Although the surface of the kitchen island is suitable for cutting and chopping, appliances add value by fully utilizing the middle-of-the-kitchen space. To truly maximize the use of your island, consider installing a stove top directly into your kitchen island or purchasing a mobile cooktop.
Because careful planning is so important, Burnham suggests working with a designer on kitchen-island design or finding resources online for drawing up a floorplan.
In smaller kitchens, an island unit could potentially make a cramped kitchen feel full and cluttered. To create an illusion of an airy space, choose light colors on the surrounding cabinets and countertops.
In some kitchen design ideas, the entire kitchen island is a different color, shape or design than the rest of the kitchen cabinets and countertops. This allows the kitchen island to become an accent piece in the room and adds to the overall aesthetics.
Some people love an island that seamlessly matches the rest of the kitchen, with countertops and cabinetry identical to what runs along the room’s perimeter.
A kitchen island unit can add style, storage and efficiency to any space. Whether you already have a small kitchen island or you are looking to install a new one, this is guaranteed to be one of your most well-used spaces.
If you are not looking to invest in a full cart, you can purchase a kitchen island centerpiece containing different levels or tiers. This is useful for displaying flowers, fruit, spices or plants.
“You’re going to need about 3 feet of space around it — at least 3,” she says. Homeowners sometimes end up with too crowded a kitchen if they choose an island that’s too large.
This undated photo shows a kitchen in a Santa Monica, Calif., home designed by Betsy Burnham. Although tiny pendant lights were once popular, designers now tend to choose more substantial overhead lighting above kitchen islands and select fixtures that can express the homeowners’ personal style. (Laura Hull/Betsy Burnham via AP)...
When limited room prevents you from attaining the kitchen island of your dreams, you can use an old trick: the wheeled cart or island. This mobile unit allows you to expand your available space and you can easily roll it into a corner or against a wall when not in...
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