Published at Monday, March 18th 2019. by Luvia Jarvinen in Kitchen Islands.
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.
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.
Include a ventilation hood overhead to eliminate smoke, steam and cooking odors if your kitchen island is going to have a cooktop. The range hood should extend beyond the cooking area by 3 inches or more on the sides for proper ventilation. Using the correct fan size will ensure that removal happens as intended. Have a fan capacity of about 50 cubic feet per minute (cfm) for each square foot of cooktop area.
Islands can "float" as well. Smaller islands used primarily as an aid in cooking or baking can be fitted with wheels and moved around the kitchen as needed to aid in cooking. Whether you consider a floating island will probably depend on what you have installed on the floor now, or plan to install (a soft wood will be nicked and scratched).
Lack of adequate workspace is the bane of modern-day kitchens. And so, countless innovative, groundbreaking kitchen islands ideas are conceptualized every day, in an attempt to make contemporary kitchen spaces more efficient and organized.
However, if you are remodeling your kitchen, you must keep the originality of your kitchen and only apply essential elements from the new design that you have chosen, such as only adding stools but keeping other things, or perhaps only rearranging the position of the elements of the existing island. You should also investigate the benefits of kitchen islands with seating and how to achieve it.
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