Important Kitchen Interior Design Components & How to Tie Them All Together… Part 1: Kitchen Islands

As discussed this week on the Pete and Brenda radio show…  This article is the first in a series that will address kitchen interior design components that are important to consider if you are planning to remodel/update or build a new kitchen.  These components include:

  • Kitchen Islands:
    • Counter tops
    • Bases
  • Lighting
  • Vent Hoods
  • Backsplashes
  • Window treatments
  • How to tie it all together into a cohesive look
Kitchen islands provide an opportunity to add a unique individual interior design component that can really make a statement in your kitchen.  Not only are they functional for food preparation, but also eating space, entertaining, and/or storage.   
Island counter tops:   You can create interest by incorporating a different countertop surface than the rest of the kitchen counters.  This can be a way to help save on costs as well… for example you could put the more expensive, solid surface countertop where you need it most, and where you’ll be preparing food.  Solid surfaces are much better than tile grout lines because of cleaning and ease of sterilization.   You can save on kitchen island surfaces made out of wood, cement, stainless steel, granite tile, or other tile materials.  Your costs will be more affordable if they are a simple shape and not extremely large.  Also, it  makes the most sense to have seating at your island if you have the space.   

Island bases:     The on-going trend has been to incorporate islands that stand out and add a great creative focal point to your kitchen.   The photo examples below demonstrate how you can create a better “wow” factor in your kitchen if your island doesn’t just blend in with the rest of the cabinetry…

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Above:  The island stands out with a different base color and countertop.  Photo courtesy of Traditional Home


Left:  Contrasting islands
Above:  Jaw dropping kitchen island


Above:  An affordable and quick alternative to a custom island


Above:  An affordable and unique kitchen island option
With these great trends, you can integrate a new kitchen island in your kitchen as a phase in your remodeling process.  This way you don’t have to break the bank by remodeling your entire kitchen at once.    Also, it is helpful to know that custom options are typically the more expensive route to take.  If your budget is really tight, consider incorporating a standard piece of furniture as your island, and/or adding some custom elements to an existing piece, such as wheels and a different counter top surface.
Next week we’ll discuss:  Kitchen Lighting
4 Responses to “Important Kitchen Interior Design Components & How to Tie Them All Together… Part 1: Kitchen Islands”
  1. Nice pictures are representing unlimited idea and inspiration more than only beautiful content.

    With my own-think, almost people don’t have idea about how to match color tone inside home. So, if you could write additional content about the color harmony for interior design will be useful.

    I found some idea from Ezine,—Brighter-Offices-Induce-More-Productivity&id=3045606 – Thailand Modular Building Manufacturers

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