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Kitchen Islands: Choosing The Perfect Island For Your Kitchen

For a lot of homeowners, a kitchen island is the one thing they most desire when planning a new kitchen for their home.  Why is this?  Because kitchen islands offer a multitude of benefits.  Extra storage, extra counter space, a breakfast bar, the cooking area.  An island can include all or some of these benefits, depending on what your own needs are.

"Let's take a look at the different types of kitchen islands and the various ways they can add to your kitchen"   Kitchen Islands - Kitchen Island Design - Island Units

Kitchen Islands - Kitchen Island Design   Kitchen Island With Raised Back
This particular kitchen island has a regular height work surface with a raised surface to the back.  In this instance, the raised section is used to hide the sink area from the dining area.

The cabinets under the raised section can be used for extra storage or in this case, for a display area with glass doors.  Perfect if you don't want a seating area on the island but need to create a visual divide.
Island With Recessed Seating Area

What a lot of homeowners are looking for in their kitchen island is extra counter and food prep space, along with a casual seating area.  This style of island provides all that by maximising the counter space while also providing an area for stools.

Typically the casual seating area would be used for quick meals like breakfast or for having a coffee and a chat with friends and family.
  Kitchen Island With Seating Area
Long Kitchen Island - Extended Breakfast Bar Island   Island With Extended Breakfast Bar

This island by Leicht allows for full use of the main island counter for prep use and seperates the eating area.

Popular in modern and contemporary designs and suitable for large open plan areas.  Stools can be used on both sides so depending on lenght, you can sit a minimum of four people.
Circular Curved Island

Want to feel part of your kitchen island?  Then how about this circular island from Kitchen Stori.

Complete with a raised glass breakfast bar, the island adds lots of extra counter space to the kitchen and allows you to swivel to the various areas built in, whether that be the sink, hob or prep area.  This island would also be perfect for filling a large floor area.
  Curved Kitchen Island - Circular Kitchen Islands
Distressed Painted Island Unit Ireland   Butchers Block Style Kitchen Island

Pure Functionality.  That's what you get with this butchers block style kitchen island.

Of course,  it's extremely stylish too with it's chunky table leg effect and open slatted base on the end.  This island unit is perfect for homeowners who love spending time cooking and baking, giving the kitchen the perfect prep area and storage for your most used small appliances.

Peninsular Style Kitchen Island

Peninsular islands differ from typical kitchen islands in that they are actually attached to the main kitchen.

Peninsular islands are a great way of creating a divide between a kitchen and dining/living area.  Of course, they also offer the same benefits as a traditional island by creating more counter space and a seating area for informal dining.
  Kitchen With Peninsular Kitchen Island
Kitchen Island With Raised Glass Breakfast Bar   Kitchen Island With Raised Glass Bar

This type of kitchen island is pretty much a sterotypical island.  However, the glass breakfast bar added on in raised up from the counter with chrome supports.

This allows the breakfast bar to blend in rather than stand out, so the bar won't look intrusive in the kitchen.  Perfect for people who want a breakfast bar but don't want it as a main feature.


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