Francesca Rizzo. Kitchen Island. September 30th , 2020.
Countertop material for the island doesn`t have to match the rest of your kitchen countertops as long as it is harmonious with the room`s overall design. You may want to splurge on solid surfacing here, for example, and use laminate on the other countertops. A butcher-block countertop is ideal for chopping, while granite or marble works well for baking purposes and for rolling pastry dough.
In order to make a kitchen island work, you need a fairly large kitchen space to ensure enough space around the island to move freely. If your space is large enough to accommodate an island, then a kitchen island will provide more counter space and more storage space. In an extremely large kitchen you can create two separate work triangles, or reduce the size of the main work triangle, increasing the efficiency of your design. To help you with the design element of incorporating an island an experienced designer`s input will be invaluable. The arrangement of the appliances and service supplies may change when you add an island to your design.
The kitchen island as a stand-alone platform in the middle of the kitchen provides convenience and efficiency by creating more workspace. When the island is located in the center of the kitchen more space in automatically created.
Besides meal preparation, the kitchen can become a gathering area for family and friends if there is enough space. Since so much happens in the kitchen on a regular basis, getting the layout right is important. The kitchen island can serve as an additional eating area, and food preparation can easily be done there. In a large kitchen, the kitchen island can shorten the distances within the working triangle (sink, refrigerator, and range or cooktop) and make it more efficient.
Kitchen Islands can have some additional design options like breakfast bars and installed appliances which can achieve the `triangle` design of sink-stove-refrigerator that is considered one of the top kitchen design ideas.
With the different levels, materials, and appliances that are all used to create a kitchen island, why stop with just one? Adding multiple islands creates not one, but two or more focal points for your kitchen. Multiple islands could be connected or remain separated in your kitchen to give yourself additional countertop space, gathering areas, and more. Putting an island on wheels is another way to make the island convenient, and is a perfect idea for people who love to entertain and need a space that can change in an instant.
What of ready-to-install kitchen islands? As much as possible, do not buy this type of kitchen island no matter how avant-garde they may look because they may not match your overall kitchen and home decor and you will end up spending more than necessary or become dejected because one part of the house does not complement the rest!
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