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Creating a (Kitchen) Island Paradise

The #1 kitchen trend of 2023 isn’t a fancy stove or exclusive cabinetry. It’s the humble, useful kitchen island–specifically a large, multi-functional kitchen island. As formal dining rooms have been phased out in homes, kitchen islands are becoming the true heart of the home. From meal prep and entertaining to homework and breakfast time, a kitchen island is invaluable to any house.

Why You Should Consider A Kitchen Island

A kitchen island is a great way to add surface space to your kitchen while keeping the area uncluttered and open. It not only takes the place of a kitchen table (or dining table, for some households), but it offers the chance for more storage for appliances and dishes as  well.

It also keeps your home’s overall floorplan light and airy. Often an island is what divides a modern kitchen from the living area, allowing for easy interaction with the rest of the home.

If you like to entertain or want to keep an eye on kids or pets as you cook, this is a great way to keep from being closed off while you work in the kitchen, and it keeps things from feeling too crowded when there’s more than one cook in the kitchen (an especially nice bonus when Thanksgiving comes around!).

What Makes A Good Kitchen Island

Considering how much a kitchen island tends to be used, there are different kinds that can accommodate different needs.

The most popular one this year is a large island, which gives both the person cooking and the people seated plenty of space to eat, drink, and even do homework. As for what to include in a kitchen island, some things our past clients have requested are roll-out trays, deep drawer stacks, and even deep kitchen and freezer drawers.

For every island, no matter what add-ons you decide to include, we recommend a minimum of 36 inches of walkway around every side of the island, along with 12 inches of overhang for leg room and 24 inches of width per seat.

Show Off Your Personality With Your Island

The other way a kitchen island is a great asset to your space is that it allows for more customization! You could have it match the rest of your kitchen, of course, but some of our past clients have requested islands simply to brighten up their space!

If you want to make your island a statement piece as well as a functional piece of furniture, don’t be afraid to get creative! Consider using a different colored cabinet or stone countertop on the island to create texture and drama, and show that this space is yours.

Clearly, there’s good reasons why the kitchen island is so popular for home renovations this year. With both style and function, it makes the foundation of any cooking space; plus, if you’re looking for a quick update for your kitchen, a kitchen island is the fastest, easiest route to a whole new look.

Whether you want your island to be a show-stopping centerpiece fit for entertaining or you simply want more counter and storage space, we can guarantee that it will be a wonderful addition to your home.

We can’t wait to help you create the kitchen of your cooking and entertaining dreams! Contact Singer Kitchens today, and let’s get started on making your kitchen a true paradise.