THE BLOCK: Kitchens you have to see to believe

The beating heart of any home is undoubtedly the kitchen, it’s also the room everyone has been anticipating in this season of The Block, Editor of PropertyUpdate.com.au Liz Rudenko, takes a look at some of the highlights.FullSizeRender

The is so much to look forward to when it comes to kitchen week on the The Block…

What splash-back will they use?

What will be the point of difference?

Will it be an entertainers kitchen?

What colour pallet will they use?

Whilst the lead up didn’t disappoint in terms of drama, there were more wow factors on reveal day than any week thus far.

And so the highlights…

One half of the winning kitchens this week went to Karlie and Will – and well deserved it was since there was so much to love about this kitchen.the-block-2016-karlie-and-will-living-room-with-breakfast-bar

The first major point of difference was using a black theme, mixed with soft timber tones – whilst black has the potential to be too heavy for a kitchen, mixing in the timber certainly soften the look.

The colour pallet creates an ultra modern and sophisticated finish.

My favourite part of the room is the breakfast bar, which extends from the bench-top, the small detail adds another level to this kitchen, creating both a family and entertainment vibe.

The second half of the winning Kitchens, Dan and Carleen, created a soft and warm vibe with their room, using timer as their main colour pallet.

The standout feature in this kitchen has to be the different use of lighting.

When creating ambiance in any room it’s amazing how much difference lighting can make.the-block-2016-dan-and-carleen-kitchen-with-large-pendant

The lighting underneath the bench-top created a golden tone, adding another level of warmth to the kitchen, whilst the ‘bling’ lamp above the bench-top added that little sense of luxury that you would expect in a South Melbourne apartment.

If anyone knows luxury on The Block – it’s Sasha and Julia; and their kitchen represent that in spades.

Stepping in (even virtually through the television) one gasps from excitement.

The white cabinetry and island bench exudes luxury and creates a spacious, light feel.

I particularly love the lighting throughout the cabinetry.the-block-2016-julia-and-sasha-kitchen-with-gold-stools

The eye is immediately drawn to the bar fridge – no doubt this is a serious entertainers kitchen.

The styling as always is on point, pops of color to compliment a clean canvas.

The golden touches through the kitchen in the sink and bench chairs tie in beautifully to the rest of their apartment – and pay subtle homage to Art Deco.

A kitchen that definitely thought outside the box belonged to Andy and Ben.

The color of their cabinetry definitely creates a modern feel, and ties in beautifully to their living space.

The size of their bench certainly gives new meaning to ‘the bigger the better’ – it’s easy to imagine a room filled with guests standing around this sleek and spacious kitchen.

The finale is nearing…

What does every apartment need to complete it’s look?

An outside entertainment area of course.

The sky’s the limit to what the Blockheads could have in store next week.



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