Kitchen Tiles & Benchtops to transform your kitchen into a beating heart of your home!”
Because kitchens are explicitly functional spaces, their success is inextricably tied to the products – appliances, tapware, surfaces, ceramics – you choose for them. But of course, we expect more than mere functionality.
The kitchen has become the beating heart of the modern home, an open space designed to work seamlessly and look great while it’s at it! And the bathroom? Well, more often it’s bathrooms, with ensuites and powder rooms seemingly at every turn. We take these expectations with us, too, to shopping centres, offices, public buildings, everywhere.
Designing Home Kitchens With Tiles & Benchtops
Our kitchen tiles and tops will make the difference. The old house-party cliché about your wallflower friends hiding away in the kitchen doesn’t make sense anymore, because the kitchen now takes centre stage in the modern home. And with this glamourous new role comes new demands on appearance and functionality. Kitchen cupboards, for example, are no longer just kitchen cupboards, they’re a highly visible part of the furniture and fittings in an open-plan living space. The choice of a timber veneer like poplar plywood, say, must consider colour, building material and furniture selections in adjoining lounge and dining areas.
This is especially true for the kitchen island bench, which has become a hub around which daily life mills, where meals are prepared and eaten, laptops are perched, keys are plonked and, at parties, finger food and drinks are laid out. As a result, the options for kitchen benchtop material have become highly varied and, for some, vexing! There are laminate benchtops, mouldable acrylic benchtops, concrete slab benchtops, porcelain benchtops, quartz surfaces and more, all differentiated by durability, aesthetics and cost.
Of course, a kitchen benchtop isn’t typically a flat, uninterrupted surface. It accommodates kitchen sinks, tapware and cooktops, and the choices available for these products reflect two common and distinct kitchen design directions: minimalism and expressed functionality. The minimalist approach relies on simplicity of form and concealment of appliances and clutter – for example, an induction cooktop sitting flush with the benchtop, a sculptural spout over a single centre-bowl undermount sink, a built-in oven and integrated dishwasher, and joinery with a concealed hinge system, lift system and soft-closing drawer system that doesn’t require handles or pulls.
At the other end of the spectrum is the kitchen that celebrates the central role that cooking now occupies in modern Australia. Here we might find a swivel-spout sink mixer over a stainless steel sink, a prominent dual-fuel cooker or combi-steam oven, a French-door refrigerator (or even a glass-door refrigerator, for those brave enough to put that on public display!), a built-in coffee machine, a kitchen chute and kitchen recycling system, and overhead, a stainless steel island rangehood that knowingly references the utilitarian style of a commercial kitchen. (Materiality plays a significant role in expressing functionality, with stainless steel and chrome the classic choices.)
Both of these kitchen themes especially using our RMS kitchen tiles & tops can be augmented with premium inclusions, such as wine fridges, dish warming drawers, and instant boiling water, chilled filtered tapwater and sparkling filtered water dispensers. You know, the kinds of things that will find you shepherding all of your party guests straight to the kitchen!
Just remember, not everyone loves talking about kitchens. For some, the thought of vacillating between acrylic splashbacks and aluminium splashbacks, or between a gas cooktop or an electric cooktop, is just plain wearying! If that’s you, the best solution might be to install a kitchen system. These range from flat-pack kitchenettes to high-end kitchen design systems customised to your space and requirements, so all you have to do is send out the invitations and prepare the hors d’oeuvres.