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We all know that the kitchen becomes the center of almost any fun gathering of family and friends and an island is at the center of that social experience!

An island (or peninsula) should add functionality and efficiency to your kitchen. At the same time, its look and size provides an anchor to your kitchen and often a dividing line between the kitchen itself and the living space around it. Because people tend to gather in the kitchen this is perfect for parties. The additional counter space is worth it so you can lay out all your party favors!

A kitchen with island and three bar stools. Shown with Designer Roller Shades from Hunter Douglas.
Kitchen islands often become the focal point of social gatherings.


When you plan your island, consider all purposes you want or need, including:
– A second sink, stovetop or oven
– A wine refrigerator
– Additional counter space
– Extra storage, which can be closed cabinets, open storage or both
– More seating for casual meals, kids’ homework or guests to hang out while you cook

A kitchen with 2nd sink in a kitchen island. Shown with Silhouette Window Shadings.
Adding an island allows you to add another sink to your kitchen.


Think of these choices when designing your kitchen island:
– Use the same cabinet color and countertops as the rest of the kitchen or a contrasting color and style
– Add interesting bar stools and beautiful pendant lighting
– Create a shape that complements your floor plan and allows enough space to move around (and open dishwasher and oven doors completely)
– Add open shelving above your island to display your cookbooks or your most beautiful glasses and dishes
– Hang your pots and pans above the island

Add function to your kitchen with an island. It will become the focal point of your kitchen, and maybe even your home. You’ll be glad you did it because it will enhance your home is so many ways!

A kitchen with island, bar stools and pendant light. Shown with Modern Precious Metals aluminum blinds from Hunter Douglas.
Enhance your kitchen island with interesting bar stools and pendant lighting.