By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Monday, September 23rd 2019, 11:04:32 AM.
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.
Whether you intend to cook at the kitchen island or not is a choice that you need to make pretty early in the planning stage. If you plan on adding cooking amenities, you must take into account the additional costs and design constraints that come into play because of the plumbing and the additional gas line. A kitchen island that doubles as a cooking station will also need a few smart appliances incorporated into its design. You might have to forgo a bit of shelf space for that oven, dishwasher and maybe even the small fridge, but it will be well worth the sacrifice.
"Use the island as an opportunity to add bold, contrasting, unexpected, or unusual materials," cabinetry designer Kevin Ritter says. Your island base is a good place to start. A dark wood finish or color really stands out against a room full of otherwise light, neutral cabinetry. If your perimeter cabinets are plain in design, try an island with embellishments, such as curvy corbels, crown molding, or turned legs, for a subtly grander statement. Even something as simple as switching up the islands hardware can make for a distinct change in character.