Solution: Identify your perfect kitchen look and select the bench style that matches it. For example, if you have a modern kitchen, a sleek and contemporary benchtop may be the best choice (we love Dekton, an ultracompact stone within our range), while a more traditional kitchen may benefit from a classic and timeless benchtop that evokes a marble-look.
5. Choosing the Wrong Colour.
It’s important to choose a bench colour that will not clash with other elements in your kitchen’s colour scheme, otherwise your whole design will be off balance and lack cohesion.
Solution: Select a counter colour that will complement the rest of your colour palette within your kitchen, paying particular notice to how it pairs with your joinery. Colours do not need to match exactly, it’s more about making sure it works within your chosen scheme, whether it focuses on neutral tones or bold monochromatic ones.
6. Not Thinking about the Edge Profile.
The edge profile is the front edge surface of the benchtop that faces outward and is highly visible. There are many different edge profiles to select from, and it’s vital to pick one that suits your overall design aesthetic. Overlooking this element might seem small but it will make a big impact.
Solution: Work with your Kinsman designer to choose an edge profile that fits the style of your kitchen and your personal taste. Popular profiles include Aris and Pencil Round- and we will help you discover the perfect edge for your kitchen, taking the guess work out of this design decision.
7. Ignoring the Thickness of the Benchtop.
The thickness of your benchtop can make a big difference to the overall look and feel of your kitchen. If your benches are too slim or too thick and don’t match your kitchen’s style, you risk ruining the overall look of this important space.
Solution: Take time on deciding which countertop thickness suits your kitchen’s aesthetic- as well as your budget. 20mm and 40mm edges are the most popular in Australian homes- you can of course opt for a thicker benchtop for a luxurious and more substantial look- thickness tends to rise in 20mm increments. We recommend thinner benches to create a more minimalist and modern look, while larger profiles suit more classic and Hamptons-style homes.
8. Forgetting Benchtop Maintenance.
Different benchtop materials require different levels of maintenance- if you pick a material that requires constant cleaning to avoid staining, or that tends to chip you will have a lot of work ahead of you!
Solution: As mentioned above, we offer many types of kitchen benchtops in various materials- from laminate to mineral designs. As well as being easy to clean, they are also highly resistant to scratches, stains and heat – a big plus in busy family households! Work with you Kinsman designer to discover which material is the best fit for your home and family.
9. Not Considering the Functionality of the Benchtop.
Benchtops should be highly functional for all of your cooking and food preparation needs. Failing to allocate enough bench space for food prep, and even seating space if you have an island or breakfast bar, will impact the usability of your new kitchen significantly.
Solution. Ensure that you have enough clear bench space to prep food, and that all counters are well-lit with down lights or kitchen pendants (or a combination of the two)- kitchen bench lighting is another element in your design that you want to get right the first time.
Extending your countertops on your island bench or at the end of a run of bench to create a breakfast bar will create the perfect seating zone within your kitchen for family and friends to gather.
10. Forgetting about the Installation Process.
The kitchen benchtop installation process can be complex and requires careful planning and preparation. If you have opted for quartz or stone-style counters this will take place after your kitchen cabinetry has been fitted, and it can be easy to forget that this extra time needs to be considered in your kitchen renovation.
Solution. This is the benefit of working with Kinsman and our recommended suppliers and installers as we/they will communicate very clearly all the timings for your kitchen installation. For example, if you choose a stone benchtop you will need to contact your stone supplier to arrange a check measure after your kitchen cabinets are installed. Templates will then be made, and your kitchen benches will be installed approximately 10 working days following the final measure and the plans being accepted.
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