Engelbertina Neumann. Kitchen Islands. April 27th , 2020.
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.
From creating more counter space to adding additional seating, we’ve selected a few different kitchen island ideas that will help you get the most out of it. Choose one or combine multiple of the design elements below to create the feature that works best in your room.
Keep it simple while adding value by using an island to significantly increase the amount of counter space in your kitchen. Having more counter space adds obvious benefits: more room for meal prep, multiple chefs and can serve as an eating area. Create contrast by using a different material or color for the island counters than you did in the rest of the room. If your regular countertops are white quartz, try black or a dark stained wood for the island.
This surface allows you to prepare bulky items like dough, or transfer foods from the oven to cool before serving. Its height is usually at the waist level or higher.
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.
Multiple-level islands are all the rage, and for good reason: They’re great at hiding mealprep messes. Actually, the art of disguise isn’t the only reason for a multilevel island. If designed effectively, you also can incorporate different surface materials, such as a marble top for rolling out pie dough, a butcher-block area for chopping veggies and a granite topped space for placing hot pans. Varying heights and surfaces add function and dimension to your kitchen’s design.
In terms of the width of an island, that also depends on how you’re planning on using it, and what utilities you may want to incorporate. A typical countertop is 24” deep, and this goes for a basic kitchen island with no seating as well. However, if you’re incorporating appliances like a cooktop into the island, you should add a minimum of 8” to this depth; most designers usually assume about 36” to 42” in depth for an island, but this can vary based on the size of the kitchen and planned use. In terms of length, the average size of a kitchen island is about 3’ by 6.5’, but this can always vary.
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