Published at Saturday, January 6, 2018, 14:06:05. by Yvette Marechal in Kitchen Islands.
Another way to design it is to use different materials to divide work surfaces. For instance, you could add a butcher‘s block (chopping board) that is a wooden surface on 1/4th of the island surface, and keep the remainder granite as a work surface. This not only serves dual purposes but also adds an element of interest.
Raised islands have an elevated area for placing dishes, food, glasses, etc. Generally, the raised top is about 18 inches wide, which is needed to serve food and cook with enough space. Also, the cooking area remains undisturbed. Some other designs have sufficient height to hide your sink and cooking area. It‘s great if you have frequent visitors, as there is plenty of space available for serving food. Also, if your cooking area is messy, it will be unnoticed!
Think of your dining table attached to the island counter where your kids can spend time with you doing their homework or other crafts, while you are cooking and keeping them company. A great idea for large areas, this concept gives the kitchen an elongated appearance.
You can opt for colored laminates perfectly matching with laminates used for the rest of the cabinets and furniture pieces in the kitchen. Also, make sure that you try to maintain uniformity in countertop type and color. Else, adding countertops like glass or stainless steel is also a great idea as these go with any type of existing countertops in cooking space. If your kitchen cabinets have a natural wooden finish you can have the same for this island with a breakfast bar and create a rustic styled kitchen decor. In this case add wooden stools or chairs only instead of the trendy colorful bar stools. If your kitchen has a dual color theme, have two sets of bar stools to match the theme and line them in alternating colors. You can also have one color for the base of the island and another color for its countertop.
For small kitchens, you can go in for foldable sides. The size of the upper surface can be easily reduced. These type of islands are usually made up of wood, with some variants made of plastic. The countertops of such islands are not made up of stone, as the weight may spoil the folding mechanism of the table top.
Among all the designs, this is the simplest which consists of a large trolley that has convenient wheels, that makes it possible to push the island around. These portable islands, sometimes also have additional facilities such as wine storage space, cutlery rack, etc. These type of islands are made with help of wood and plastic as the island has to be light in weight.
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