The popular TV series The Block is bound to give viewers a myriad of clever and thought-provoking ideas about kitchen design and decoration.
Here are a few of the main inclusions in the kitchens of the five contestants in the 2013 Sky High series.
Level 5: Trixie and Johnno
With striking, white cuboid-effect splashback tiles and crisp white surfaces, this kitchen made a stylish statement but also exuded a warmth with its inclusion of timber, a vertical herb garden and dual, off-set pendant lights over the island bench. An inbuilt dining table perpendicular to and slightly lower than, the main island, was complemented by an integrated study nook/bar area off the kitchen, making this a very family-friendly, functional yet stunning space. Maybe this kitchen can give you ideas for your own renovation.
Level 4: Madi and Jarrod
Aiming for more of an industrial look but with softer touches such a timber floors so it still felt like a home, this kitchen incorporated an unusual dual cylindrical range hood as its standout statement and feature over the dual ovens and cooktop. Large, textured concrete wall tiles from Italy and a fun piece of centrally-placed art added style appeal. With minimal clutter, no cabinetry handles and a butler’s pantry, this kitchen nailed sleek and modern.
Level 3: Bec and George
Pitched to be a real entertainers’ kitchen, this space offered not only a great cooking area but came complete with a large, dedicated bar. A mirrored splashback aimed to cleverly reflect city views, offset by large soft-grey ceramic wall tiles and a bright vintage poster. With no handles on cabinetry, the look was slick but a vertical stand of earthy terracotta herb pots and coloured bar stools at the stone island bench added that warm, personal touch. Lots of great ideas here!
Level 2: Matt and Kym
With their trademark textured concrete walls, bright pink, contemporary artwork and funky wooden pendant light, this kitchen spoke of individual style. A butler’s pantry and minimalist cabinetry were balanced out perfectly by the warmth of oak kickers and timber bar stools. An expanse of backlit, frosted glass cupboards provided a real wow statement, and an enormous wine rack and drinks fridge set the tone for easy entertaining.
Level 1: Alyssa and Lysandra
This ultimate cook’s kitchen – with four sinks, four ovens and built-in coffee maker – also offered a scullery plus a large walk-in pantry and adjacent study area. Concrete benchtops, integrated appliances and a mirrored splashback contrasted superbly with floorboards, stools and a light fitting in timber. Touches such as indoor garden shelves and an instant boiling water/carbonated water tap provided finishing touches to this luxury kitchen.
If you’re inspired by the ideas in any of these kitchens, or simply looking for ideas to make your kitchen more beautiful and functional, contact the team at Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms in Melbourne for their design expertise.