Gather Here: Ideas for Your Kitchen Island

A central island, a familiar element in today’s kitchens, is a place to prepare and cook food, eat casual family meals, and gather while entertaining. Depending on which of these activities is most important to you, your kitchen island can be designed in a myriad of functional and stylish ways.

The basic structure of most islands starts with work surfaces on one side, seating on the other, and storage incorporated throughout. If you’re an enthusiastic home chef who likes to cook for friends, you may be attracted to the idea of including a countertop range on your island, along with a prep sink. Features such as wine refrigerators, a microwave, warming trays, and other appliances handy during parties are also assets for people who love to entertain groups. Finding space for displaying cookbooks or storing bottles of wine adds personal flavor. With creative planning, all of these elements can be included in an appealing island design.


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Consider the possibility of a multi-level island design. With the cooking surface lower than the surface for eating, guests can be at eye level with the cook. A multi-level design also keeps dinner prep out of view.

Ideas for Your Kitchen Island

Custom Kitchen Island by Country Club Homes, Inc.

Islands are a great place to experiment with color in your kitchen that might feel like too much on surrounding cabinetry. Whether it’s a bright hue of blue, green or yellow or a strong slate gray or blue, an island with unexpected color makes a memorable statement.


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