By Janet Myers | March 27, 2019

How to Choose a Perfect Island for Your Kitchen Remodel

Adding an island as part of your kitchen remodel offers more bang for your buck than just about any other feature. They not only look great, they also help your family better enjoy the busiest room in the home. That's why it's so important to consider both function and style when choosing one. From extra counter and storage space to multiple activity zones, here's how to get the most out of your new kitchen island.

Use Your Kitchen Island for Extra Storage

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A great way to maximize storage in the kitchen, an island can conceal shelves, pull-out drawers, racks, and hooks for keeping pots and pans, appliances, utensils, prep knives and more always close at hand. Even smaller kitchens can benefit from the extra storage space an island offers.  Larger islands can accommodate recycling and trash bins and you can even include some wine storage.

Add Shelving for Storage and Decorative Opportunities

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While closed cabinets let you tuck away the mess and make maintenance a lot easier, adding open shelves to an island brings a refreshing new look to a classic design. They’re perfect for showcasing cookbooks, displaying pottery, or storing stainless steel pots, pans, and cookware. The combination of closed cabinets and open shelves gives you the best of both worlds and helps you achieve the best aesthetics.

Should Your Island Have a Sink?

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If you have the space for a wide island, installing a second sink creates a super-efficient work area and keeps the cook center stage. Placement is key when putting in an island sink. If you simply drop it into the middle, you limit your prep space to a couple feet on either side. Instead, consider placing it in a corner. Not only does this free up plenty of counter space, two people can comfortably use the sink at the same time.

Make Your Island Pop with Color

island color

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An island with contrasting color adds visual interest to any kitchen. Whether you want something contemporary or are looking to keep things classic, there are plenty of ways to apply island color to complete the perfect design for your kitchen remodel.  Many homeowners love the look of a cherry, espresso, or deep black island, but an undeniable trend is choosing a bright color like cobalt blue, citrus yellow, or an energizing green. Those who really want to make a statement are choosing bright red or orange with a sleek lacquer finish.

Think Outside the Box

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Photo by The Woodshop of Avon

There are a number of ways to turn a traditionally functional kitchen island into an eye catching focal point. Add legs to one section to create more sitting space while giving the island the look of a table. A terrific look for contemporary designs, a waterfall countertop that extends over the top of the cabinets and down to the floor on both sides of the island is perfect for creating accessible seating space for bar stools. If you like the look of traditional kitchen design but want to add a touch of flair, add some corbels. From simple Shaker to ornate Old World designs, they come in a wide range of styles.  

There are hundreds of options for kitchen islands and the designers at David Gray Design Studio would love to show you how easy and fun it can be to incorporate one or more of these exciting elements into your own kitchen remodel design. If you’re ready to move forward, contact us today online or call us at (904) 724-7211.

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