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August 30, 2023

Central to over three quarters of kitchen designs is the island. Whether it is a small transitional link to the living room in an open plan kitchen, or a large statement piece of furniture, the kitchen island is the heart of the kitchen and the home.

Islands tend to become a home theatre of cooking where they put the cook as the central focal point. Accessible from all sides, they offer precious space and storage. Here on the island, food is prepared and socialising takes place, homework is done and home offices created, and above all it is the place to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. So the kitchen island has to be a multi-performance design to suit whatever activity or time of day.

On one side it will commonly be a major storage facility where long linear drawers can house pans, crockery and cooking ingredients. Flip to the other side where the breakfast bar or banqueting seating will provide the ‘social’ element of the kitchen. On trend is often a change in cabinet material for this function to provide a warmer style with timber finishes becoming popular. Kitchens Int GS 2018 0151a

Bar stools have become less ‘perches’ and more seating in their own right. Comfy padded chairs are increasingly popular as they are the perfect place for working, chatting or simply interacting with those preparing food.15 Brucelands 004 small

Gone are bulky overhead extractors to take away odours and very popular is downdraft extraction either incorporated into the hob or as a pop up. Most hobs are now located on the island as cooking becomes a more visual and social activity rather than a functional action.

If space permits a small prep sink is perfectly located on the island, complete with a boiling water tap to provide instant hot drinks or water for boiling veg, pasta etc. Small wine fridges are sneaking into the island too to enhance social times. Or go one step further and install a counter top cooler on the island for a really luxurious addition.KI Ayr 2663 low res

As you’d expect from such a key part of furniture in the home, the shape of islands has evolved. Curves, double connecting islands, floating islands and everything in between help make this vital piece of kitchen design steal the limelight. Consider accent lighting under the island to enhance its beauty and allow for changing the mood of the kitchen with different colours.Woodhall Bank 024

Activity space round the island is a key consideration as everyone must be able to move around freely. A good kitchen designer will look at all these aspects and design the island that works best with you and your family’s lifestyle.

Adding a kitchen island immediately creates more seating for friends and family, as well as additional counter space and storage. You want your kitchen to be functional, so if you are planning a kitchen island ensure you plan it well. Before you begin speak to a one of our kitchen designers who will help you understand whether a kitchen island is a good idea in your home and how to incorporate it into your design.