Over the last few years, kitchen islands have become an increasingly popular choice with our customers here at Oakwood Bespoke. With their striking looks and the huge range of benefits they bring to a kitchen, it’s not difficult to understand why. Ideal for both modern and traditional homes, they can be designed & crafted to suit both larger and smaller spaces. Here are five reasons to include an island in your new kitchen…
A sophisticated statement.
Kitchen islands are, undeniably, a striking feature in any kitchen. Of course, it’s important to be sure that you have enough space to create the perfect balance and symmetry, ensuring the room doesn’t look cramped. A popular technique to enhance the look of your kitchen and bring your own personality into the space is to choose a contrasting finish or worktop material for your island. A contrasting finish can enhance the island as a focal point and add real detail & character to your room. To further customise your space, consider introducing display shelving to show off your favourite collectables or cookbooks.
Another design benefit of a kitchen island is its ability to open up a space. Lots of overhead cabinetry can make a kitchen feel claustrophobic, for example. With the extra storage offered by an island, you can free up overhead space to create a less cluttered, more airy room that feels much larger & more spacious.
Amazing storage opportunities.
The storage capabilities of a kitchen island should never be underestimated. Used in conjunction with other intelligent storage solutions, you can really maximise your kitchen’s space and enhance its usability. Drawers within an island are the ideal place to store cookware, freeing up cupboard space for pantry items. If you plan to serve food on your island, you may want to add a cutlery drawer within easy reach. Our design team at Oakwood Bespoke can help tailor storage solutions around your exacting needs so that your space functions absolutely flawlessly without any compromises.
Naturally, you’ll want your new kitchen to look fantastic whilst also providing uncompromising functionality which enables you to effortlessly meet the demands of your day-to-day life. The inclusion of an island within your design opens up a number of exciting new opportunities to include additional appliances in your kitchen and can really enhance its layout when you fully consider how you typically use your space. Positioning your hob or sink on the island, for example, can make a stylish feature as well as improving your kitchen’s practically. With the possibilities an island creates, cooking your favourite dishes will have never been such an enjoyable and stress-free experience.
A social hub.
As well as creating a natural place for the family to come together, a kitchen island is also fantastic for those late-night dinner parties with friends. Visitors will naturally gravitate towards an island making it a natural boundary for social and practical areas. Adding appliances such as a hob to your island means you can continue to socialise whilst continuing to prepare your signature dish. Positioning seating around your island will create an additional place to eat, perfect if you’re looking to eat with guests in a less formal setting.
If you’ve got any questions about what you’ve just read, or if you’d like to speak with a member of our design team about your project, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us today by calling our showroom on 01276 708 630 or by clicking here.