Unconventional seating for this island makes for a beautiful, relaxing space. Perfect for morning coffee!
Design Trends, Islands, Kitchens

Islands- The Heart of the Kitchen

Islands. Aren’t they all great? Hawaiian Islands, Fiji Islands, …Kitchen Islands! Yes, let’s talk kitchen islands. Islands are designed for all different reasons; however, they all share the common purpose of being the heart of the kitchen. Not only are they physically the center of the kitchen, but they are also a place where family and friends can gather. Today, let’s discover the different functions for islands and how each of them fulfill their own role as being the heart of the kitchen.

Furniture Piece Islands

Furniture piece islands may not incorporate functions such as cooktops and sinks, but they do add character and aesthetics to the kitchen. Typically, furniture piece islands have the ability to fit in smaller kitchens because of their size. They often provide the perfect element of charm to a kitchen. Below are a couple of islands that add a finishing touch to each of the spaces they occupy.

This beautiful custom island is the rustic charm of this kitchen.
This beautiful custom island is the rustic charm of this kitchen.
This island, characterized by its unique storage solutions, stands out among the other cabinetry.
This island, characterized by its unique storage solutions, stands out among the other cabinetry.

Islands Made for Function

Some islands are designed with a greater purpose than just desireable aesthetics. Cooktops, sinks, and so many other functions can be incorporated into an island. This allows for preparing food while entertaining guests. It also frees up some of the surrounding countertop space. Below are a few islands that were definitely designed with function in mind while still looking fabulous at the same time.

This island is PERFECT for this large kitchen! A cooktop, storage, and beauty all incorporated in one piece!
This island is PERFECT for this large kitchen! A cooktop, storage, and beauty all incorporated in one piece!
This butcher block countertop allows accessible heights with the push of a button! How cool of an island would that be? Perfect heights for chopping, serving, and everything in between!
This butcher block countertop allows accessible heights with the push of a button! How cool of an island would that be? Perfect heights for chopping, serving, and everything in between!

Islands for Seating and Entertaining

How about an island with functionality AND room for everyone? Due to the trend of open spaces, many islands are being designed with seating incorporated. This brings family and friends together multiple times throughout the day for different purposes whether it’s a meal, snack, homework, or family game night. Take a look at these islands with seating! Which is your favorite?

Unconventional seating for this island makes for a beautiful, relaxing space. Perfect for morning coffee!
Unconventional seating for this island makes for a beautiful, relaxing space. Perfect for morning coffee!
What about an island that doubles as a table? The seating makes this kitchen an inviting room.
What about an island that doubles as a table? The seating makes this kitchen an open invitation.
A cooktop, sink, storage, AND seating all in one! This island has it all!
A cooktop, sink, storage, AND seating all in one! This island has it all!

When picking out your kitchen, decide what purpose you want your island to serve. Is it to add a little charm to the room? Is function your desire? Maybe you want your kitchen to be a space that everyone gathers in? Whatever the purpose, remember that the island is the heart of the kitchen!

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

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