Kitchen islands have been around for many centuries and can add more functionality to a kitchen or can be used as a breakfast bar in a small apartment. They are usually one of the focal points in a kitchen predominately because they are most commonly installed in the centre of the room, but sometimes because they have pot stands, lighting and other additional elements to jazz up the island itself.
Kitchen islands have a wide range of uses and can be a really functional piece of furniture in the kitchen. If you are someone who struggles to cook on your current work surface due to lack of space, then a kitchen island can be installed, simply to provide you with more work surface space to cook and prepare meals. This kind of kitchen island can usually be installed with more cupboard space and can be transformed into a breakfast bar on the opposing side for even more added functional benefits.Read more
Some kitchen islands can be used a work area, with power points, hobs, sinks and ovens being installed to allow the work surfaces around the perimeter of the room to be used for preparation and other things. This type of kitchen island is very popular as it allows 360 degree movement around the area making it easier to prepare food and meals. This is also a great choice if multiple people use the kitchen at once as it allows better movement throughout the kitchen.
Just like many other kitchen additions, kitchen islands have a wide variety of different shapes and sizes. Although the most common kitchen island is a rectangular or square shape, you can in fact have round islands installed along with curved islands, kidney shaped islands and square islands with rounded corners! There are lots of different shapes to to choose from, with each one having their own advantages and beneficial properties.
People will often worry about matching an island with their existing kitchens because there are a huge variety of styles available. Despite this, many kitchen planners can match islands perfectly as the materials can be sourced from the same suppliers as the kitchen manufacturers. Islands have the same amount of styles as a kitchen design, meaning they can be fitted and matched with an existing kitchen or a new one. Islands often look amazing with light coloured cupboard panels and a light oak or light marble surfaces as this stops the island from overpowering the room with dark and harsh colours.
No matter what you would like a kitchen island for, each of them have their own advantages and benefits and can provide essential space and functionality in small and large kitchens. Why not have a look through some of the images in this section to see how a island can transform your kitchen! If there is something you like, why not share it to your Facebook or Twitter profile, so you can find the things you love easier and faster!