The kitchen island can make a powerful visual impression and is often the main focal point in a kitchen design. The addition of one and sometimes even two islands if the space allows, continues to be an important aspect of our kitchen designs. Some families tend to eat at the island for a casual meal, while others want it to have loads of storage and function for meal prep and entertaining.
Some things to consider when customizing your kitchen design to incorporate an island that best expresses your personal style and function needs are:
Give your kitchen island a pop with color
Color can be a delightful way to express your personality or style.
This kitchen continues to be one of our most popular kitchens with its pop of blue in its island and seating for their three children to do their homework while mom is preparing after school snacks.
Experiment with a different sized kitchen island
An unexpected size is a design decision that brings visual significance to the room.
This kitchen renovation we completed shows an island that is almost 10’ long and allows for the tile to be showcased and accommodates a larger hood. A large island is the perfect choice for homeowners who love to entertain or who often share the kitchen together in cooking or baking.
Add a beverage center to your kitchen island
Kitchens are often the hub for entertaining.
This kitchen not only utilized a beverage center built into the island, but we also designed a stainless countertop to further distinguish it in this kitchen. This kitchen opens into additional living spaces and is easily accessible for the entertainer as well as the kids coming in from the pool.
Add multiple kitchen islands
Why have one island when you can have two? If space allows, two islands with differing functions allows for improved function and entertaining spaces.
In this kitchen, we removed a wall that separated the dining room from the kitchen, opening up the space not only to improve the size of the kitchen, but also to improve the traffic flow and functionality. There is now an island for meal prep and an island with kitchen seating, that serves as a buffet and additional countertop space for rolling out those Christmas cookies with the grandkids.
Kitchen islands are not only versatile and functional but are useful additions to any kitchen and can make life in the kitchen much easier. They provide increased counter space, seating and additional storage and are one of the most sought-after additions to most kitchens we design. Designing a kitchen island takes careful planning and proper execution. The idea is to combine form and function elegantly to design a kitchen/island that suits the specific needs and aesthetic for your home.