Published at Friday, February 14th 2020. by Hannah Genesis in Kitchen Furniture.
Cabinets in the body of the island can be used to store less frequently used appliances while open shelving filled with cookbooks or linen and towels can enhance the look of the entire kitchen.
Countertop material for the island does not have to match the rest of your kitchen countertops as long as it is harmonious with the rooms overall design. You may want to splurge on solid surfacing here, for example, and use laminate on the other countertops. A butcher block countertop is ideal for chopping, while granite or marble works well for baking purposes and for rolling pastry dough.
With the work surface and its appliances and fixtures at a lower level, a section of the island can be made to be a raised dining surface. Using a surface material more akin to that of a table top creates a real division between that and the workspace, with different colors also helping to keep work separate to leisure.
Despite being a single installation, a well designed kitchen island can fulfill multiple roles. One of the best ways to make this as seamless as possible is to choose a multilevel design.
Island living may be the dream, but installing a kitchen island is a reality that is available to even those with smaller kitchens. In helping to extend the workspace, providing an additional dining area and bring more storage options, there is a lot more to a kitchen island than meets the eye.
Why do you wish to add a an island at the center of your kitchen in the first place? Is it for extra storage? Or to hold a cook top, or a kitchen table even? The purpose of having a kitchen island is a crucial factor as far as the design is concerned. Take for instance if you intend to put kitchen appliances in it, making the island as a storage wont be ideal. Or if the island is primarily intended for cooking, the countertop you should use much be able to withstand hot pans and pots.
These tips are great to consider when designing a kitchen island, but it is always OK to stray away from these tips in order to create a personalized piece for your space. Consider your type of lifestyle and the goals for your kitchen space then go from there! It is important to consider the costs you are willing to spend on this new kitchen addition, as well as creating a cohesive and functional design. Most importantly, have fun when designing this new piece and you wont go wrong.
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