Kitchen islands have become very popular as a new part of the kitchen. It does not literally mean land surrounded by water as what we may think when we hear about an island. Actually, it is a striking and eye-catching part of your kitchen that can provide different functions in your kitchen. It can serve as storage for your things or a working table for your food preparation. There are a lot of usages for a kitchen island depending on your need or your preferences.
Countertop material for the island doesn't have to match the rest of your kitchen countertops as long as it is harmonious with the room's overall design. You may want to splurge on solid surfacing here, for example, and use laminate on the other countertops. A butcher-block countertop is ideal for chopping, while granite or marble works well for baking purposes and for rolling pastry dough.
Some people install a kitchen island directly out of the box with no modifications or changes and these islands are mainly for extra storage and counter space. You have a large amount of counter space where you can use half for preparing food and the other half to set up a breakfast bar or small eating counter. Other people design their kitchen islands from scratch and then install all the necessary pieces. These islands usually have sinks, appliances, or special features that require plumbing or electrical work.
Why do you wish to add a an island at the center of your kitchen in the first place? Is it for extra storage? Or to hold a cook top, or a kitchen table even? The purpose of having a kitchen island is a crucial factor as far as the design is concerned. Take for instance if you intend to put kitchen appliances in it, making the island as a storage won't be ideal. Or if the island is primarily intended for cooking, the countertop you should use much be able to withstand hot pans and pots.
Once you determine that an island will enhance your kitchen design, you have several additional options to consider. You can create another work space by adding a second sink and dishwasher into your island. This will allow a second cook to work in the kitchen or allow you to prepare two separate dishes without contaminating one with the other. The added counter space provided by your kitchen island will allow you easier food preparation by minimizing clutter and stacks of bowls and utensils.
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