Kitchen islands are popular among homeowners for many reasons. Specifically, they create additional space for work, storage, and seating while simultaneously becoming focal points in and of themselves. If you’re thinking of adding an island to your kitchen, there’s one way to maximize the benefits to meet your unique wants and needs: Design it yourself!
Read on for a roundup of tips aimed at helping you bring the kitchen island of your dreams to life with a little help from Croft + Spire.
1. Assess How You’ll Use It
In order to conceptualize the ideal kitchen island, you should first identify how you plan to use it. Kitchen islands are inherently multi-purpose; however, some needs may be more pressing than others. Because of this, it’s important to be as specific as possible when evaluating the purposes your island will serve.
For example, most people want kitchen islands for the storage space they offer, but there are many different kinds of storage. While bakers may need a designated set of cupboards for baking supplies, chefs may require a deeper set of drawers for larger pots and pans. Meanwhile, others may envision their new kitchen island as the perfect perch for doing homework and enjoying afternoon snacks.
Some homeowners may be more interested in kitchen islands for the extra prep space, room for appliances, and additional electrical outlets they provide. Certain islands, like our beautiful Mission kitchen island, even come with the option of an extendable tabletop.
Again, the more you know your wants and needs, the better you’ll be able to customize a kitchen island that meets them.
2. Determine Its Location
As unattached structures, kitchen islands can be placed virtually anywhere. However, just because they can go anywhere doesn’t mean they should. The placement of your island shouldn’t interfere with access to any part of the kitchen; rather, it should be conveniently located in a way that supports its purpose.
If your kitchen island will primarily be used for food prep, placing it near the fridge or pantry makes sense. Meanwhile, if it’s being used for plating and serving food, a location closer to the stove may be more appropriate. In both cases, the placement of the island has the potential to complement and enhance how you use your kitchen.
3. Think Size and Scale
The idea of a large, luxurious kitchen island is an appealing one. However, as enticing as a bounty of extra storage and workspace seems, large kitchen islands risk overwhelming a room and interfering with its flow. Conversely, a kitchen island that’s too small could fall short of its potential.
Ultimately, the best kitchen islands will enhance your kitchen’s functionality while remaining proportionate to the room itself. Depending on the size and scale of your kitchen, a small farmhouse kitchen island, medium kitchen island, or large kitchen island may be ideal.
4. Choose the Right Materials
When customizing a kitchen island, you’ll have your pick of materials, styles, colors, finishes, and hardware. Choosing the right options supports both the form and function of your kitchen. For example, a quartz surface is a smart choice if durability and stain-resistance are paramount concerns. Meanwhile, butcher block makes sense if you’re planning on using your kitchen island for prep-related tasks like chopping and cutting.
However, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of how your kitchen island looks. After all, your kitchen is the heart and soul of your home, and it should be a welcoming space. Selecting styles and materials that speak to your personal design aesthetic is also essential. One way to go? Choosing materials, colors, and finishes that coordinate with the other pieces in your kitchen (and the overall décor of your home) creates a harmonious and cohesive space. Or, if you’re looking to liven up your kitchen, consider an island in contrasting colors or materials to add a pop of color or elements of texture.
5. Know Your Options
There are near-endless options when it comes to customizing a kitchen island. Drawer organizers, lazy Susans, fold-out shelves, pull-out spice racks, pop-up work surfaces, built-in trash and recycling receptacles, and door-mounted racks are just a few of the options to consider when designing a Croft + Spire kitchen island.
In addition to extraordinary customization options, choosing Croft + Spire for your kitchen island project also ensures that the final result will be an heirloom piece that exceeds your expectations in every way.