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sspi Kitchen Islands May 29th, 2018 - 21:13:49
Ok, let`s say an island is going to work well for your design. Now let`s move on to making it the envy of the neighborhood! Here are some suggestions for adding increased utility and original personality. Think about the seating. Do you need seating? If so, how many seats. Rule of thumb is 24 inches per diner but if you have smaller bar stools or smaller diners i.e. children...then you can fudge this a little. Don`t crowd it. One level or two? One level is best for entertaining and maximizing the work space. The space can double as a serving area when not used as seating. Hint: if one level works for you and you have a sink in the island, install an air switch for the disposal. This is a small flat button that is installed in the countertop and is far better than cutting into your side panels with a switch, or worse, having to open the cabinet door to turn it on. Try very had to have one slab of stone, granite or other solid countertop material if one level island. Seams are a no-no. I repeat, no seams. If you want two levels, then that is fine, if it works. Hint: Don`t buy into the conventional idea that the 6 inches of raised bar "hides" anything. It does not. No one is fooled into thinking the kitchen...is not really a kitchen. Make the island different than the rest of the kitchen. Try different cabinetry materials or different countertops, but not both. Or, think about two islands in one with two different, yet complementary materials such as the wood and copper in above picture.
Don`t be afraid to have just a working island and no seats. If you have ample seating adjacent to the kitchen space, then perhaps a working island with great targeted storage is a better option. Don`t force the seating aspect if you do not have ample room for people to pass by comfortably. Hint: If you can, mock up the island in the proposed space and "live" with it for awhile to see how well it works...or doesn`t. Islands can be a focal point of style in a kitchen as well as a gathering spot for friends and family.
there are a couple of advantages of this approach. One is that because the bar is higher than the counter work space, the kitchen clutter is visually shielded from the living area. A second advantage is that bar seating requires the least floor space of any of the seating options.
The next thing on your agenda is to figure out the style you want your kitchen island to have. Naturally, it should fit in with the rest of the décor in the kitchen. If you have a country style kitchen a distressed wood or finished wood island might be the proper choice. A more modern or gourmet kitchen would be the perfect place for a kitchen island with natural stone or metal countertop. Just like with any other kind of home décor, there are no hard and fast rules you have to follow. It`s your house; you choose what works for you.