Published at Monday, November 27th 2017. by Halette in Kitchen.
You are better off without it if you are using up all the free space in the room. Your kitchen should be spacious and you should never feel restricted in your movement - in fact it can be dangerous if you are. Yes, a kitchen island is good to have, but not if your safety and freedom of movement are compromised to accommodate it. A kitchen island can be a useful item of kitchen furniture, but it must serve a purpose and must not be restrictive. Given these provisos, then it can convert an ordinary kitchen into a room you will love to be in and show off to your friends and neighbors.
During a kitchen remodeling project, we tend to focus our attention on every aspect that makes cooking extremely pleasurable. From the very attractive kitchen cabinet to the simply divine flooring, theres nothing that disappears off our radar. Except of course for the kitchen furniture, which happens to be every kitchens soul. I guess its high time that we abandon our rather insular opinion about kitchen furniture. They certainly add a great deal of character to every kitchen and make the place look resplendent. Kitchen furniture is more than just a few chairs, tables and cabinets placed with the sole purpose of addressing age-old problems of seating and storage. Today, this includes an entire gamut of benches, counter stools, racks, breakfast nooks, side boards and some very interesting bakers racks. Of course, the multitude of chairs and tables continue to inspire a great deal of admiration even today. Each piece of furniture is designed with the singular objective of adding immense value to the décor of the kitchen as well as the home.
Having kitchen furniture fully fitted, so that all the cabinets fit in like jigsaw pieces and are flush with the walls, is standard practice. It is the usual route taken when decorating a kitchen, though not the only possibility. Major benefits include the fact that the kitchen has more space opened up, more storage space, and of course has a tighter overall appearance. Asides from the tightly packed fitted kitchen, there are also free standing kitchens. These use individual items of furniture and have the plus that they can be moved around. The downside to freestanding kitchens is that they waste a lot of space. In the olden days, all kitchens followed the freestanding furniture model, but as time progressed fitted kitchens became the standard. Certainly it can detract greatly from the value of your home if the kitchen isnt fitted due to the way its seen by home buyers and agents as being a modern essential.
Many designs include some extra storage space such as a rack for wine bottles and storage for glasses. Kitchen islands that function as workspace and dining space are quite popular among condominium owners and for young singles or couples living in small apartments. You can mix various styles of furniture to create a functional and attractive kitchen. A retro kitchen bar pub table could effectively be incorporated into a modern style kitchen. Espresso colored furniture is a popular choice for a modern style kitchen. A kitchen is an area that needs to be functional. You dont want to forfeit function for fashion and you certainly dont have to.
The cost of the furniture also depends on the material used to make it. Thus, a wooden kitchen countertop will be more expensive than the one made of steel. However, while the former is aptly suited for country style homes, it is a little high-maintenance compared to the latter. Whether you opt for sleek contemporary furniture for your kitchen or ornate wooden furniture for your country style kitchen, you should try to achieve a balance of style and space while planning the layout of the furniture. You can always take inspiration for the same from the pages of glossy interior magazines or browse the net for some innovative ideas. However, simply buying and placing your kitchen furniture is not enough and you need to take good care of the same to ensure that it looks good and lasts for a long time.
Another problem you might face if you buy your kitchen island as a separate unit, and not as part of the overall kitchen, is matching it to your existing cabinets. This might not be as easy as your think, but if you purchase a solid color, such as black, white or red, then you should get away with it. Regarding colors and designs, kitchen islands can be made from a number of different materials. The framework is usually wood, but the main visible surfaces could be metal or even stone - granite is a popular substance used for counter tops. Stainless steel is also good, but try to avoid aluminum if possible, because that is very soft and easily cut and scratched, and the metal oxidizes to a dull finish.