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Expert's Corner: Kitchen Islands

From size to functionality – here's how to clear up the kitchen island confusion
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 21-08-2021 15:30pm

Q & A – Andrew Hays, group creative director at Smallbone of Devizes

- Why include a kitchen island?
A kitchen island along with a well-positioned larder can create a zone where ease of access between food storage, prepping and cooking areas can be achieved. Appliances such as cookers and dishwashers can also be incorporated into island units to maximise space.

- How can we get the best from cooking and entertaining in an open-plan kitchen?
Today’s kitchens often feature islands of varying sizes and shapes, and in some cases more than one island. Each area within the island is designed with a specific function in mind so you can prepare, chop, wash and cook food, while talking to your family and friends. For example, the island can have a split level, featuring a seating area on one side and a ‘wet bar’ with boiling water tap and a wine cooler on the other.

Mulberry Street kitchen, Credit: Smallbone

- Which materials are popular?
Using a variety of materials allows you to visually differentiate between the zones within an open-plan space – oak-topped islands add warmth and create atmosphere for dining areas, whereas brushed stainless steel and granite are more suitable for prepping food and give the kitchen a professional look. The beauty of choosing a bespoke kitchen is being able to incorporate different materials for a modern aesthetic. Our Mulberry Street kitchen features traditional oak cabinetry, contrasted with cool and modern marble worktops and steel handles to add an industrial feel.

- What seating options work well?
Integrated booths and seating are becoming increasingly sought after and an island with a bench and chairs included is very popular, creating a centrepiece for the room. When working on a bespoke basis, the cabinetmakers will take the size of the room into great consideration, and will craft furniture to fit the space available.

Credit: Emily Peck (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 239, March 2016

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Expert’s Corner: How to Plan Your Kitchen Island... Part I

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