By Missi McCombs
It’s difficult to find a harder working kitchen element than an island! It provides storage, prep space, and often includes your sink or stove as well. It’s a homework hub, email hotspot, and extension of the home office. An island anchors dinner parties as well as after-school snacks. And, if designed right, it can also be a show-stopping focal point for your kitchen. Proper style, size and placement is crucial when it comes to your island, as it should provide function and space, but also blend in with cabinets, counters and appliances. In addition, the island should be designed to complement the kitchen, as well as the homeowner’s needs.
For customers who like to entertain, a pair of double-islands solves the need for plenty of space without looking overblown. Alternating light and dark materials for cabinetry and countertops creates a smooth design without becoming monotonous. The functional layout and added counter space make this the ideal kitchen for those who love to host dinner parties or holiday events.
A contemporary kitchen is accompanied by a sleek island, which offers a clean line of white quartz to contrast with the kitchen’s dark wood and aluminum cabinets. A stainless steel backsplash ties it all together, allowing the island to make a dramatic focal point. This type of island is suited for the modern and on-the-go homeowner, as it is designed to be easily cleaned and maintained. Limited island seating for a quick meal and an under-mount sink for fast clean-up complete the kitchen island.
Struggling with a smaller sized kitchen? You can still have an island! Consider a prep space on wheels that can be moved off to the side when not in use. This portable prep island will come in handy when cooking larger meals, or for having a few guests over for the holidays. With so many different materials available, there is a transferable island for any style of home. Stainless steel may work well in a contemporary home, while wood completes the cozy look of a country cottage kitchen.
Whatever cooking and entertaining needs you may have, there’s an island to fit them. As new home builders in Tampa, we work with each of our clients to better understand their lifestyle, so that we can design a beautiful and functional island to perfectly suite their custom home. Visit our online photo gallery to see more layout and design options for kitchen islands.
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