By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Thursday, September 26th 2019, 00:25:33 AM.
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.
Islands are often used for prep work because they offer convenient counter space. To make using blenders and food processors more convenient, make sure there’s an outlet built into the island. If you’re having a two-tier island built with a higher bar where your family can sit, that extra riser between the lower prep level and the bar can make a really handy place for the outlet. Of course, islands that incorporate stoves, dishwashers, and microwaves will need proper electricity and plumbing too.
Space is key for an island used while entertaining. The countertop must provide ample surface for serving or dining. There should also be plenty of room for guests to mingle or be seated outside the work zones. "The ability to have your family or guests seated at the island while you work on the opposite side is very comforting and social," says Debbie Nassetta, of Roomscapes, Inc., in Laguna Niguel, California.