5 Kitchen Island Design Ideas for Your First Ever Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands have been hot property for some time now, and are becoming increasingly affordable and easy to install. If you’re lucky enough to have some spare space around your kitchen then it’s high time you invested in the modern day cooking station following the kitchen island design ideas I am going to share with you right here in just a few seconds.

You may be wondering why you need a kitchen island. Here are 2 great reasons why.
Kitchen islands serve more than just one purpose. They add storage, style, and extra seating, and provide a visual anchor in the middle of the kitchen. They give the room a greater range of functionality while also boosting your cooking efficiency hugely.

Kitchen islands are a great way of addressing potential capacity issues that you might have in your kitchen by offering space for cutlery, crockery and large kitchenware. This gives you more space to work with on the periphery while still having everything you need at your disposal.

Different islands, however, fit very different tastes and needs. Here are five key things to consider when exploring kitchen islands for your kitchen.

5 Kitchen Island Design Ideas / Key Considerations

1. Size

And here we are at step one, with the most key thing to consider: Its size.

Being strict on sizes can still allow smaller kitchens to host islands.

Finding extra storage might well be the key motivation behind you investing in an island, but be measured with this. Kitchen islands should be at least 4 feet long and 2 feet deep. Anything smaller and you should consider exploring other options for storage.

But as well as considering the size of the unit, it’s also just as crucial to think about the space around it. It’s important to allow at least a meter of space around its perimeter so that you and your guests have plenty of space between its edge and the surrounding cabinets to move around in. You can read our review of the 5 best portable kitchen islands with seating

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2. Purpose

If you find yourself constantly struggling for storage space, then installing an island with cupboards and drawers will be key. If your living space doesn’t have much in the way of a communal area or a dining room table, then etra seating should become a priority.

Kitchen islands offer the opportunity to make the most of every square inch of space, and be great for hosting extra seating as well as shelf space. Source: hgtv.com

All of this might seem pretty obvious, but since kitchen islands take up a significant portion of space, you need to ensure that you are considering each and every design element of yours.

3. Height

Even if the primary purpose of your island is to serve as extra storage space, it’s important that you make good use of the counter top, and the best way for this is as a social area. If you want to have a bar stool style to your island, then you should aim for a height of just over a meter. However, if you want it to serve also as an eating area then consider something a bit shorter, at around 90cm.

Use of two different heights on the same island allow you to be versatile with your space. Source: Retro Italia

If you want to place your main cooking area also on the surface of the island then either of these heights will work fine, but don’t be afraid to consider a dual height; combining two different heights to accommodate both cooking and sitting can help add a whole new dynamic to your kitchen.

4. Colors

As the central point of your kitchen, the color of your island will determine the feel of it. A contrasting scheme will make it the focal point, whereas a monochrome color scheme will help it exist in harmony with the rest of the room.
Staying loyal to an all-white color scheme help your kitchen feel unimposing and spacious.

Particularly in small spaces, having the same color scheme will help make a small kitchen look and feel much bigger. Keeping the same color scheme can help disguise newly installed features or contrasting styles, and broad uses of white help kitchens look like they have no boundaries.

If your kitchen is dark, consider using the same colors for your kitchen island to help the room appear much deeper.

5. Style

Galley kitchen islands are by far the most common design you’ll come across. They are far easier to install in smaller kitchens, and are streamlined and smooth enough to suit most kitchen designs. The more adventurous of you however might deem them boring, so there are other designs worth considering.

L-Shaped islands can flow beautifully in long kitchens, while the added few feet attached at the foot of their ‘L’ can make all the difference for added storage. They offer vast amounts of work space, and allow you to still host guests at one end. They do however demand much more of your kitchen space, so working out sizes within a large room is key here.
Using an L-shaped island can help increase your work area while also accommodate seating.

The dream of most chefs, u-shaped islands provide three walls of cabinets, making the work space all the more efficient to cook and prepare in. Much like their l-shaped counterparts though, they do demand an awful lot of space. Their double corners also make accessing storage space a little more challenging.

Rolling kitchen islands are a great alternative for kitchens that are short on space. Easily mobile if you need them for cooking, and likewise for putting hiding away once finished. Furthermore they function brilliantly as a food tray or spare surface, even outside of the kitchen. They’re also extremely affordable.

Those are the 5 key kitchen island design ideas I wanted too share with you. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on the above or other kitchen island design ideas you may have. Just leave me a note by commenting below.

Author bio:
Ben cooks and writes. Not (usually) at the same time. Bulgogi obsessive. Writer at The Online Grill .

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