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Last night, The Block contestants revealed their most challenging rooms yet, impressing the judges with the use of cool colour palettes and subtle design features to create a real impact in their kitchens. With all five couples opting for neutral, clean designs for their kitchen reveals, the subtle touches were what made each space stand out from the next, with hidden artwork, faint brickwork and hints of copper making a big impact on the judges.
Kingi and Caro won over the judges in this season’s kitchen reveal, creating a cool space with a unique urban style. The couple wowed the judges with their bold graffiti splash back design on the inner surface of their island, bringing blue back into the kitchen.
As seen in The Good Guys Kitchens on The Block, quartz surface specialists, Cosentino worked with the couples to create modern, functional kitchens which flow seamlessly with the rest of the apartment and suit The Block’s up-market South Yarra location.
This season’s teams chose from the diverse range of colours and textures in Cosentino’s Silestone product range. From the beautiful white tone of Silestone Blanco Zeus to the shady grey nature of Silestone Cemento Spa, each space captures the latest kitchen trends while also reflecting the team’s personal style.
Gary Isherwood, Area Manager for Cosentino Australia, said: “The Block contestants had their work cut out for them with this season’s set being an iconic octagonal shaped building in Melbourne’s South Yarra location. With such a challenge, it’s great to see that each team were able to bring both functionality and style into each renovation. The contestants have nailed it for future home owners as they’ll be able to rely on their kitchens to stay beautiful for years to come.”
Neale Whitaker, Cosentino ambassador and judge on The Block said, “Kitchen week is always my favourite week on The Block. The couples have been planning their kitchens (and budgeting for them) since week one, so it’s usually the week when you see their masterplans really start to take shape. For me the kitchen is the heart of each apartment and I believe it is for buyers too. Real estate guru John McGrath claims that ‘kitchens and bathrooms sell houses’ and he’s right. The kitchens in this series certainly didn’t disappoint. The couples’ surface choices from the Silestone range gave each kitchen a uniquely luxurious and contemporary profile.”
The Block kitchens:
- Kingi and Caro created an urban chic look for their kitchen with the use of bold yet earthy tones. The couple transformed the remaining alcove into butler’s nook that is positioned out of sight from guests. The couple chose the crisp tones of Silestone Blanco Zeus with a Suede finish to add depth and texture to their stylish kitchen.
- Whitney and Andy designed a stunning Scandinavian inspired kitchen with an industrial twist. The Scandi palette of Silestone in White Storm is beautifully complemented with Ballina Natural Oak timber-grain. The Silestone White Storm bench top has a suede finish and a unique angled edge, providing a contrast to the Silestone Lyra island bench top.
- Voni and Suzi created a sleek and moody kitchen, a true entertainer’s delight. With matt black dominating the monochrome colour palette, Silestone benchtops in various colours, textures and thickness lighten the mood and add a real sense of luxury. Particularly noteworthy is the Carbono with its sparkle effect and integrated sink, befitting this show-stopping kitchen. The team’s use of Helix in Suede finish for their island adds a finishing touch of luxury.
- Light and bright, Ebony and Luke’s kitchen is a contemporary classic; beautifully blending the old with the new. The Silestone benchtop in Ariel is cleverly angled to complement the shape of the room which completes this calm and tranquil space. Removing a wall allowed them to open their kitchen space, achieving a great sense of flow to the dining and living areas.
- Shay and Dean, who bravely switched their kitchen and living rooms around, have a contemporary kitchen with the entertainer in mind. The modern kitchen colour palette is an on-trend blend of black, white and timber grain featuring contrasting benchtops in Blanco Orion on the island and Cemento Spa with a suede finish.
Cosentino’s innovative range of stone, quartz and recycled surfaces offers a range of stylish colour tones and modern finishes. Highly resistant to stains, knocks and scratches, Cosentino’s surfaces are the perfect choice for living spaces like the kitchen, to ensure each room will look perfect come auction day and beyond.
Silestone® by Cosentino products selected by this season’s contestants consist of more than 90% natural quartz, with the weight and feel of natural stone. Available in more than 60 colours, Silestone® by Cosentino is the stylish and durable surface choice for any renovation. Exclusive bacteriostatic technology provides extra hygiene protection, making it one of the most hygienic surfaces on the market.