As icons of luxury living, it’s little wonder that a kitchen island unit tops our ‘most-wanted’ list when planning a new kitchen. An attractive island can prove a real saviour in open-plan kitchen diner and living spaces, providing the perfect link between the kitchen and living/dining areas. In smaller kitchens, a slimline kitchen island will really make the most of every inch, adding essential prep space and, with a small overhang for kitchen island seating ideas, such as bar stools, the opportunity to rest between chores.
We cover the whole range of kitchen island ideas from storage to kitchen island lighting ideas.
Positioning and sizing your kitchen island
The best kitchen islands are carefully positioned to aid easy travel around the kitchen – aim for at least a 90cm to 110cm wide walkway in high traffic areas around the fridge and sink. And don’t forget to allow space for dishwasher doors and extending drawers. Incorporating a sink and/or hob helps to centralise food preparation, bringing the chef into the action. Be unashamedly bold with your island lighting to ensure it takes centre-stage.