Kitchen Island Designs
More than ever kitchen islands become popular. Whenever the size permits it, islands are the perfect way of combining usability with design aspects. Whether you put it along a single row kitchen cabinets lineup or together with an L-shape kitchen, the island will be the heart of the entire room.
A kitchen island can be a great way to add storage and work space to a kitchen without taking up extra foot space. How is that possible? If you get an island that is on wheels, then you can simply roll it out of the way when you need the space, or you can put it in the center of your kitchen to help prepare a big meal. When you choose your island, be sure to choose one with real work space on it in the form of cutting board slabs and even countertop space that you can use to get the job done. For an additional convenience, you should look into an island that is easy to clean, as an island will become the central focus of your kitchen and the place where items accumulate.
Your other option with an island is to have one permanently installed in the center of your kitchen. The advantage of a permanent island is that you can run power and water to it without having to lay down hoses and wires that people can trip over. An island installed in the center of your kitchen can be a clean way to add some character to your kitchen, and expand your work area. You could consider having a countertop installed on your permanent island that is different from your cabinet countertops, but still matches the decor.
What to include in the kitchen island
- Oven – One of the largest components of any kitchen island is an oven. Whether it is a gas or electrical one is up to you, but it will determine a possible cut out into the island counter.
- Kitchen exhaust hood - in the middle of the room
- Think about whether you want a stand-alone hood or nicely covered perhaps with a kitchen cupboard. You should also think about an electric connection for it.
- Space - A minimum space between the kitchen islands and the kitchen cabinets should be given. Here at least 45 inches (110 cm) works best. Consider the kitchen draws and door open when you analyze the pathway you have.
- Lights - Very important for any island is good lightning. You really want the island to be well illuminated.
- Electric - Along with your kitchen island goes the perfect place for additional sockets to plug in any kitchen appliance. Also think about adding switches for any lightning in this area.
- Storage and Shelves - It always looks nice to have cookbooks and perhaps a television placed on the top of a kitchen at the cupboard. But keep in mind the steam and grease around the oven which is not very easy to clean. Even the best kitchen exhaust hood will not take away all the dirt. As a rule of thumb - on the oven-side install closed cupboards on the counter side install open cupboards.
- Material for the island counter - The first and most obvious decision will be to use the same material for the counter of the island as used for the kitchen counter. However you could certainly think about different materials, just to give it a more interesting look. Marble, tile, poured cement and solid wood kitchen tops work very well with all sorts of kitchen islands.
Finally, before deciding on any kind of kitchen make sure you are certain about the shape. Apart of the traditional rectangle and square once, the rounded or even oval island can bring new life to your entire room. So think about a symmetrical or asymmetrical shape and have your kitchen designer made drawings of various options. All in all if you plan it well you will find that the kitchen island will become the center of the kitchen.