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Choosing the Hero of Your New Kitchen Design

The advent of minimalist kitchen design has paved the way for careful curation of a single, well-considered ‘hero’ for the space. The idea of a kitchen design hero is that, instead of implementing a number of design features that compete for your attention, the homeowner chooses one feature that does the heavy lifting, design-wise. Your kitchen hero can be anything from a stone island bench that commands centre stage, or a bright mosaic splashback with colours that break up the monotony of plain cabinetry. Choosing the hero piece of your kitchen takes a lot of consideration, so continue reading for our favourite heroes and how to style them.


Island bench

Perhaps the most obvious choice for a kitchen hero, the island is also the feature that commands the most attention in a space. Choose the material well and you can have a striking architectural piece in the centre of your kitchen. 


Besides being an artful centrepiece, an island bench also makes a functional and well-thought addition to the kitchen as it acts as a preparation, eating and storage space. Ever popular is the choice to forgo any installations in your island bench, to create a sleek prep space devoid of anything to draw the eye away from the design features of the bench itself. This requires a kitchen with a greater surface area, where you can install the cooking, cleaning and storage areas together in a row on the back wall.



A feature splashback is a great way to draw attention away from the parts of your kitchen that don’t necessarily need it, like appliances or plain cabinetry. When choosing the material for your splashback, opt for a title or glass that will complement the colours in the rest of your design, but still make a statement. An example of a striking yet simple hero splashback is a hexagonal or herringbone-laid marble tile.


Another way to get the effect of a high-quality, standout feature splashback without the price tag is to simply use a contrasting grout colour. Pairing plain white subway tiles with black grout makes a monochromatic statement in the kitchen, and the way you stack the tiles can also affect the impact the splashback has on the kitchen’s overall design.  



Installing feature pendant lighting above your kitchen island is another option for your hero piece. Lighting can often be forgotten during the design process, and when it comes to choosing lights, options can become limited by kitchen design choices and budget constraints. For this reason, it’s important to have lighting close to the top of your kitchen renovation checklist.


It’s important when shopping for lighting that you choose a fitting that will stand out whilst still marrying up design-wise with the rest of your kitchen. You also want to choose a light fitting that won’t age, so it’s worth the investment. Some key things to consider when purchasing a feature light fitting are colour, material and size. Look for colours and styles that promote a sense of uniformity across the home. Don’t forget, this is your hero piece, so it shouldn’t match perfectly with the rest of your space. 


Your kitchen hero piece can be the one item that influences you above all else to renovate your kitchen. It may also be the final piece of the puzzle, a considered purchase that takes some time to decide on and makes your kitchen complete. Whether you begin your renovation journey with your hero chosen, or need help deciding on one, the experienced team at Apollo Kitchens has the knowledge and skills to make it a good fit for your home. 


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