Do’s and don’ts of kitchen island design. When it comes to getting the kitchen layout and the kitchen island design right, it pays to pick the brains of the professionals. The builders at Porter Davis have experience in home layouts and they have a list of five do’s and don’ts when it comes to kitchen island bench design.
Do’s. Opt for a wide island bench “Ample space is key for preparing food, cooking, entertaining, and dining at the bench on bar stools, says Porter Davis, World of Style, Interior Designer Patrizia Romeo. Make a statement If your sink and sink mixer are on the island bench, make these a feature. Achieve this by selecting a feature finish to your tapware, such as matte black, gunmetal or bronze tapware, says Patrizia. Include an undermount sink with a removable drainer for a more streamlined look (as a drainer will take up valuable bench space). If your appliances live on the island bench choose functional statement pieces.
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Prioritise your workflow Don’t forget to think about how you will move around the kitchen, and therefore the location of your cabinetry, sink, dishwasher and cutlery drawers in proximity to your kitchen island bench, says Patrizia. This will allow for an easy workflow when preparing and washing up. Don’t go rogue Don’t be afraid to experiment, but it needs to be cohesive with the rest of the kitchen. Put your personal touch to the space!
Seating. Because most people spend a lot of time congregating around the kitchen island tables, you need the right stools to sit on, says Emma. The right stool can make or break the finish on not only the bench top, but the kitchen, too. It also encourages the kids to jump up and grab a seat if you’re busy in the kitchen.
Add Storage Include feature doors or drawers, or open feature shelves to the rear of the island bench. Not only does this look stylish, but it also provides extra storage space.Watch your sink size. Don’t have a extra long sink, as this will take up much-needed bench space and limits how you use the island bench,” says Patrizia. Go wide “Don’t go for a narrow depth to your island, as this will reduce the size and the area which you have to work from. And you may not be able to use bar stools if too narrow.”