Integral Kitchen Islands
Design Delights by David Court
Islands have become much more important in today’s socially oriented kitchens. They often serve as an informal eating area, a visual divider between the family room or morning room and cooking area, and provide additional storage and food preparation area. The island can often serve as the place for a cook top, primary sink, or additional food preparation sink and can be used to create multiple work triangles for two person kitchens
Because these islands are so visually prominent, special effort should be made to set them apart. Using contrasting cabinet woods or finishes, and using furniture-grade touches, such as decorative cabinet legs and brackets, makes the island more inviting and friendly. Islands don’t have to be rectangular; use curves, angles and L’s for additional interest. Built-in lighting and ceiling details that mirror the island increase the focus. If the budget doesn’t allow using granite throughout the kitchen, the island is the place to splurge on special finishes.