Kitchen Remodeling: The Functionality of Kitchen Islands

In many homes, the kitchen is the center of the home where all of the action takes place. Having a beautiful kitchen is great, but if it lacks functionality, it can become a burden. Many kitchens make the most of storage and function with a kitchen island.

There are three main reasons why you should plant an island in the middle of your kitchen:

  • It increases counter space and storage
  • Increases lighting opportunities that are both functional and decorative
  • Becomes the focal point for social gathering situations

With the introduction of the kitchen island, many basic aspects of kitchen design have changed. An old rule of thumb was that the sink must be centered under an outside window. It is a very common design for kitchen islands to have the sink located in the center kitchen island. This design allows the cook to interact with guests more easily. For the same reason, many ranges have been moved to the island to allow the cook to engage with guests creating cooking dinner into a social event rather than a burdensome chore.

Kitchen islands come in a variety of designs. From simple rectangular kitchen islands to more sophisticated kitchen islands at varying heights, countertop overhangs for seating, and creative shapes to add style and design. Almost every kitchen island will benefit from added lighting. Kitchen islands should be well lit to ensure that the cook and the guest have proper lighting to see well, but also to highlight certain kitchen features or areas of the kitchen.

Kitchen islands also have a natural way of being the center point of socializing. This is why the open kitchen floor plan has become so popular. It allows more space for gatherings with family and friends.

Is a Kitchen Island Right For Your Remodel Project?

When considering a kitchen remodel, discussing the addition/redesign of a kitchen island will need to be done at the very beginning of the project planning. Our highly skilled kitchen design team can evaluate your current space and design the kitchen of your dreams, and create a kitchen island that will bring many years of enjoyment. Give us a call today at 281-855-3400 and speak to one of our kitchen design experts today!