Elizabeth B. Gibbons. Kitchen Islands. December 09th , 2017.
Numerous functions of a kitchen island allows for the expansion of a kitchens counter and storage space. It can also sometimes provide extra seating and eating space in the kitchen. A large kitchen can accommodate an island that has amenities such as a sink, deep cabinets or a stove top.
The homeowner can also choose to design the island to match the rest of the kitchen. The same counter tops and cabinet stain color can be used to achieve this. However, if the materials or colors used for the rest of the kitchen cabinetry are unique, the homeowner may have trouble finding a correct match for the island. Islands that match the theme of the rest of the area give the room a classic look. A matching kitchen island looks like it was part of the original installation and is good for a homeowner that doesn`t want the piece to look like a later addition to the room.
Consider legs or feet on the island but execute it well. Legs should be sturdily connected with an apron much like a typical table. Feet can be individual feet or a furniture style arched cutout. Hint: If budget constraints do not allow for a complete remodel of your existing space, think about simply replacing the island and island tops and paint the perimeter cabinetry. This can get you much further on a smaller budget and you can have a well designed island. Replace the other cabinetry when you have additional funds.
Kitchen islands with seating are definitely one of the best kitchen ideas. Whether you doing new construction or kitchen remodeling, adding seating to the islands can benefit you in many ways.
Ok, let`s say an island is going to work well for your design. Now let`s move on to making it the envy of the neighborhood! Here are some suggestions for adding increased utility and original personality. Think about the seating. Do you need seating? If so, how many seats. Rule of thumb is 24 inches per diner but if you have smaller bar stools or smaller diners i.e. children...then you can fudge this a little. Don`t crowd it. One level or two? One level is best for entertaining and maximizing the work space. The space can double as a serving area when not used as seating. Hint: if one level works for you and you have a sink in the island, install an air switch for the disposal. This is a small flat button that is installed in the countertop and is far better than cutting into your side panels with a switch, or worse, having to open the cabinet door to turn it on. Try very had to have one slab of stone, granite or other solid countertop material if one level island. Seams are a no-no. I repeat, no seams. If you want two levels, then that is fine, if it works. Hint: Don`t buy into the conventional idea that the 6 inches of raised bar "hides" anything. It does not. No one is fooled into thinking the kitchen...is not really a kitchen. Make the island different than the rest of the kitchen. Try different cabinetry materials or different countertops, but not both. Or, think about two islands in one with two different, yet complementary materials such as the wood and copper in above picture.
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