Kitchen islands add visual dimension and practicality. Dream of your perfect kitchen island with these trends in kitchen island design.
A friend of mine recently renovated her kitchen. She removed a wall and widened the space, and had not one, but TWO kitchen islands installed. And a walk-in pantry. And two dishwashers. And a bunch of ovens. I was definitely jealous. It’s the most awesome kitchen I’ve ever seen.
To me, kitchen islands are the mark of a serious cook. They provide space to prepare and present a lot of food. You don’t have to fight for space on the counter by constantly moving things about (which is what I do most of the time). Or use the kitchen table. But while I wait to get a house with a kitchen island, I can always dream of one.
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel that includes a kitchen island, you’ll want to keep reading for learning more about current kitchen island design trends.
The deep farmhouse sink is something I’m seeing more and more on kitchen islands. It leaves space for a LOT of dishes and is especially practical if you’re cooking a lot of food. Then you can just rinse off and put everything in the dishwasher without cluttering your workspace.
Usually, the kitchen island is set up with the same materials as the countertops around the kitchen space. But what if you did something completely different?
Need a more casual dining space when it’s just you at home that night? Get some stools to go along with that island, and you get the perfect island/table combo.
This is practical for many reasons. It avoids having to use the formal dining room if you don’t really need it. It lets your friends sit nearby and drink wine while you prepare dinner, or the kids to do their homework. You can take a break from long standing periods without going to the couch.
Depending on how many appliances you install in your island, you might end up with plenty of space leftover. What to do, what to do?
How about some storage space for your cookbook collection?
Storage space is always at a premium in any home, and adding some along with your kitchen island will give you the possibility of keeping all the kitchen stuff, including books, in the kitchen. Those who have a sizeable printed recipe collection will understand.
If you have space in your kitchen AND a formal dining room space, but no budget to install a fancy island with appliances, how about getting a big farmhouse-style table and using it as an island?
Make sure that the height of the table is good for cooking and prepping. Buy some stools or high chairs that fit and use this space as an island and casual dining area. Islands don’t have to be fancy–sometimes you just need extra flat space, and nothing more. A big farmhouse table will do just right.
Your dream island
Well, for me, having any island at all would be a dream come true indeed. But what about you? What do you imagine your dream island looks like? Any trends here catch your eye? Let us know in the comments!