Kitchen Island – Popular Necessity
A kitchen island has become a common choice in home design. Kitchens are often designed around them, in part due to the change in people’s lifestyles and in interior home design.
Casual entertaining, informal dining, open-space home design, and multi-use kitchen arrangements all make free-standing kitchen islands, portable carts, and cooking and serving workstations more popular.
Almost Too Many Choices
There are many choices of styles and functions for kitchen workstations, and a number of design considerations need to be made as well.
Contemporary island and cart styles, hip or avant garde, country, and traditional styles are all popular, but buyers can often customize the design with a different top, or choose different materials and finishes that match, contrast, or complement existing decor among the most popular being white, red, wood and steel.
Materials range from granite to copper to stainless steel to oak and many more, and many manufacturers design their islands and carts using combinations of metal, wood and stone or tile.
You’ll want to decide on the shape and height of the island in your new kitchen, and you’ll need to determine how much room you’ll need around it for cooking, storage, traffic flow, and so on.
If your kitchen design is for an open area, for example, a long fully-functional island with cooking surface or sink might be the best design.
If your kitchen is small, a free-standing cart with butcher block and additional storage could be better.
An island has to serve a practical function, as well. It might provide bar or counter seating, a serving or preparation area for entertaining, or as a computer station when the kitchen becomes an office.
Whatever its use, consider plumbing, lighting over the island, outlets – at least one on each end of the island, storage shelves, and other island features that make it as useful as it is good looking.