Published at Wednesday, April 26th 2017. by Afrodille Dubois in Kitchen Islands.
Now, stationary islands are the best solution if your kitchen offers a larger space. This means that you can get in a full-sized island that perfectly works as a dining table as well. All you need is a nice glass or granite countertop and pendant lights suspended from the ceiling right above this breakfast bar. Of course adding up the dining essentials to the countertop needs no mention. Now line up the chairs and get set to enjoy your food right here! A style having half part dedicated for dining and half for other work also works well. In this case the dining corner can have an empty base that offers enough leg room while you sit on stools and dine here. Only the other half of the island can have drawers and shelves below it.
Once you finalize the size of the island after checking out the area available, you can further decide on the placement. The usual idea is to place it at the center, without touching the walls, but you can choose from other options. You can place it in between the kitchen and the living room. This style is very popular these days, where the islands are used as a partition between the living room and the kitchen in place of a wall. Another idea is to place it in between the kitchen and the dining area.
If you have a parallel kitchen, or one with parallel work tops, having an island there will only hinder your movement around. Also, they should be to scale, and not stick out like a sore thumb. Now, even a small table can serve the purpose. The idea is to keep it in proportion with the size of the kitchen. An island counter always requires a minimum of 42 inches of space all around it, particularly if there are appliances around it. This is to enable easy movement and allow easy access to these appliances. Finally, there is no limit to the cabinetry you can have below it, but when you utilize it for the purpose of seating or decide have a breakfast bar, ensure that the counter top extends at least 6-12 inches beyond the actual cabinetry for leg room.
Add a wine rack on one side of an island in an open kitchen, and a side that shows in the living or dining room. As a design element on its own, you don‘t need to do much to make it stand out. Further, you can include open shelving and have the cabinets below the island covered with glass doors to give it a unique look.
There are almost countless uses of this piece of kitchen furniture which, generally, has a smooth flat top surface and excellent storage space. People tend to used the kitchen island for storage, as a dining table, cutting surfaces, etc.
Whether you plan to opt for a portable or stationary type of island that works as a breakfast bar, finishing it in the best way is essential. Kitchen islands are the focal point of any cooking space and a great looking piece is sure to spice up the entire appearance of this space. So if you plan to make it contemporary go for a design with straight lines and well-defined cuts. Play up the piece with colorful laminates. You can find a huge variety in white islands for sale. These are amongst the hot picks in the category as they work well with any type of decor and design style.
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