An empty bench space can be a confusing starting point when it comes to kitchen styling. And while I love the look of those minimal kitchens that hide absolutely everything from eye view, the only thing minimal about my kitchen is the budget I had to renovate it and the time I want to spend cleaning it! An empty bench top just isn’t an option for me – as I don’t have enough storage to put everything away or the time to do that every time I cook. Not to mention I love expressing myself in my home, adding details and dynamics in the spaces I spend everyday in – so my tendency to constantly style doesn’t lean well towards a minimal style and a empty kitchen bench.
With every space in a home, it needs to first serve to function and then to style, meaning “the look”. Which is why I simply love things that cater my daily needs, that look good at the same time (…just like my husband!). A bench top's primary function is for making food, and in my case with kids who eat every meal at different times than me, it means doing just that at least 6 times a day. This is why on my bench top you will see appliances – doesn’t sound all that stylish? True, it wouldn’t be, if not for Kenwood’s brand new kMix series bringing style, colour, performance and quality into your kitchen bench and making kitchen styling simple but stunning.
In styling a benchtop you should first consider how you use your kitchen bench - how do you cook, where do you need clear bench space and what you use frequently? For us first and foremost it is the kettle – we love a good hot drink. I chose the kMix Kettle in rich black, it has a high gloss look and a attractive round shape, petite enough that it doesn’t take over your whole bench space but large enough to meet a family’s requirements. Often with coloured appliances you would then select the matching toaster, but I went for the kMix Toaster in cool white to create contrast. It is a 4 slice toaster with separate functions for each side of the toaster – meaning you can reheat a bagel while toasting a frozen piece of bread. It has a matt finish with rounded chrome buttons to suit most styles of kitchen. Finally I selected the kMix Blender in rick black as we have smoothies most days and I also use it frequently for cooking and baking. I like the ease of using this blender, it is easy to remove from the base to clean and serve up. The design isn’t bulky and the cord can be wrapped the bottom of the base to avoid having cord take over your bench space.
To style well with these products, integrate other kitchen elements like chopping boards, canisters and potted herbs. Think about bringing contrast into your kitchen through colour and texture, a kitchen can make the wrong impact if everything in it is high gloss white. Below I have styled both my kitchen and a clients kitchen, to show how to express yourself through Kenwood’s kMix range. To see their premium selection of kitchen appliances in their four chic colours; Spicy Red, Rich Black, Cool White and Fresh Cream visit their website.
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