By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Monday, September 23rd 2019, 11:03:44 AM.
Lighting is obviously a key element of any kitchen, regardless of whether or not it features an island. Pendant lights are generally the most preferred choice for kitchen islands, and if you need some additional help in choosing the right pendants for your kitchen, check out these stunning pendant light inspirations. You might also decide to add a layer of recessed lighting as well, making it possible for you to switch between focused functional lights and soft ambient lighting whenever required. The rule of three is another perennial favorite that never seems to go out of style when it comes to kitchen lighting.
Most islands require a slight counter overhang to ensure diners have plenty of legroom when seated. 12 inches is the ideal rough size for an overhang, but the clearance around the island is your first priority. This means your first task should be to measure the space around your planned island, to ensure you have enough space between your island and counters to maintain open walkways. You should always leave at least 4 feet between your counters and island, even if this means having a smaller island overhang.
Before you begin thinking about what range you would like and smart storage solutions, you should decide what the main function of your island will be. Many islands have one side that’s devoted to eating and a side that is devoted to cooking, but what will you focus on? Cooking, prep work, cleaning, entertaining or eating? Or will you decide to use it for all your activities, including house projects and homework? If you want sinks and appliances in your island, you will require additional space. If it will be used only for meals, seating should be your main priority.