You need to consider what size of island to fit in the new space. Proportion is key. The material for the island is also critical. It is hard to disassociate marble from Italian grandeur or granite from European sleek. Either choice can make a fabulous style statement; just make sure it’s one your home can handle. Kitchen cabinets also become prominent considerations when you open the space up. The cabinets now must fit not only with the island, but also with the adjoining living space. That can mean a more sophisticated cabinet in colors more akin to dining/living areas. Kitchen islands, as well, because they are transitional spaces, allow the opportunity to introduce contrasting cabinets under the island that move the eye into the adjacent area
Islands: Connections and Transitions
Kitchen islands can offer exciting opportunities to update your entire living space. They also introduce new challenges with respect to their role as both a connecting and a transitional space between the kitchen and other parts of your home. As you potentially open walls to allow for an island, you also expose your kitchen cabinets to other parts of the home. This means your cabinets can play a new and more prominent role in your home design. Making the right design decisions regarding the configuration, material, and cabinetry of the island and the cabinets so they work together to create a coherent and cohesive space can result in a transformation of an entire floor of your home for relatively reasonable cost.
About the Author: Pavel Sotnikov is an interior design enthusiast who enjoys discovering new, bold and innovative styles and sharing them with like-minded readers.