Conventional wisdom says that, if you want to create value in your home, you have to focus on the kitchen. If you’re planning to build a custom home in Oklahoma or Arkansas, don’t skimp on the details in your future kitchen.
These days, no kitchen is complete without an island. A kitchen island can provide added counter space for greater function and convenience. It can also be a great spot for eating your breakfast or for your guests to sit and keep you company as you prepare a delicious meal.
The design of modern kitchens is always evolving, especially when it comes to islands. So, to help you with your new home kitchen plans, let’s have a look at some key kitchen island trends.
1.Serving Multiple Functions
Of course, your kitchen island will be great for food prep. But homeowners have found that it has become a hub for many family activities. Put your laptop or tablet on it, and it doubles as a workstation. It’s an ideal spot for the kids to do their homework. The kitchen island is a perfect spot for families to work on crafts or art projects together.
Great conversations and special moments often take place around a kitchen island. Whether you’re chatting with a friend while preparing dinner, or spending some quality time with a child, you’ll find that many of your best priceless and lasting memories happen around your island. So clearly, its function extends well beyond the utilitarian.
2. A Convenient Place for Appliances
It’s no longer necessary for all the appliances to be placed along the walls in the kitchen. Many new home builders are adding great appliances to kitchen islands for greater convenience and better functionality. In addition to a sink or cooktop that can commonly be found on an island, you can opt for a wine fridge, a dishwasher, warming drawers, an open flame barbecue and a recycling center in your new home kitchen island.
3. The Expanding Size of Kitchen Islands
Recently, new home kitchen designs have been featuring much larger islands. This trend is not altogether surprising when you consider the rising importance of the kitchen island within the home. In open concept floor plans, the kitchen island is often used to create a division between rooms. To adequately divide larger areas, kitchen islands must be bigger. Some can be as large as a king-size bed, or bigger, to make room for all the amenities you want. If this trend continues, the term island may become insufficient. Will you be interested in a kitchen continent in your new home?
4. Multiple Kitchen Islands
As an alternative to extra large kitchen islands, double islands have seen a dramatic rise in popularity in recent years. You can choose to reserve one for food preparation and the other for eating and socializing, or perhaps both can serve multiple functions. This option is also beneficial if you have several people helping to prepare a meal.
There’s no doubt that a kitchen island is convenient and valuable in a new home. How you choose to use it and which features you opt for will help to personalize your new home kitchen.
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