After a tough week on The Block, kitchen week is over and this year’s kitchens have been dubbed five of the biggest and best ever seen on the show. We agree! The Good Guys’ kitchen design consultant offers insight into the design of each apartment and shares expert tips on how to get The Block kitchen look in your own home. You’ll also find out exactly which benchtops and finishes the contestants used.
Michael & Carlene: MANHATTAN CHIC
An astute selection of subway tiles, long island bench and copper accents by Michael and Carlene has resulted in a stunning kitchen, reminiscent of a high-end Manhattan brasserie. Floor to ceiling bookshelf with sliding library ladder and exposed brick detail continue this on-trend theme.
The choice of materials is second to none – sophisticated Brighton Matt Black cabinetry, new to The Good Guys Kitchens, has been paired with Essendon White. Dual benchtops by Silestone® in Bianco Rivers and Blanco Zeus in Suede finish complete the timeless look whilst contrasting shiny copper pendants add a unique, retro touch.
In terms of layout, this is a carefully considered kitchen space which incorporates the traditional work triangle where the cooktop, sink and refrigerator are well positioned for optimal flow. The butler’s pantry again utilises the space well and by keeping the high standard of design and detail throughout, a storage and preparation area never looked so good!
TREND ALERT: Matt cabinetry and copper accents
Chris & Jenna: STATELY TWO-TONE
[contextly_sidebar id=”tnG3eqA1gSx62Eebt8RmaI8IXA1Xseid”]Chris and Jenna’s lavish two-tone kitchen is as striking as it is functional.
Timber-grain cabinetry in Ballina Sepia Oak, exclusive to The Good Guys Kitchens, dominates this kitchen and contrasts beautifully with varying textures and black accents – from the glass fronted cabinets, kickboards, Silestone® benchtops in Tao and Artarmon Gloss cabinetry in the butler’s pantry.
Deep drawers throughout maintain the strong sense of vertical lines all through the kitchen, and the floor to ceiling display shelving provides the opportunity to bring personal touches into this inspired space. Concealed butler’s pantry with second sink and ample bench space paves the way for seamless and sophisticated entertaining.
TREND ALERT: Timber-grain cabinetry and concealed butler’s pantry
Maxine & Karstan: CONTEMPORARY ENTERTAINER
This light-filled kitchen produced by Maxine and Karstan ticks all the boxes for a stylish young couple or family who love to entertain.
Handle-less throughout, the fresh glossy colour palette of Royal Oyster and Graphite has resulted in a sleek, modern kitchen with neutral tones that is right on trend. Floating cabinetry and the perspex feature add a designer touch.
Well proportioned for the large, open space, the attached 52mm dining benchtop in Silestone® Cemento juxtaposes with the main worktop in 20mm Silestone® Yukon, and is an ideal feature for today’s partiality toward relaxed entertaining. Ample storage in the adjoining butler’s pantry make organisation in this kitchen a breeze.
TREND ALERT: Fixed entertaining bench and two-tone benchtops.
Simon and Shannon have combined varying textures and subtle detail in this strikingly industrial luxe kitchen.
The warmth of the Natural Oak timber cabinetry offsets the steely gloss cabinetry in Gun Metal and 60mm thick Silestone Nebula® Doradus benchtop, whilst the opulent run of gold metallic door fronts showcase this team’s ability to integrate subtle designer statements.
Chefs at heart will delight in the double oven feature, generous bench space and functional flow around the central island with windows at the adjacent bench presenting a cool café vibe.
TREND ALERT: Warm industrial colour palette of grey and timber plus metallic accents.
Darren & Deanne: MODERN CLASSIC
Darren and Deanne’s elegant kitchen is a classical masterpiece befitting a home in the Hamptons, bringing together a traditional colour scheme in an elegant setting.
Traditional style cabinetry in the dual colours of Natura Black and White Matt combine beautifully with a superb choice of marble and Silestone® in Blanco Zeus polished and suede finish, to achieve a sophisticated look, while the white interiors of the glass fronted cabinets and trio of glass pendants provide a modern twist.
Tall cabinetry taken to the ceiling, lit with vertical interior lighting, adds a sense of grandeur to this modest sized kitchen.
The integration of the study nook and butler’s pantry ensures this kitchen not only looks impressive, but functions brilliantly too.
TREND ALERT: Elegant Hamptons style with seamless indoor/outdoor flow.