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The luxury of a kitchen island

15 March 2024
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Perhaps the kitchen is one of the main rooms. Here we spend a significant amount of time, cook, communicate with loved ones, meet with friends... It's no coincidence it's called the heart of the home. In connection with this, there arises an important question of organizing this space so that it is as convenient and beautiful as possible.

One of the popular solutions that attracts the attention of both designers and kitchen owners is the installation of a kitchen island. This element not only enhances the functionality of the kitchen but also adds coziness and comfort, turning the space into an ideal place for cooking and family gatherings.

The advantages of this furniture piece are hard to overestimate. A kitchen island increases the working surface, provides additional storage space - it can accommodate dishes, appliances, pots, pans, and other kitchen accessories, it serves as a bar counter, zones the space - the island helps to divide the kitchen into working and dining areas, and also becomes a focal point, gathering family and friends around it.

Choosing the perfect size

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Determining the ideal size of the kitchen island depends on several factors, including the size of the kitchen itself, its configuration, and the owner's preferences. In general, optimal island sizes usually range from 1.2 to 1.5 meters in width and from 2 to 2.5 meters in length. This allows for enough space for food preparation, placement of work surfaces, and comfortable movement around the island. However, for a small kitchen, you can also choose a miniature island of 60x60 cm, which will not encroach on space but rather relieve the kitchen.

The golden triangle rule

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Strategic placement is of paramount importance. The golden rule of kitchen ergonomics dictates that the refrigerator, stove, and sink should form a work triangle and be at a minimum distance from each other. Such a configuration ensures a smooth working process, allowing you to easily reach all necessary items while ensuring safety in the kitchen.

In this context, the island can become part of the triangle if you place a stove or sink on it; on the other hand, the island can be made a connecting transit surface to reduce distances and add a worktop.

Combining island and table

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The versatility of the island goes beyond its role as a dedicated workspace. Imagine how it transforms into a stylish bar counter, completely replacing the traditional dining table. Alternatively, it can complement your existing table perfectly, creating a separate area for light breakfasts or snacks. Another option is to combine the countertops of the island and the dining table. In this case, it's more of an aesthetic solution rather than functional, although convenience should not be overlooked.

Variety of shapes

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There are many layout options and arrangements for kitchen islands. For example, an L-shaped island may be the optimal solution for small kitchens where it's important to use the available space as efficiently as possible. On the contrary, a U-shaped island provides more space for storage and food preparation, making it ideal for large kitchens. A T-shaped island can be an excellent solution for dividing the kitchen space into cooking, dining, and socializing zones. And a curved shape adds originality to the kitchen and becomes an accent in the interior.

Smart optimization

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Perhaps one of the main temptations to acquire a kitchen island is its functionality. The choice of various storage systems is simply enormous, so it is really worth paying special attention to the technical part and, like a Lego constructor, assembling an island considering individual needs and habits.

To optimize the use of island space, various built-in organizers are often used, such as bottle racks, carousels, railings, baskets for vegetables and fruits, shelves for kitchen utensils, magnetic holders, and wine fridges. Some islands are also equipped with pull-out countertops or built-in bar counters, making them even more functional and convenient to use.

Marble and metal mix

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When choosing materials for a kitchen island, it's worth paying attention to the combination of marble and metal. This allows you to create a stylish and modern interior while maintaining the functionality and durability of the structure. A good alternative to marble can be ceramic granite, which is no less aesthetic in texture but much easier to maintain and retains its original appearance for a long time.

Warmth of wood

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Wood species are also popular when creating kitchen islands. They add coziness and naturalness to the room and can be easily incorporated into various interior styles. When choosing a wood species, you can consider oak, walnut, beech, or larch. In addition, you can play with contrasts and combine wood with other materials such as metal, glass, or stone. For example, you can make a marble or granite countertop and cabinet fronts out of wood.

Glass hi-tech

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Glass kitchen islands are a modern solution in interior design. Using this material gives the kitchen lightness and transparency, creating a sense of space and light. Glass is also easy to clean and maintain in its original condition. Moreover, glass surfaces go hand in hand with original design ideas: the play of light on the glass, which at that moment seems to come alive.

Our company will help you create a kitchen island that meets all your needs and combines the latest technologies and stylish design. We specialize in an individual approach to each project, taking into account the features of your space, design preferences, and functional requirements. Experienced designers from Globus will help you choose the optimal island configuration, as well as select suitable materials and storage systems to make your kitchen as convenient and functional as possible.

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