By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Thursday, September 26th 2019, 00:31:56 AM.
In a contemporary kitchen designed for hosting, LED strips or track lights under the island counter are a show-stopping look. An elegant line of under counter lighting creates a border around your island and is particularly effective beneath a glass counter to suit a modern or industrial style.
Chopping food can be a dangerous activity if you don’t have enough light to see what you’re doing. A trio of pendant lights can be an elegant way to boost illumination over an island. It really pays off to make them dimmable if you’re eating at the island too, though. Good lighting for prep work can be painfully bright when you sit down to eat.
If you’ve decided you want to integrate appliances into your kitchen island, you need to plan for function as well as spacing. “If the main sink is in the island, you’ll need a dishwasher and have to decide if the dishwasher is to the right or the left of your sink,” says Justrich. If this is going to be your main prep area, you’ll need trash, recycling and compost areas nearby, too.