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Maximising style and function - The Kitchen Island

Jan 16th, 2019 2:48 pm   
Bespoke designer kitchens can be the social hub of most homes, with families spending the majority of their time together in the kitchen area. If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen, then adding a kitchen island could be the perfect way to maximise style and function. Kitchen islands have soared in popularity over recent years and for good reason! They provide the ultimate multitasking space and are ideal for people wanting to turn their kitchen into an inviting social hub. Below, we are going to look at the main reasons why islands have become the ultimate kitchen design feature:

Additional storage space

If your kitchen is lacking storage area, then a kitchen island may solve this problem. Modern kitchen islands come in a variety of styles and offer the perfect multitasking space, with the option of additional drawers, cabinets, and pull-out shelves. The island is an extension of your existing kitchen area and offers additional space that doesn’t interfere with the main preparation area of the rest of the kitchen.

Casual seating area

The additional space provided by the island can also be used as a work zone or breakfast bar. This can act as an informal dining area or provide extra seating when entertaining guests. Adding bar stools offers comfortable, stylish seating in the centre of the social space, and allows interaction between you and your family or guests while cooking and preparing meals. It’s also a great place for kids to do homework or other activities and means that the whole family can be together while meals are being prepared, instead of everyone being in separate rooms of the house.

Extra room for appliances

Having a kitchen island allows you to improve your kitchens functionality. If you already have enough workspace, then you can use the extra space provided by a kitchen island to add additional amenities such as an extra sink or cooker top. Other items such as refrigerator drawers can also be integrated into your kitchen island to provide extra space to store food and to free up the rest of your kitchen space. You can have gas, electricity, and plumbing linked to your island, making the possibilities endless!

More electrical outlets

A kitchen island can be a great way to add more electrical outlets to improve the overall functionality of your kitchen. Considering you'll probably use the island as a cooking area, it's a good idea to install outlets near the top, so you can plug in whatever appliances you might need. It also means that people sitting at the kitchen island will be able to plug in and charge their phones or laptops.

Separate workstation

It is often the case that kitchens have so many useful appliances that there isn’t enough countertop space left for preparing food. One of the biggest advantages of a kitchen island is that it provides a separate workstation to prepare food without feeling restricted. This additional space can also be easily converted into a place to serve food.

Focal point within the kitchen area  

In addition to its practical uses, a kitchen island can also add visual appeal and highlight the overall style of your kitchen. Islands come in a wide variety of styles and can be custom designed with a range of stand-out features to provide a statement focal point within the kitchen area. A kitchen island will immediately capture the attention of guests and provide a welcoming gathering space for people to socialise.  Because it provides additional storage and counter space, a kitchen island can also increase the value of your property by adding something special to an otherwise typical kitchen.

Final thought

For many families, the kitchen is the heart of their home. If you’re thinking about having your kitchen remodeled, then it’s important to take the time to ensure that your new kitchen design uses its space as efficiently as possible and is specially designed to suit your family’s needs. A kitchen island is not only a beautiful and stylish way to update your kitchen and create a social space, but has a huge range of functional benefits as well!

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