Use modern materials
One of the most stunning kitchen island ideas is to use innovative materials to standout effect. Solid surfaces such as Corian, Dekton, Silestone and Hi-Macs come in a huge number of colours, as well as stone-like finishes. They are ideal for use on vertical and horizontal surfaces, creating an island that looks like a monolithic feature carved from a single slab. The material forms drawer and door fronts, and can be heat-moulded to create a seamless sink as well as join-free side panels and worksurfaces.
Exploit overhead space
Decorative lighting, a sculptural extractor or eye-catching suspended shelving hanging over an island will draw attention. All of these options also have a useful functional purpose. So, you get double the value from your choice. In fact, a beautiful extractor can also include lighting to triple its value. Take a look at Elica for ideas. In this design, the island hob has a downdraft extractor, so that ingredients can be kept close at hand on the hanging shelves.
Overhead shelves focus attention on the island. Kitchen, Day True.
Include tech innovations
Look out for moveable worksurface systems. They feature hidden rollers that enable the surface to slide back to reveal sinks and inset hobs and to extend as tabletops. It’s a clever way to add some adaptability to your island. This is especially useful in an open-plan space, where you may wish to hide some of the functional aspects of the kitchen from the living and dining areas.
The Motion worksurface from Eggersmann slides back and forth.
A freestanding island comes with several benefits for your space. It has a more relaxed, country-kitchen look than a fitted version. As the floor beneath can be seen, a freestanding piece helps to make a small kitchen appear bigger. You could move it around, if you wish. And, you can sit comfortably on a dining chair tucking your legs beneath the surface without having to perch on a bar stool.
Charlecote freestanding island from Neptune.
Gain a place to perch
From worksurface overhangs to raised breakfast bars, there are a wealth of options for creating a seating area at your island. Consider a different material to demarcate the space for dining from the space for food prep and you may just keep the family’s clutter at bay.
Fitted kitchen with breakfast bar island by Roundhouse Design
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