Take a trip to the islands—the kitchen island, that is.

While not as relaxing as a trip to a tropical island, the kitchen island is a true workhorse.  This multi-purpose piece not only provides additional work space and storage but, in many cases, it also acts as an eating surface, homework space or gathering spot during a party.

Like an island in the ocean, a kitchen island is a separate piece of cabinetry that is not connected to other countertops and cabinetry; it stands all by itself in the vast sea of your kitchen.  Depending on the design of the kitchen, it may house a sink or cooktop or simply be a prep and serving surface.  It makes use of the center of a kitchen that often is wasted space and keeps items within arms reach of the stove, refrigerator and sink areas, better utilizing the kitchen “triangle” theory of design.

Anything goes when it comes to the design of your kitchen island.  For example:

  • Many people choose to use a separate piece of furniture as an island that adds personality and, if an antique, a sense of history and a feeling of warmth.
  • An island on casters is the perfect solution in a small space.  This makes it possible to move the piece around as needs arise and it can even be moved into an adjoining dining room and used as a buffet or server.
  • The island can be stained or painted to match existing cabinetry or finished in a complimentary color for interest.

We show several different styles of islands that can be painted in your choice of color(s) to coordinate with your design.  These handy pieces feature storage drawers, open shelving and even have towel racks and utility hooks.

The Chef’s Island from Cody Road Workshops is shown with a somewhat whimsical color scheme that will add a cheerful pop to your kitchen but you can select any color from over 40 available.

Chefs Island from Cody Road Workshops available at painted furniture barn.com

Chefs Island from Cody Road Workshops available at painted furniture barn.com

Also from Cody Road Workshops, you do not have to be an expert in the kitchen to appreciate the functionality and beauty of the Gourmet Island.  Traditional styling and plenty of storage make this piece a natural for any style home.

Gourmet Island from Cody Road Workshops and available at www.paintedfurntiurebarn.com

Gourmet Island from Cody Road Workshops and available at www.paintedfurntiurebarn.com

 

How do you use your kitchen island–as a prep surface, a quiet spot to start the day or a convenient place to monitor homework while preparing dinner?

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