Style & Function in a Kitchen Island

Style & Function in a Kitchen Island

It’s no secret that the kitchen has become the social center of the home. If you don’t have a kitchen island, incorporating one into this gathering area can improve food preparation and make guests more comfortable. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating the space you’re in, having extra storage and additional seating is a great addition to any kitchen.

Choosing Your Island Style

Before making the decision to add an island, some planning is required. Evaluate how the cabinets will fit into your layout and consider what problems will be solved.

Do you want an island that has a sink, cooktop or other appliance in it? Could you benefit from additional seating? Are you interested in creative storage solutions? Once you determine specifics, you can design an island that will suit your needs and bring a fresh look to your kitchen.

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If you want your island to be the focal point of the kitchen, consider increasing its size, designing a unique shape, or making the cabinet color differ from the rest. Having a contrast of neutral perimeter cabinets against a dark or colorful island will bring visual interest to the room.

If the island will be your kitchen’s centerpiece, highlight it with surrounding cabinetry, lighting, and other features. Choose a countertop material that will enhance the design while also meeting your cooking and entertaining needs.

Making Room for an Island

Lastly, make sure your island fits well in your kitchen by considering how it will affect the way you move around the room. Remember that cabinet and appliance doors need proper clearance in order to open while still allowing room for friends and family to circulate.

Designing your island with a flow of activity in mind will make a great difference. Proper space planning increases your comfort and safety and adds to the longevity of your cabinetry and appliances.

Islands are prominent features in many new and remodeled homes. With proper planning, thoughtful design and the right materials, an island can bring both style and function to your kitchen. For help creating the kitchen of your dreams, contact us.