Kitchen Island Trends
The kitchen island originates from the big, sturdy structures that used to take its place in the center of the room. Servants and cooks would use the island as a central surface for getting food ready for the Lords and Ladies of the house and their guests. Kitchens weren’t built for entertaining but originally, were built for function.
Today, A kitchen is no longer a room in which you just cook, it is a place where you unite, entertain and perhaps simply sit back and unwind. Therefore, it is important to choose a kitchen design that both looks aesthetically pleasing but also accommodates all your needs in terms of functionality and the social environment it creates.
If you are considering a kitchen renovation and looking to have a kitchen island in your layout, we have compiled some great design ideas to inspire you.
The Functional Kitchen Island
For those of you looking to maximise space in your kitchen the double-sided kitchen island could be of interest. By making use of both sides of an island you will have a greater amount of space which will improve the functionality of the most used room in your home.
Take some time to think about its design and tailor the space to the specific needs of you and your family. You could opt to use this additional space for extra seating, drawers, butchers blocks or perhaps open storage like a wine rack or extra shelving. As well as being functional, a mixture of storage like this can look visually appealing.
The Statement Island
Yes the kitchen island was originally built for function but in the modern kitchen it also needs to look good and fit with your interior style and personality. Make a statement with the design:
Mix-up the colour scheme and contrast the cabinets on your island to the surrounding cabinets and carcasses. A current trend favorite of ours is going for a dark colour with your kitchen Island and lighter for the surrounding colour pallet. To take this further, why not contrast texture as well as colour. opt for a worksurface with a leathered finish against your gloss cabinet doors. Or a dark matt paint against the pureness of your white marble quartz surface would be a striking pairing.
For the ultimate statement, make your kitchen island an artistic masterpiece. Opt for a specifically designed island which incorporates interior art with function. The stealth Island has the sleekest, boldest lines giving the impression of a giant crystal structure.
The Split-Level Kitchen Island
With kitchen now at the social centre of the home, breakfast bars have become increasingly popular – they are accommodating spaces for family and friends, for a bustling breakfast time in the family home before everyone heads out in their opposite directions. As kitchen design has adapted over time, the breakfast bar has become an important part of kitchen design.
The traditional breakfast bar is the worktop peninsular at one edge of an island that protrudes out enough to fit bar stools underneath and obliging leg space. However, an increasingly popular trend sees splitting the island into different levels to accommodate dining and social even further.
Add a worktop further down the kitchen carcass at waist level for a comfortable place to sit for meals or catching up on work. Not only is this socially hospitable, it looks unique and stylish – why not play around with colours and textures and make a feature of your breakfast bar by having it fabricated in a contrasting worktop. For example, If your main island worktop is a quartz surface, contrast with a wood worktop for your breakfast bar.
As an end note, remember that the position of your breakfast bar is important. Directing your breakfast bar into the kitchen means you can cook and entertain at the same time or catch up on work whilst your food is cooking.
Kitchen Islands with built in sinks and appliances
Harking back to that functional kitchen, some homeowners with large kitchens are often drawn to having a kitchen island with a built-in appliance. This function of the kitchen island allows for whomever is cooking to still be able to interact with the guests whilst prepping or cleaning up. If you’d prefer to keep the main sink located in the exterior of the kitchen, why not add an additional prep sink that enables you to be more flexible when preparing food and sharing the space.
Similarly, a cooker/stove is a great addition to a kitchen island, especially for those who host dinners and like to entertain. You can engage in conversation with your guests, whilst still focusing on your cooking. If you are looking to introduce a prominent kitchen island design feature into your home, whilst also ensuring full practicality, this will work beautifully.
Don’t skimp on your work surface; a beautiful kitchen worktop will bring a kitchen island to life. At J. Rotherham we produce an array of exquisite worktops comprised of Granite and Quartz to add the perfect finish to your new kitchen design. Get in touch today for additional support, a member of our team will be more than happy to assist.