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 August 2019

Fresh Ideas for Your Home

Add function to your kitchen with a dramatic island.

It will become the focal point of your kitchen, and maybe even your home.    


We all know that the kitchen becomes the center of almost any fun gathering of family and friends, and an island is at the center of that social experience!


An island (or peninsula) should add functionality and efficiency to your kitchen. At the same time the look and size provides an anchor to your kitchen space, and often a dividing line between the kitchen itself and the living space around it. When you plan your island, consider all the purposes you want or need, including:         

  • Extra counter space

  • Extra storage, which can be closed cabinets or open storage or both

  • Extra seating for casual meals, kids’ homework or guests to hang out while you cook

  • A sink, stovetop, oven or wine refrigerator 


Think of the choices in design for your kitchen island:       

  • The same cabinet color and countertops as the rest of the kitchen or a contrasting color or style

  • Interesting bar stools that are the right height for your island

  • A shape that complements your floorplan and allows enough space to move around (and open dishwasher and oven doors completely)  


Open shelving can be perfect for cookbooks or displaying your most beautiful pots, serving dishes or wine glasses. The space above the island can be useful both decoratively and functionally too; most often for beautiful pendant lighting, but also for hanging pots and pans.


It’s fall; time to plan for holiday parties and guests. Focus on a kitchen island this season to make your kitchen a more social place.  

© 2019 Hunter Douglas

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