By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Monday, September 23rd 2019, 10:49:51 AM.
If you want to keep it simple, matching your kitchen island to your cabinets and worktop is the obvious choice. This way everything coordinates, and you’re left with a clean, classic look that fits seamlessly. This is particularly well suited to small kitchens, where consistent use of light, neutral colours will help to open up the space and make it feel airier.
"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.
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.