Published at Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Kitchen Islands. By Jakki Kotila.
We are often asked if the countertop of the island needs to match the existing kitchen countertop in style, or what will be installed as the main kitchen countertop. In most homes I would say it does match, but it really does not have to at all, nor does the material need to be the same. In fact, if you are not going to match them up exactly it's better if it looks like you are not even trying to match them, so using a completely different color and surface is perfectly acceptable.
As homes continue to evolve, the importance of an efficient kitchen is becoming more and more apparent. Kitchen islands are very handy to have in a kitchen. Even though they are not a must have, they take a kitchen to a completely new level when it comes to maximum utilization of the entire kitchen space. They add an attractive look and also provide people with the ease of food preparation and versatility.
Plan the height of your cabinet appropriately. Since most islands will have at least two stools or chairs pulled up to the surface, you may want to think about the seating or stools first. There are two kinds of bar stools with one being much higher than the other. Unless the island will be used primarily for family eating, there really are no hard and fast rules on height. It does not have to match the height of the kitchen cabinet, but often does. If it is not going to match it should be taller in most cases.
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