10 Standout Benchtop Ideas for Your Kitchen Renovation
If you’re looking for a way to add a little something special to your kitchen renovation, thinking outside of the box when deciding on a benchtop is a great way to do it.
To give you a little inspiration, here are 10 of our favourite benchtop ideas to consider when designing your dream kitchen renovation.
If you want to add some architectural flair to your kitchen, curves are the way to do it. Including a curved edge on your benchtop has the ability to soften the space, while adding a unique, artistic element to your kitchen.
2. Integrated dining
Incorporating a breakfast bar into your kitchen island is often the default option when designing a kitchen renovation. However, if you like the concept of a multifunctional kitchen, why not integrate an in-built dining table into your kitchen island. It’s a great space saver if your living space can’t accommodate a separate dining table and can make for a more interesting kitchen design.
3. Shark nose edge profile
In recent years, we’ve seen somewhat of a departure from the previously favoured 30mm or 40mm drop-face benchtop profiles, in preference of thinner 20mm alternatives. If you love the look of a thin benchtop profile, take it one step further with a shark nose edge profile which produces a very contemporary, streamlined aesthetic.
If you love the look of natural stone but want to do something a little different, travertine is a less commonly used benchtop material that can produce excellent results. With its subtle beauty, smooth texture and long-lasting performance, it’s available in a variety of colours and patterns and can add a little something special to your new kitchen.
5. A contrasting island
It’s only natural to think you need to use a single benchtop material throughout your entire kitchen, but there’s nothing to say you can’t use a contrasting benchtop material on your kitchen island. While it can be a little risky, if you opt for a similar pattern in contrasting colours (e.g. black and white), the result can be outstanding.
6. Industrial surfaces
Love industrial styling? Why not depart from the traditional benchtop material options and instead opt for form set concrete or stainless steel benchtops. They’re unique, hard-wearing, and ooze contemporary industrial styling.
7. Inlaid details
If you want to show off some extra craftsmanship in your kitchen, incorporating an inlay material into your stone benchtop can provide a real point of difference. From brass to resin or contrasting stone detailing, you can add unique artistic element with real personality.
8. Integrated sink
An integrated sink (constructed from the same material as the surrounding benchtop) is an excellent way to add a custom feel to your kitchen. It’s seamless, easy to keep clean, and adds a unique design element to your kitchen.
9. Plinth or U-shaped bench legs
While waterfall benchtops have long been the go-to bench ends, plinth or U-shaped legs are an alternative option that are growing in popularity. Whether constructed from timber, aluminium or steel, it’s a great way to maintain an open feel within your kitchen while adding some extra detail and interest.
A tiled benchtop won’t be for everyone, but if you’re game, tiling your benchtop can be a great way to emphasise the particular style of your kitchen. White tiles can help you create a character-filled farmhouse-style kitchen, while more colourful options can also work well with mid-century designs.