By z41. Kitchen Islands. At Sunday, August 25th 2019, 11:33:25 AM.
If you’re looking to make a statement in your kitchen, installing a Silver Wave marble waterfall island is a sure-fire way to do it. The bold addition gives this simple kitchen an element of sophistication, while bringing the playful pendant chandelier’s colours to life. Traditional French doors contrast the heavy grey and walnut palette, adding airiness to the interior.
A U-shaped island is even bigger. This provides even more space but is also one of the largest styles. You probably won’t see this style in a standard-sized house.
If you’re considering a new kitchen or renovation, it’s important to think about how you envision using the island, given other factors that might be at play in the kitchen. For example, a kitchen island typically requires about 36" between the edge of the island and the edge of the countertop, so an island is unlikely to work well in a very long, narrow kitchen. If you’re planning on having multiple people working in the kitchen at once, then 42" to 48" should be your goal. This also goes for spaces around appliances like a sink, stove, or dishwasher, so if you’d like to integrate a sink into the island, you’ll want to plan accordingly.
Some islands are for preparing food. Often they have a prep sink or a kitchen cook top in them. This can be a good area to put an under-counter microwave or a wine fridge in also.
Eating at a kitchen island has become as common as cooking in the kitchen itself. Whether it's a meal on the go or an intimate, lingering dinner for two, with the right design, the island can be both a convenient and beautiful place to dine. Rule #1: To add sophistication to the island, lower an area of the counter to normal table height. Your dining-chair options will open up tremendously, and you'll have created a cozy nook to nosh.
An island doesn't have to stop at waist level. With the proper planning and home design, you can build in a bank of cabinets above. Perfect for displaying crystal stemware and bone china or simply stashing oft-used utensils, this special storage will open up a world of possibilities in your kitchen.