Remodeling Decisions: Kitchen Island

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

I recently listened to an episode of Young House Love's podcast about kitchen islands. They were discussing a Wall Street Journal article that proclaimed the death of kitchen islands and got me thinking about our own kitchen layout. 

We've flipped back and forth on a few layouts with the latest (and final!) one including an island. Even though it's not finished yet, I'm happy we decided to include an island and can't wait to see it installed! 

We were originally going to do two peninsula (or L-shaped) counters but I started worrying about traffic flow. With a peninsula, there would only be one entrance and exit into the kitchen. An island would allow multiple traffic flows to get in and out of the kitchen without stumbling on top of each other. 

It also turned out that we'll have even more cabinet space with an island than we would with a peninsula and, since we were planning to put stools on one side of the peninsula anyway, we'll still have the same amount of seating with an island. 

I've never had a kitchen with an island before so I may change my mind, but at the moment I'm excited about this addition. With a huge open room, the island will serve as the divider between the rest of the house and the kitchen without impeding the conversation or view of the rest of the house.

If you haven't guessed already, I have a thing for painted islands. All of the photos above are pinned on my kitchen board and have served as the inspiration for our own island. Ours will not have any appliances in it other than the microwave on one side and will include back-to-back cabinets plus a seating area. Ultimately, it will be a pretty big work space which I'm very excited about while still allowing for extra seating. 

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