Landra Schuster. Kitchen Islands. April 26th , 2020.
Kitchen islands are critical components in any kitchen. A multipurpose surface, they allow prep work, cooking, eating, working, and entertaining. For that reason, they’re also one of the most requested features in homes, both in purchases and renovations, but kitchen islands can vary tremendously in size and style, and aren’t right for every home.
If you’re looking to make a statement in your kitchen, installing a Silver Wave marble waterfall island is a sure-fire way to do it. The bold addition gives this simple kitchen an element of sophistication, while bringing the playful pendant chandelier’s colours to life. Traditional French doors contrast the heavy grey and walnut palette, adding airiness to the interior.
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Some islands are more for eating or socializing. These islands can be bar height or table height and usually have countertop overhangs to sit at. One think to consider, though: if you use your island for seating, consider a wood counter top. Stone is a cold surface for sitting at.
Eating at a kitchen island has become as common as cooking in the kitchen itself. Whether it’s a meal on the go or an intimate, lingering dinner for two, with the right design, the island can be both a convenient and beautiful place to dine. Rule #1: To add sophistication to the island, lower an area of the counter to normal table height. Your dining-chair options will open up tremendously, and you’ll have created a cozy nook to nosh.
If you’re considering a new kitchen or renovation, it’s important to think about how you envision using the island, given other factors that might be at play in the kitchen. For example, a kitchen island typically requires about 36” between the edge of the island and the edge of the countertop, so an island is unlikely to work well in a very long, narrow kitchen. If you’re planning on having multiple people working in the kitchen at once, then 42” to 48” should be your goal. This also goes for spaces around appliances like a sink, stove, or dishwasher, so if you’d like to integrate a sink into the island, you’ll want to plan accordingly.
A U-shaped island is even bigger. This provides even more space but is also one of the largest styles. You probably won’t see this style in a standard-sized house.
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