The kitchen island or peninsula is often the home’s hub, where family and friends gather to help with the cooking (or just the eating). This central position makes it an important design feature and a great place to add personality to your kitchen. Here are ten ideas to give the heart of your home a little flare.
Looking to add a splash of colour to your kitchen. Consider making the island cabinetry a different colour to add a dash of drama without the effect of visually shrinking the space that can come from dark or vivid cabinetry.
If you’d prefer to have your island float away rather than stand out, mirrored fronts – or mirrored kick boards help lighten the look of the whole room. Mirrored materials can make bulky kitchen cabinets visually vanish and help the floor appear to run on forever.
Another way to lighten an island visually is to simply match its faces to the flooring material so the two blend together. Letting wood, timber veneer or laminate wrap around the island is unexpected but warm and inviting without being heavy.
To soften a chunky island, consider incorporating classic paneling. It suits cottage-inspired traditional kitchens and it also works beautifully in transitional or contemporary cooking spaces by adding texture with a simple geometric sensibility.
5. Furniture Styling
Giving an island furniture-like details makes it feel even more like its own little hub of activity separate from the functional cabinets around it. You’ll want to add leg detailing before painting (that is, in the design phase before construction commences) to have the finish match perfectly.
Another way to achieve a furniture-like appearance is to embellish the island’s faces and corners with moulding. This provides a sense of elegance that’s essential to Shaker-style kitchens.
7. Island Cart
Consider adding a movable island cart to your kitchen. A freestanding cart lends a real chefs-kitchen vibe and a more open look.
8. Salvaged Materials
Using recycled materials such as old pressed tin tiles or distressed timber can be a create feature on your island bench.
9. LED Lighting
Incorporating LED lighting strips to the underside of the island bench top, the base, or both to brings a fun modern element and extra brightness to the whole space.
One last idea is to choose feature hardware on your island bench. Timber and brass are unstoppable trends in kitchen design, and a little gold-toned hardware will make your island sing.
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