Islands are the hearth of the kitchen: a place for you and guests to gather around. It’s an important piece to consider if your kitchen has room for one. When we say island, we’re talking about a square or rectangular piece of cabinetry free-floating in the middle of your kitchen. If it’s connected to the main cabinetry or a wall, then it’s more of peninsula. While this post is all about islands, you can still consider these ideas for your peninsula if that’s all your kitchen space allows.
Islands are a great way to ground your kitchen design, making it feel whole and connected. Functionally, it also provides more surface, storage, and overall utility. From a style standpoint, it’s also a space to add design accents. For all those reasons, take time to consider how you want to design yours and get more informed on what your options are for it. Fall in love with your current or future kitchen island with these popular island ideas:
You might be thinking: wouldn’t the island countertop be exactly the same as the other cabinet countertops? It doesn’t have to be. Don’t be afraid to use a different countertop on your island. Our customer kitchens showcase some unique and eye-pleasing ways to mix up the countertops. There are also some other features to consider:
Like we mentioned before, the island is a canvas for your personal design style. It doesn’t have to match the rest of the kitchen, and in fact, it’s becoming a popular design trend to have an island that doesn’t match. It can be color, style, or other unique touches that make a mark in your kitchen.
Do you want any kind of appliances or fixtures in your island? Think about how the island can serve a command center for all your kitchen operations. What part of your kitchen do you use the most? Maybe that part should be on the island, where it’s easier to access.
Due to their nature, islands are deep spaces that provide a lot of room for storage. So make sure your island is using ALL of it. Many islands we see don’t actually use the space to its full potential, and that’s one of the things we help our homeowners fix in their new kitchen designs.
Who says you have to stand around the kitchen island when you’re entertaining? Whether you island is counter-height or bar-height, add a row of chairs to one side for you and your guests.
What does your kitchen island look like in your mind’s eye? We can help you envision the perfect one and bring it to life.
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