Maximize natural light by having windows and skylights, and keep kitchen wall surfaces light in color to reflect daylight. Custom kitchen islands work great by using pendant or recessed fixtures to direct light onto the kitchen island and other work areas. Electrical codes will likely require that electrical outlets be located on the sides of fixed kitchen islands, not on the top, to prevent electrical shock.
If your kitchen is too small to install a large kitchen island, then you can purchase a portable island. Kitchen islands on wheels are great because you can bring them out when you need them and store them in a corner or against a wall when you don't. The other advantage of portable kitchen islands is that you do not have to keep them in the kitchen. You can put a table cloth over the top of one and wheel it out into your living or dining room and use it as a serving table for wine, cheese, or appetizers. The shelves underneath make a convenient place to store extra napkins, cups, or toothpicks. All of your party supplies can be within easy reach but out of site.
The Kitchen Island with Granite Cutting Surface in Black Sand Through Finish is a great furniture option. Anyone who is looking for a granite top kitchen island, will appreciate the appearance of this counter top piece. This island offers many benefits. Not only is there a large counter area that makes it easy to accomplish a number of cooking tasks, but there is also extra storage area under the counter top. This includes shelving that is adjustable and also features drawers and cabinets covers. This means that you will be able to organize all of your kitchen equipment so that it's out of the way. The entire island is extremely impressive looking, so it will be sure to bring a look of sophistication to anyone's kitchen area. This is not the only island that offers many benefits.
Additional kitchen island ideas are to consider using shelf space on the sides of your kitchen island for cookbooks, collectibles or storage. A built-in TV works here, especially if it faces the family room. Or a microwave may work well for heating up after-school snacks and cooking foods quickly.
If you are really stuck on what to do with your kitchen island, then try a nice vase or basket of flowers. Fresh flowers are more appealing than fake ones, but they will need to be replaced every few days. You could also try a nice house plant on the island as well. This is a very simple and easy way to add some color and style to the otherwise bare countertop.
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