For those of us who like to cook for friends and show off our culinary skills the standard kitchen design of 3 walls and a U-bench are over. Who wants to be closed off from the rest of the dinner party while serving over a hot stove? Instead, you need something more modern, practical, and above all welcoming.
The kitchen for the modern cook is not just a place to get work done, it’s also a place where they socialize and mingle with their friends and family – while they practice their culinary arts, sip on glasses of fine wine, and conduct polite conversation. For the modern family the kitchen is also the central hub from which the day’s activity springs. The day starts in the kitchen and ends in the kitchen so why not make it more inviting and open?
One kitchen design principle that stands out from the rest in its ability to provide for this exact scenario is the kitchen island design. This design principle still allows for the separation of the kitchen from the main living area, but it does so without completely closing it off. The appeal and practicality of the design has taken off and now we are seeing more and more new houses built using this kitchen theme. If you are not lucky enough to be purchasing a new home with an already perfect kitchen there is still hope, as you always have the option of doing a complete kitchen makeover with a remodeling company.
As with any house remodeling there are no limits in design choices, but it will be the budget that ultimately sets the stage for your next kitchen. One design choice that always creates a warm and open environment is wood. Dark woods work best in a kitchen with a lot of light. For smaller kitchens lighter is often better, but as with most design choices it usually comes down to personal preferences. Properly prepared wood makes a lovely counter top but don’t forget that granite, stainless steel, or marble can add that personal flare and, you have to admit, those materials are extremely durable.
If you’re in the mood for a newer, warmer, more open kitchen then definitely check out the range of choices available with kitchen island ideas under in our kitchen remodeling gallery. It’s guaranteed to give your home a whole new vibe.