined, clutter-free environment in its design, layout and aesthetic, with fixtures, features and smart appliances integrated seamlessly.
Clever use of space to maximise storage is key. A popular decision is incorporating a mix of open shelving (perfect for displaying decorative accessories) and hidden storage.
An island bench — also known as a breakfast bar — can work as a storage area, as well as a surface for food preparation and even informal dining. Jasmin Kheireddine, a kitchen designer for a major home builder, says: “The island bench makes a great casual setting for get-togethers amongst family and friends.”
Space permitting, a walk-in butler’s pantry is becoming a common addition. As an extension to the kitchen, it allows for extra bench space and storage, and frees up the main area to remain a showcase.