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6 Handy Ideas to Consider Before Installing a Kitchen Island

A kitchen island is a state-of-the art feature which is proving popular in many homes. It offers a sociable area for family and friends to congregate whilst food is cooking, and it also offers storage and workspace.

Not only can an island enhance the practicality of the living space but it can improve the room’s décor too. A kitchen island can be built to complement your colour scheme and to suit your needs and budget. Here are 6 handy tips to consider before installing an island in your kitchen.

• Lighting

It is important to choose the right lighting. Good lighting is vital in food preparation areas for health and safety reasons but it can also play a part in setting the ambience of the room. Recessed spotlights are popular as well as pendant lamps which dangle in the centre of the kitchen, suspended over the island.

• Breakfast bar

More and more Britons are creating a breakfast bar as a versatile place for their children to eat and do their homework. It means that you can save the dining area for formal meal times and keep an eye on the little ones whilst you are cooking. Bar stools will sit neatly under your breakfast bar and come in a wide array of designs, so you can co-ordinate them with the rest of the décor.

• Extra storage

One of the excellent features of a kitchen island is that it can provide plenty of drawers and cupboards. You can also integrate some of your appliances into the design such as the washing machine and tumble dryer. Worktops can become cluttered with lots of small appliances on show but adding shelving to your island will allow you to proudly display your cookbooks, or pretty china.

• Divisions

Open plan kitchens provide much more breathing space but you can position your kitchen island as a room divider to separate each working area. By doing this, you can clearly isolate the cooking and dining zones.

• Add an extra sink

Busy family kitchens could benefit from an extra sink so why not integrate this into the island. Many homeowners use the island to prepare food so the second sink could be useful for washing fruit and vegetables.

• Drinks station

For some homeowners, the kitchen is primarily a living space to entertain guests and host dining evenings. So why not take advantage of an island and create a drinks station? It will be the ideal location to serve food and drinks from for parties. Often the main fridge can become full with the weekly shop so you could invest in a wine cooler to free up some space.

This article was provided by Britannia Living, specialists in premium modern range cookers.

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