If you're renovating your kitchen or building one from scratch, your head might be turned by what's fashionable – then again, you might want a more timeless look. Over the past decade, trends have come and gone, and we've liked a fair few, but how do you identify which ones will stay the distance? When you're considering your choices, it pays to go for the slow-cook, rather than fast and flash.
Island benches have been the fulcrum of kitchens since their gentle introduction in the 1970s. But what if your kitchen didn't have one? Would the sky fall around your ears? Would the design gods zap you from on high for such insubordination?
A quick look further back in history saw kitchens with benches along the walls and, while we're not advocating design turns back the clock completely, the idea that a dining table doubled as an extra bench is not a silly one.
Fast forward to today when there's an urgent interest in smaller homes that are precisely planned: the island is out and the good old kitchen table is back in.
Save space and expense by ditching the island in favour of a table that is both an inexpensive surface for food prep and a place to congregate and play The Game of Life.