Kitchen islands are one of the most popular kitchen options today. They can play a major role in the form and function of your kitchen floor plan. Kitchen islands not only provide workspace and storage – they are also a strong visual element of the design. As you contemplate an island for your kitchen, there are a number of design ideas to consider.
Kitchen islands are often located in the center of the room or as a divider between the kitchen and the dining/living areas in more open floor plans. If placed in the middle of the room, they create a simple, efficient food preparation. A central island anchors the room and provides convenient counter space on all directions. An island located on the edge of an open kitchen can be a great food prep area, but also a great casual dining space and family gathering point.
Islands serve many purposes. As we design your island, we’ll discuss several questions, including:
- Would you like to include any installed appliances like a cooktop, dishwasher or sink? If so, we’ll need to plan for plumbing and electricity for those devices.
- What type of storage do you want? Islands can provide significant new storage – especially for large pots and pans or countertop appliances like blenders and food processors.
- Would you like to include seating? If so, we’ll increase the size of the countertop and possibly create surfaces on multiple levels – for bar stools or higher chairs.
Your island deserves its own lighting. It will focus light on your work and showcase this new design feature. Some options to consider include:
- Pendant lighting – provides small, intimate pools of light that make an excellent design accent.
- Recessed lighting – offers a bright and functional space.
- Single larger light – adds visual appeal and excellent work lighting.
Adding an island to your new kitchen is a significant undertaking. A new island can transform your kitchen into a family gathering place and a convenient, efficient cooking space. Let our design team help bring your island dreams to life.