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A Blog About Kitchen & Bath Design, Remodeling and This & That in Sacramento – by MrsNicolette

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The Large Kitchen Island

October 14, 2011 , , , , , , ,

As a kitchen designer, my goal is to design a kitchen with style and functionality.  In terms of kitchen islands, the bigger the better, right?  Mmmm, not always.  Whenever I see a design with a huge island, I always wonder how (and who) cleans the center?  Large islands create great work stations because they offer so much surface area, but an island over 60″ one way can be difficult to reach, and who wants to get a step stool to clean a countertop?  Here are some tricks that us kitchen designers use to make large islands work, and stay pretty.

1).  Use different levels or heights to create display platforms for the center, end or portion of the island.  It is always nice when a large island has a bit of visual interest with a raised cabinet or countertop surface in its center or on a side, these can be used to place fresh flowers, a potted plant, fresh fruits, you name it.

Casa Paralea traditional kitchen
traditional kitchen design by other metros interior designer JMA INTERIOR DECORATION

2).  Design raised or lowered eating areas that help define an island and break up the surface area.  This is a very easy and functional way to divide an island.  You can also use a combination of #3 and #4 within your eating area.

Mediterranean Kitchen mediterranean kitchen
mediterranean kitchen design by los angeles interior designer Fran Kerzner- DESIGN SYNTHESIS

3).  Insert curves, angles and different shapes to create interest and definition.  A curved end or angled edge can be interesting and create movement and rhythm within the space.

More details eclectic kitchen
eclectic kitchen design by other metros kitchen and bath Cheryl Kees Clendenon: In Detail

4).  Use a combination of different materials to suggest different uses for each material.  Butcher block with granite, quartz or marble, can create a cutting or baking area among your work stations.

Wright Street Design Group Inc. contemporary kitchen
contemporary kitchen design by detroit architect Wright Street Design Group Inc.
Whatever space or challenges you face with your kitchen, use an island to create your kitchens character and personality, and if you have a large island use it in a large way!

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I really love picture number 4… I love the form, the colors and the style of the kitchen island. I think it looks more contemporary.

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