Besides meal preparation, the kitchen can become a gathering area for family and friends if there is enough space. Since so much happens in the kitchen on a regular basis, getting the layout right is important. The kitchen island can serve as an additional eating area, and food preparation can easily be done there. In a large kitchen, the kitchen island can shorten the distances within the working triangle (sink, refrigerator and range or cooktop) and make it more efficient.
Placing an appliance on the island may not seem like you are decorating but this serves as both a functional way and decorative way to store a great appliance that you may have. Don't just put any old appliance on the counter area. Instead use your nice fancy stainless steel toaster or blender for the décor. If you are going to decorate with an appliance be sure that the island has outlets or there is one accessible from where the island is located in the kitchen.
If you have a smaller kitchen space, that doesn't mean that you can't add island space to your kitchen. A portable kitchen island or food preparation cart can add usable surface area in a smaller space. You can store the cart out of the way most of the time, and then roll it out for use during meal preparation. The movable island can match your kitchen cabinets or it can have a completely different style, the choice is yours.
Basically, a kitchen island looks like an ordinary table having legs and a flat counter on top. There are many types for your selection and they also vary in sizes as well.
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.
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