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Kitchen Islands – Storage AND Style
Your kitchen is the main hub of most homes. Not only is it a place where you can create delicious meals, but depending on its size, your kitchen can also be a great dining area and the perfect place for your family to socialise.
This is why more and more of us are choosing to invest in a kitchen make-over, and one of the most popular ways to give your kitchen a face lift is by installing a kitchen island. This modern, stylish feature not only looks great, but also gives you the option of adding more counter and cabinet space, electrical outlets and sink or stove options.
Not just for large kitchens
You don’t necessarily need a huge kitchen space to make an island work for you. Try putting a large table in the middle of your kitchen for a few days and see how it feels. In fact, as a rule of thumb, a kitchen island shouldn’t take up more than 10% of the total floor space and can easily be scaled up or down to best suit the confines of your kitchen.
Aside from adding valuable storage space to your kitchen, an island can also dictate the style and look of the whole room. You can really get your creative juices flowing when it comes to choosing the materials your island will be made from. From slabs of marble for a clean, sleek look, to vintage materials such as beaded boards, you can achieve a whole host of different looks for your kitchen. ASDA Direct sell a range of bar stools that will complement any island style you’re after.
With a kitchen island, it’s possible to create a large amount of drawer and cabinet space underneath the counter. You can fit plenty of storage space both sides of an island, which is great for keeping pots, pans and cooking utensils close to hand. Some people choose to have their stove located on the island as a feature, but remember that this means sacrificing some of the storage available.