I love using kitchen island designs to increase the beauty and functionality of the main living areas in a home. These pieces provide a very versatile decor statement that anchors a large kitchen and provides a great centerpiece to the room. Even better, they are extremely functional and can be used for storage, prep surface, areas to house appliances as well as for additional seating. Perhaps my favorite island that I have ever installed was this giant unit with attached table. The style matched the kitchen cabinets perfectly, but was slightly set apart by the butcher block dining table attached to the end.
The latest trend for 2019 is the idea of using the kitchen island table as the new breakfast nook. The small rooms generally place adjacent to the kitchen are becoming something that can really date a home. Many homeowners are converting them to a small attached home office or sitting area next to the kitchen, and instead adding a large island with table-style seating to accommodate more casual meals. When you coordinate these units with the rest of your decor like cabinetry, flooring, kitchen backsplash ideas and light fixtures, they can really elevate the overall style of your space.
Many of our customers come to us thinking that a kitchen center island can only be added to those huge layouts with tons of open space -- this is simply not the case. We have so many designs that work fantastic in smaller homes or condos with limited square footage in the kitchen. You don't need to have one of those huge units with tons of extra seating and counter space. It looks just as beautiful to install a pretty yet small kitchen island that provides just enough area to be useful. I really like this kitchen design because it is not oversized, but has a very functional layout and a good traffic flow throughout the space. The miniature island in the center creates several different prep zones and prevents over crowding in the middle of the room.
An island table is a great way to add extra seating to your kitchen or serve as a breakfast nook if your do not have the space for a dining table. Most kitchen island ideas that feature areas for stools or high top chairs generally are built bar style, in that they leave room for seating at one end of the unit. This awesome kitchen island with seating turns the classic designs completely upside down. The interior decorator asked us to build two separate islands that would be unified by bench seating and a dining table in the center. To be honest, I had never heard of a design like this and was a bit skeptical of our it would look in the finished space.
When we were deciding on the plans for our new home it was important to me to incorporate a kitchen island with seating for 4 so that my kids could have a space to hang out and do homework while I cooked dinner. It also provided a place for them to eat that I could clean off easily and not have t worry about them messing up our more formal dining area. We ended up choosing this large kitchen island that features a sink, dishwasher, a ton of storage and counter space, as well as enough seating for the kids and their friends. Rather than building the unit of the same finishes as the rest of our cabinetry, we decided to use a contrasting wood tone to add a bit of style to the space.
When you're brainstorming country kitchen ideas, don't shy away from blending your colors and textures to create a look that encompasses all of your favorites. As you can see in this stunning remodel, the white kitchen island perfectly compliments the red in the maple hardwood floors. The shiny copper accents lined up on the gray marble countertops don't take away from the appeal of the luxurious black kitchen island stools or the mixed wood dining room seats. Even the patterned beige rugs only add to the warmth of this room while offsetting the clean white lines of this stunning open kitchen and dining room.