Published at Thursday, March 14th 2019. by Kal Kyllo in Kitchen Islands.
Kitchen islands are great for open floor plans. Placed directly in the center, such they can easily control incoming traffic at huge gatherings. They also include a raised eating area, a sink, dishwasher and drawers. It is also useful as a serving surface for large groups or a dining area for small gatherings.
For those remodeling and looking for an "open" feel where perhaps the wall or half wall separating the kitchen and the dining room is taken down, a strategically placed island acts as a subtle room divider mentally separating the kitchen from the dining room but with a much more open feel.
Maximize natural light by having windows and skylights, and keep kitchen wall surfaces light in color to reflect daylight. Custom kitchen islands work great by using pendant or recessed fixtures to direct light onto the kitchen island and other work areas. Electrical codes will likely require that electrical outlets be located on the sides of fixed kitchen islands, not on the top, to prevent electrical shock.
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.
As well as being a functional room for cooking and preparing meals, the kitchen can also be the central hub of many homes, and a place where a lot of entertaining takes place. During a kitchen renovation project, if you have the space, you may want to add a kitchen island. In this article, we will look more closely at some of the features that you can include when you install one in your kitchen.
If you have space to burn, installing an oversized island would be perfect for your home. In addition to all the features they comes with, these also make great dining tables for the entire family. They provide plenty of storage and functionality and typically come with a dishwasher, sink and cabinet space.
Hopefully, this article has given you plenty of ideas as to how a kitchen island can enhance your kitchen as well as your home. Before you commence your kitchen renovation project, you should visit your local home improvement store so that you can get an idea of what type of Kitchen Island is better suited to your kitchen.
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