A kitchen is the ‘heart of the home’. It’s certainly one of the its busiest places and a real hub for many families. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that kitchen islands are so popular. An island serves an aesthetic function as well as a practical one. It can be the centre of attention and a true focal point of any home.
First though, let’s deal with those nagging doubts and questions that people ask. Some people dismiss a kitchen island from the outset as an impractical idea, mistakenly.
The Kitchen Island Dilemma
Of course, it’s all a question matter of space. The recommendation from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is that there is at least 42 inches of clearance on each side of a kitchen island. This is a lot but bear in mind it’s a work area – not a space for you to squeeze through and navigate around.
In the tightest of kitchen spaces or the slimmest of galley kitchen layouts, a kitchen island isn’t the most obvious option. That said, many people are surprised and pleased to find out that a kitchen island can usually be accommodated in most spaces. For example, a typical L-shaped layout is easily converted.
It’s all relative too. People think that an island sucks space from a kitchen. However, what you lose in terms of floor space is easily compensated in other ways.
You gain work space, storage space, an eating area – and potentially a sink and appliance space too.
Kitchen islands don’t cost you space; they create it
Far from costing you space, a kitchen island can literally create and save space. It’s actually a smart move if you have limited workspace or lack of space in general, to start with. Not only that, there are plenty of other design tips and tricks to make a small kitchen look more spacious.
Kitchen islands work in a practical sense and have bags of visual appeal too. You can keep an eye on the kids doing their homework as you are cooking. A kitchen island draws people in and keeps them together.
It’s a real statement. So, how do you make a kitchen island a real focal point in the home?
Be bold and adventurous with colours
Many people choose the colour and style of cabinets/worktops and use this throughout a kitchen design. It looks good. Everything coordinates and matches.
But, if you dare to be a different, you can create a real focus of attention with your kitchen island. For example, accent countertops can create a focal point.
You could also opt for a bold splash of colour or a more subtle contrast with your choice of cabinets and/or furniture. There’s plenty of choice, from high gloss acrylic to handleless matt designs. And all points in-between!
Be functional and practical
The principles of good design are such that you don’t want to overdo things by creating too many focal points. You don’t want too many in any space, because then they are all competing for attention. In short, everything is a confusing mishmash.
Focus on one or two aspects instead. So, your kitchen island becomes a focal point because of bold colours, accents and contrasts.
Or, it becomes the centrepiece of the room because it is a such a hive of activity. Kitchen islands can include a sink or a range on the top. Designs can incorporate a fridge or dishwasher underneath, and storage solutions all around.
Essentially, a kitchen island becomes the centre of activity because there’s no need to leave it – everything’s going on here! It can be as functional and practical as you want it to be. Plenty of plug sockets mean the kids’ phones can be charging and in view. Your guests can chat with you as you cook.
Nobody wants a kitchen island to be purely cosmetic, it’s a working space first and foremost. The great news is that even though the practical functions and storage solutions it offers might be at the top of your Kitchen Island Wish List, this doesn’t mean that you sacrifice anything or compromise at all when it comes to how it looks.
Just get in touch today if you’re interested making a kitchen island the focal point of your home.