By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Monday, September 23rd 2019, 11:04:51 AM.
Adding a kitchen island can seem like an impossible feat—kitchen renovations are costly, after all—but if the space is already open, a non-permanent island or cart (IKEA sells some excellent ones) can be an affordable, renovation-free way to get the added counterspace and storage.
"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.
For many people a large part of the appeal of islands is being able to add a breakfast bar. When deciding how many seats to add, ensure each person will have at least 24 inches of space. Otherwise people will be elbowing each other by accident when they eat.