Janie Roth. Kitchen Island. February 08th , 2018.
Kitchen island designs play an important role when you are building the island or revamping your kitchen. You need to keep in mind the amount of space you have in your kitchen and plan the size of the island in such a way as to have enough place to move around in and out of the kitchen with ease. Also, decide if you want to use it as a dining table or a breakfast bar. Many families love to sit around the kitchen and catch up on the days happenings or even to relax while having a chat. Ease Of Maintenance Coupled with Exquisite Simplicity If you have a busy lifestyle and do not wish to fuss over it too much with things like cleaning and maintenance then you should go for a stainless steel kitchen island. It is easy to clean as there are special detergents made to help clean steel stains. If you like the functionality but feel this is not exactly to your taste, you can try Japanese stainless steel designs. Japanese are known for their exquisite simplicity and style and are brilliant with metal crafting. These designs look nice and are just as useful and efficient as any other counterparts. The surfaces are usually dulled to avoid making them look like sterile counters that are found in hospitals or in restaurant kitchens.
Another problem you might face if you buy your kitchen island as a separate unit, and not as part of the overall kitchen, is matching it to your existing cabinets. This might not be as easy as your think, but if you purchase a solid color, such as black, white or red, then you should get away with it. Regarding colors and designs, kitchen islands can be made from a number of different materials. The framework is usually wood, but the main visible surfaces could be metal or even stone - granite is a popular substance used for counter tops. Stainless steel is also good, but try to avoid aluminum if possible, because that is very soft and easily cut and scratched, and the metal oxidizes to a dull finish.
According to the National Association of HomeBuilders (NAHB), kitchen islands are one of the most popular kitchen design features among todays consumers. The NAHB also reports that buyers of new homes have also indicated a desire for kitchen islands as well. Actually some 80% of homebuyers consider a kitchen island to be an absolute must. Some newer kitchen island ideas include the following features: rolling islands that can be used where a large island wont fit, granite-topped islands, and islands with furniture like features such as pilasters.
Alternatively, you can position your island to create a barrier between the dining and entertaining area of your kitchen and the work area. Refrigerated drawers can be used to make snacks and appetizers available, as well as cold drinks. Your island could also include an under-counter wine cooler or refrigerator. By including a microwave and a small freezer, you can make snacks available to your children in an area that keeps them away from the dangers of the stove. Custom kitchen islands have become an important element in kitchen design. They can serve a range of functions in your remodeled, new or upgraded kitchen. Working with a good cabinetmaker to customize affordable kitchen cabinets can create exactly what you want in your finished kitchen at a price that will not break the budget.
If you have a smaller kitchen space, that doesnt mean that you cant 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. Kitchen islands are a tricky item to successfully add to your kitchen design, but well worth considering when you are remodeling your kitchen. You may be surprised at the increase in convenience in meal preparation and added counter space an island will provide. But, it is hard to visualize the space required and the best size for any island addition, so be sure you get all the information you need to make the best decision for your kitchen.
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