June 12, 2023

Key Elements of a Kitchen Island

Are you planning on redesigning your kitchen? Or starting from scratch with a brand new home build? Either way, one of the most important features to consider is the kitchen island. This multi-functional centerpiece can serve as an extra workspace, dining area, or storage solution. However, it's crucial to ensure that your island is designed with key elements in mind for both practicality and style.

In this guide, we'll go over key elements to consider when designing your dream kitchen island. So grab a cup of coffee and get ready to be inspired!

We’ll talk about how to:

#1. Amp up the Storage

#2. Stay Connected with Outlets

#3. Entertain with Ample Seating

#4. Enjoy Easy Access Appliances

#5. Enhance the Ambiance with Lighting

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Revamp Your Kitchen  Space: Essential Ingredients in a Stellar Island Design

Designing a kitchen island is an exciting project that can completely transform the look and functionality of your space.

Here are some key elements you should consider when designing a kitchen island!

#1. Amp up the Storage

Drawers and cabinets are essential components of any kitchen island. These allow you to store everything from pots and pans to small appliances like blenders and food processors.  

  • Consider having deeper drawers or pull-out shelves installed for larger items, while smaller cabinets can be used for things like small appliances, pots & pans, and baking sheets.  

  • Open shelving is another option that allows you to display decorative items or frequently used items within easy reach.

  • For those who prefer closed cabinets, various options offer adjustable shelves and pull-out baskets, perfect for storing everything from spices and utensils to cutting boards.

  • Include a pull-out cabinet/drawer with recycle and trash bins to keep them out of sight but ready to use when prepping for a meal.  

#2. Stay Connected with Outlets

With the rise of technology and our dependence on it, it's no surprise that kitchen islands have evolved to include electrical outlets, making them even more functional.  

By including outlets in your kitchen island, you can create an atmosphere that is both convenient and conducive to entertaining.

Imagine being able to plug in your blender or food processor without having to move it from its designated spot—or being able to charge your phone while prepping dinner!

You'll also be able to keep all of your devices charged and ready for use. Now, that’s happiness built-in!

#3. Entertain with Ample Seating

If you're someone who loves to entertain, then you know the value of having ample seating around your kitchen island. Not only does it provide a comfortable spot for guests to sit and chat, but it also makes meal prep and serving easier by keeping everyone in one central location.  

Thankfully, there are plenty of options when it comes to creating seating arrangements around your new island. From bar stools to benches and even built-in seating options, there's something for every style and budget.  

  • For smaller kitchens or condos, consider using chairs or stools that can be easily stored away when not in use.

  • For larger spaces, consider adding double islands or extending the existing one to accommodate even more guests.

#4. Enjoy Easy Access Appliances

Whether you're looking to add a microwave, beverage refrigerator, ice maker, or warming drawer, kitchen islands are perfect for accommodating all your appliance needs.

One popular storage solution to incorporate into kitchen islands is an appliance garage. These cabinets can be fitted with retractable doors and built-in outlets to keep your appliances out of sight when not in use. This not only saves valuable countertop space but also creates a clean and clutter-free appearance in your kitchen. Yes!

#5. Enhance the Ambiance with Lighting

Installing overhead lighting above your kitchen island is essential to creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Pendant lights are an excellent choice as they hang low over the island, providing ample task lighting while adding visual interest to the space.  

Another fantastic way to light up your kitchen island is by incorporating under-cabinet lighting, which can give your space a luxurious feel and also doubles as a fantastic night light. Or how about interior cabinet/ drawer lighting to illuminate the space when searching for your scissors or supplies?  

More Kitchen Inspiration > Fad or Fab: Double Islands

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Design the Ultimate Kitchen Island

If you are ready to design the ultimate haute couture kitchen island, look no further than Cabinet Chic!  With decades of expertise and knowledge of high-end cabinetry and design trends, our craftsmen can help you create a stunning focal point for your kitchen that is both functional and stylish.  

From custom finishes to unique hardware options, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your dream island with us. Contact our head designer, Miriam Johnson today at 813-876-6780 to get started!

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