Get More Work Space And Storage With Kitchen Islands

Kitchen Islands, Kitchen design tips

Today's kitchens are growing rapidly in size and many designers are adding kitchen islands along with the industrial appliances, state of the art cabinets and custom countertop designs that have gained recent popularity. The kitchen island has come a long way from the days of a single small table in the middle of the kitchen. Now, kitchen islands are often elaborate becoming fully equipped ‘kitchens within a kitchen', complete with sink, stovetop, and refrigerator.

One of the most important benefits of the kitchen island is the additional work space, storage area and room for extra appliances that it provides. Beside the practical aspects, in many instances kitchen islands become central to the overall kitchen design and add a luxurious touch to your kitchen.

A flat surface island (as opposed to multi-level) is a simple solution and contributes a simple elegance to a kitchen. Architectural details such as bump-outs, corner posts, inset areas and open shelving add personality and style.

While a kitchen island can be as simple as a table with open legs, many new kitchen islands are being designed with functional and decorative touches, turning the island into the focal point of the kitchen.

Some kitchen islands are elaborate custom-built fine cabinetry and include a sink, granite counters, a stovetop, cabinets for storage, a second dishwasher, a warming oven, or a small refrigerator.

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The simplest and most common ones have a single surface , like a tabletop. But a multi-level island can incorporate both food preparation and eating areas, wine racks, cookbook shelves, bar sinks, deep fryers, and other amenities. A step-down or step-up surface adds interest and separate work areas.

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