A home is not complete without a kitchen and a kitchen is not complete without an island. Well, for some avid cooks, that is. For someone who’s very fond of concocting different dishes and baking delicious goodies, the importance of having plenty of surface area cannot be simply undermined.
Confusion and disaster can potentially result if kitchen tools and ingredients are cramped up in a small space. That is why the kitchen island has become a valuable, if not indispensable, element of a kitchen in the recent years. People who are building their homes have become more aware of the contribution kitchen islands can add to making food preparation a much easier process. But how does one actually decide whether incorporating a kitchen island is ideal to his or her home? Is it well-suited for all kinds of kitchen?
Having a big kitchen space is certainly a good sign that you are ready for an island. It will not occupy more floor area than it should and it can even add extra dimension and appeal to your kitchen modern design.
The opposite situation is not an ideal set-up for an island. If you have a small space, having an island will definitely pose great difficulty in terms of maneuvering inside the kitchen. No one is stopping you from having an island in a small kitchen. But you should just be aware of the fact that having one can be difficult to maintain space-wise and movement-wise.
The fact that you have several kitchenwares and appliances is also a good indicator that an island deserves a spot in your kitchen; kitchen organizers are a must. Typical kitchen appliances like microwave, blender, coffeemaker, thermomixer, and electric grill can surprisingly look more aesthetically pleasing when organized in a kitchen island. When customized according to your kitchen’s features, an island can easily accommodate all your kitchen’s needs. Every side and every corner can actually serve a purpose if carefully planned out. If space is lavish, a stove or a kitchen sink can even definitely fit in.
An island is relatively flexible as it can blend with different kitchen layouts. No matter what shape a kitchen is, if there is ample space right in the middle of the kitchen floor, an island will complement your kitchen without worries.
Oftentimes, a kitchen island is placed side-by-side with a breakfast area, or “breakfast nook.” As the name itself implies, a breakfast area is made for a more relaxing ambience for eating your favorite breakfast. It can be quite a competitor against the kitchen island due its more tasteful and cozy profile. If you’re a practical no-fuss person, the kitchen island will win your heart. While a breakfast area can serve a fancy, albeit limited, purpose, a kitchen island is indeed more flexible. It gives you more storage space and more surface area for preparing ingredients or eating meals. Just prop up some sturdy stools and your kitchen island can become a makeshift dining table.
Whether you are building your home from scratch, looking for a new home, or contemplating a kitchen remodel, an island is certainly something to consider. Not only does it provide extra storage for your kitchen tools and appliances, but it can also redefine food preparation efficiency in your home.
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