Islands are a kitchen trend we’ve seen emerge over the past few decades. Due to the convenience they add and purposes they serve, it doesn’t appear like they are going to fade away anytime soon.
In addition to versatility, kitchen islands offer a great opportunity bring a big room together and act as a centerpiece. Whether you want it to be a workspace for food preparation or simply a surface to gather around, a kitchen island can be a great asset. Here are five major benefits they bring to the modern kitchen.
Regardless of how big a kitchen is, there never seems to be enough storage. Perhaps the greatest benefit of kitchen islands the added cabinet space. The cabinetry you choose to create your island with can work to complement the overall character of the room while improving the accessibility to your tools, utensils, appliances, ect.
Keep in mind, the shape and size of your island depends heavily on the kitchen’s dimensions. In other words, it can’t interfere with the other elements of the room. That being said, your kitchen island will certainly add storage, it’s just a question of how much. With options for pull-out shelves, cupboards, drawers, and more, the unit should be an extension of the current casework in the room, without disrupting the existing functionality.
Determining the storage capability of your island is a process of which there can be absolutely NO miscalculations. The last thing you want is to install an island only to find out you underestimated the spacing and can no longer open your oven all the way. Kitchen cabinets are one of San Diego Kitchen Pros’ many areas of expertise. Whatever your room’s layout looks like, we will work with you in designing and executing the perfect solution for your island.
Overhead lighting goes hand-in-hand with kitchen islands. An island should act as the prized centerpiece that pulls the area together. Installing unique lighting above is the best way to highlight this focal point.
Adding lighting to a room is not quite as easy as it looks. There are many different styles to choose from in accordance with the energy you want to project.
From a decorative standpoint, pendant lighting is one of the more popular options. If you decide to go this route, the range of styles is incredibly vast. For kitchens with high ceilings, one of the current trends is opting for bolder, oversized pendants to illuminate the entirety of the island.
Chandeliers are another popular choice to place overhead. Not only does this give off a glamourous and dazzling vibe, it is a wonderful way to add unique character not just to the island, but the entire kitchen.
For longer islands, linear fixtures are great for distributing light across the surface.
Whatever you decide; you must take into account the accents of your cabinetry and how the light will reflect. This plays a big factor in determining the overall energy of the room.
Similar to storage, workspace in a kitchen is something you cannot have too much of. Kitchen islands can serve a wide range of functions in this regard. For one, you can choose to make the majority of the space open countertops. This is great for streamlining your workflows and condensing your prep operation while freeing up other counter space for appliances.
On the other hand, you can use it to centralize your amenities. A lot of the bigger islands feature a sink, stovetop, dishwasher, ect. As these items are typically used every day, this setup is great for minimizing how much you have to move around in order to get from point A to B. Many people also use islands to house their trash unit, larger cookware, microwave, ect.
Regardless of the purpose you want your island to serve, more surface area will undoubtedly come in handy for a number of tasks.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what function(s) your kitchen islands serves. The one thing it will be above anything else is a central gathering point. For this reason, it’s imperative that you add seating options. As islands are usually higher than regular tables, this is great opportunity to add bar stools or high chairs.
Island seating is great to use as an informal dining area for breakfast, lunch, or just a snack. The best part is it can be used for just about anything, not just eating. It enables other people to sit around and converse with you while you prepare meals, or your kids can use it as a space to do homework and such. Often times, the versatility of this seating makes the kitchen island the preferred place to hang out throughout an entire house.
When it comes to choosing a style for your kitchen island, the possibilities are pretty much endless. In terms of countertops, cabinets, lighting, and functionality, the visual appeal of the island will inevitably be the face of your kitchen. Designing the finer details should not be done lightly. A kitchen island can set the tone for not just the rest of the room, but the entire area of the home.
Whether you’re building one from scratch, or want to update an existing one, it can be difficult to choose the perfect design. When looking at material, there are plenty of options to choose from, regardless of your budget. Many people enter a project with the misconception that they need to spent a lot of money in order to get a good visual appeal. In truth, there are all sorts of elegant alternatives to consider. For example, you are looking to revamp your existing island, refacing the cabinets is a much cheaper option than putting in brand new ones, and can still provide a new, remastered feel.
Keep in mind, all the elements, such as the cabinets, countertops, appliances, and lighting all need to work together to project your desired ambiance. For this reason, it’s best to consult the professionals to help guide you to a selection that achieves your ideal vision without breaking the bank.
Throughout all of the benefits kitchen islands offer, at the end of the day, it’s all about convenience, versatility, and energy. San Diego Kitchen Pros has been remodeling kitchens for decades. Our expert team is highly skilled in working with any type of layout to find the best possible solutions. Whether you want to add a completely new island, or revamp an existing one, we will make sure the benefits you want to achieve turn into a reality.