Islands have become the norm in new kitchens for good reason. They are multi-taskers, capable of storing pots and pans, concealing appliances, serving as an anchor of the work triangle and taking the place of the kitchen table.
Islands are especially useful in kitchens with open floor plans, and can open up a dialogue between the kitchen and the living room, the cook and the guests.
To show some specifics of just what a kitchen island can do, we can design different island possibilities for the same kitchen. Look at them from a distance, pull in for a close-up, and check out a different angle. The kitchen island is a functional and necessary addition to many kitchen space, but the idea is to choose a kitchen island style that fits the overall design of a space. That means counter-top surfaces, colors and accessories are all factors to consider when choosing your kitchen island style.
Your needs and tastes will help determine what kind of island you should have. In a smaller space, you’ll get minimum storage, convenience, and a neat appearance if you specify cabinets on both sides of the kitchen island so that dishes can be stashed or removed from either side.
For a stylish, freestanding-furniture look that’s especially at home in traditional settings, specify an island with table legs and a low shelf for open display and storage.
The common kitchen principle of extending every counter top at least an inch beyond the cabinets to prevent dribbling spills down cabinet fronts especially applies to islands.