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Granite or Marble Kitchen Island Countertops

by Daniel Morrell

Posted on December 06, 2017 01:00:00 PM

Being the centerpiece of the kitchen the island helps make the space the heart of the home. But it takes a deft hand at interior design to create an island that fits just perfectly with the room. The right island will both complement and complete your home, while the wrong island will bring the project and home down – this is needs to be avoided if you are considering selling it in the future. Sounds like a lot but we have advice on what you can do to design the right kitchen island for you.

First, you need to figure out what purpose or purposes the kitchen island will serve – will it be a dining area? Will it serve as a prep station with a second sink? Will it act as an extra storage unit? Once you have answered one or more of these questions then you can tackle the layout of the island and how big or small it will be. You need to work within the physical constraints of the space. Too small and it will look out of place. Too big and it will make the rest of the kitchen look and feel crowded: this becomes more pronounced with several people standing around it or trying to dine on the table. Make sure the island is proportional to your kitchen to avoid these potential headaches.


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Related to the size of the island is how much aisle space you should leave between it and the opposing cabinets and countertops. Forty-two inches would be ideal but thirty-six inches is the absolute minimum. As for the actual shape of the island, be creative! Make sure it fits the basic design criteria above but it is okay not to go the conventional route. People are so used to the perfect square kitchen island that we automatically default to that but you definitely do not have to use that shape. Work within the boundaries of the kitchen as a whole but feel free to let your own tastes and personality guide the approach to the island’s design. Modern kitchen design dictates adding extra storage units to the island and we agree with that.

The island regardless of shape and size, takes up a significant amount of space – it would be a waste not to take advantage of the extra storage space it could offer you. Extra cabinets in the drawer could mean the difference between simply turning around to fetch an important ingredient and walking around the island to cupboards on the other side of the kitchen. When creating a design for the kitchen, be sure to factor in the island as it is a very significant part of the space.