Ask any professional Kitchen Planner and they’ll agree: the presence of a kitchen island immediately boosts your cooking space’s potential, versatility, and style.
Well that is great and all, but how does one get to that point of enjoying the benefits of a kitchen island that seems to be tailor-made for your space?
1. Plan the proper space
Even the most beautiful kitchen island will be a dud in a too-small space. Aim for at least 47″ between fitted cabinetry and your island, but remember that more legroom is required for high-traffic areas, like your hob.
2. Fitted or freestanding?
That depends on how multifunctional you want your kitchen to be. For those requiring furniture to act as a room divider when needed, a moveable island (with wheels) can be the ideal solution. But if you have the extra space, a permanent fixture can be a most practical addition.
3. What about lighting?
As a kitchen island naturally becomes a focal point, it’s up to you (and your Lighting professional of choice) to enhance it practically and aesthetically. If you have the ceiling space, we recommend dangling a few pendants above that island for an elegant vibe. Otherwise, super modern plinth lighting can be relied on to include a touch of drama.
4. Make it multifunctional
In addition to ‘looking pretty’, a kitchen island also has to be functional and help out with storage, food prepping, seating areas, etc. To boost your island’s functionality even more, consider adding a hob and/or an integrated chopping block.
5. Which surface is best?
Although it will depend on your island’s size, quartz and granite remain some of the best options for a seamless finish. As larger designs will need joints, you can get pretty creative with that design and even choose a complementary material or colour to make those joints blend in – or stand out.