By z41. Kitchen Islands. At Tuesday, August 06th 2019, 05:08:54 AM.
Kitchen islands are critical components in any kitchen. A multipurpose surface, they allow prep work, cooking, eating, working, and entertaining. For that reason, they’re also one of the most requested features in homes, both in purchases and renovations, but kitchen islands can vary tremendously in size and style, and aren’t right for every home.
An increasingly popular island-design trend is the "unfitted" look. Translation: The island looks like a piece of furniture, rather than a kitchen-cabinet component. Turned legs, a different counter surface and other furniture-style detailing can give the island this distinctive appearance, which is often accentuated by placing a colorful area rug beneath to soften the typically hard surface underfoot.
Multiple-level islands are all the rage, and for good reason: They're great at hiding mealprep messes. Actually, the art of disguise isn't the only reason for a multilevel island. If designed effectively, you also can incorporate different surface materials, such as a marble top for rolling out pie dough, a butcher-block area for chopping veggies and a granitetopped space for placing hot pans. Varying heights and surfaces add function and dimension to your kitchen's design.
Now more than ever before, folks are entertaining at home, and most of that takes place—you guessed it—around the kitchen island. And island design has followed suit. Home owners are requesting longer, leaner islands with room to seat as many as eight or more, as well as more space around the perimeter to help accommodate a crowd.
Get the most from your island paradise—use the non-kitchen side as a media center. A television, stereo and all the accessories can fit comfortably within the confines of the cabinetry, and if you have small children, it's the perfect place to keep them entertained while they remain in view.
The trend nowadays is to have a portion of the island become prep area and a portion of the island dedicated to seating, if you have the space.