The kitchen island is becoming a staple of sleek open-plan interior design, removing the need for walls lined with cupboards. It helps to integrate your cooking and socialising area, ensuring meal preparation becomes more of an enjoyable activity. A kitchen island is a multifunctional part of an open-plan home; a focal point that maintains a sense of space. But which type best suits you and your house?
The minimalist design
Choosing a contemporary kitchen island enhances an open-plan home – a setting that benefits from minimal dividing walls between rooms. Unlike installing extra work surfaces at the edge of the kitchen, adding a standalone counter allows the light to stream in.
A neutral-toned kitchen island is a striking choice and complements a Scandi-style or minimalist interior. At our Nieuwbouw Villa in Antwerp a slim, white work surface blends seamlessly in with the white floor, ensuring it isn't a cumbersome addition to the room. One side contains concealed storage that’s practical and unobtrusive, while the other creates extra seating space with an eye-catching black wood panel acting as a modern bar area. The pendant lighting hanging from above boosts the spacious effect.
The functional design
Some ofthe most appealing kitchen island ideas for a busy modern household are those that possess multiple functions. As well as serving as a countertop to gather around and dine from, yours should also double up as an extra work surface.
A kitchen island with built-in storage, like at our classic Hawaan Forest villas in South Africa, is both stylish and practical. Choose from concealed cupboards and drawers such as at Hawaan Forest, or opt for open kitchen shelves to serve as a display cabinet. Think about using the space above your new workspace to hang some of your more eye-catching utensils or stack up baskets on top to give you extra room at floor level.
The vintage design
When kitchen islands first came into conception they were less a sleek statement and more likely to be in cart format. The beauty of a kitchen island cart is that you can move and adjust it as necessary. They can be compact enough not to add clutter to an apartment and substantial enough to store all your cooking equipment.
A vintage kitchen island cart is often made from rustic materials or two types of wood to create a smart delineation between the surface and storage area. Choose a wooden kitchen island cart finished with a marble surface for a contemporary contrast.
The spacious design
Rather than taking up room, a modern kitchen island should create a sense of space. Opt for a long, slim design, like at our Havre des Légendes home in Quebec, where there’s a neat area to tuck in your stools so it can act as a bar without being intrusive.
Other space-enhancing kitchen islands for an open kitchen include those that use glass or reflective metallics to play with the light in the room.
Alternatively, choose a floating island with space underneath to ensure it doesn’t interrupt the flow of your kitchen.
There are plenty of reasons an open kitchen design is appealing, from the atmosphere it conjures up to its inherently practical nature. Why not read another blog article with more ideas on creating your dream cooking space.