Current Trends in Island Kitchens

From on September 15, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel

kitchen island remodelKitchen islands are a great way to add surface space, storage space, and the overall “wow factor” to any kitchen large enough to accommodate one. From multi-function islands built in swanky million dollar kitchen remodels to budget-conscious selections you buy and bring in yourself, kitchen islands are so popular that the biggest trend I discovered is that kitchens with islands – period! – are trendy.

Luxury Island

I couldn’t help starting with Clive Christian and found a great slide show of a San Francisco kitchen remodel at 30 elm. The elegant wood, carved corbels, and marble-topped island with extra sink and oven are enough to make a chef drool. One side of the island seats four for kitchen spectator sports (you know – watching the food being prepared, heckling the cooks, etc.), wine-tasting and grazing on hors d’oeuvres.

Award-Winning Islands

Totally inspired after that, I went to see what the HGTV pros were up to in the kitchen island department and found a bunch of award-winning examples in their Cabinets & Countertops design gallery. The variety in the winning contractors’ projects ranged from Country French to sleek urban contemporary. The kitchen islands were all functional for some aspects of cooking and in-kitchen dining, with some of the featured islands being as well-equipped as a small kitchens floating within larger ones.

Modest, “Peanut Butter and Jelly” Islands

Okay, well, I’ve always had champagne taste. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a saltine with peanut butter and jelly, too. So here are some of my more modest kitchen island discoveries. Kitchen Islands & Carts has a great variety of ready-to-order islands at reasonable prices. Butcher block, granite, metal, and wood are topper choices for bases with storage cabinets, drawers, or wine racks. Another online source that offers free shipping is Kitchen Island Co. The site have some useful articles for choosing the best kitchen island for your needs, too.

Last, but certainly not least, if you’re working with a contractor, he or she will be a great source of ideas and information for including an island in your kitchen remodel.

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