Monday, February 20, 2012

Kitchen Islands - Multi-Functional Centers

Yes, I was gone for a while from my blog... combination of a lingering sinus problem, frozen/broken water pipes in the house, and just general lazy winter blahs. :(

I hope I can make up for my absence! Sorry, everyone.

Anyhow... although I have never had one, I have always wanted a kitchen island. Who doesn't want extra work space? And today's modern islands perform a multitude of functions, from extra prep counter space to special prep sinks, storage, and places to feature special appliances. Some islands even feature extended counters to form a dining bar.

Whether you have one that matches your cabinetry or countertops, or something fun and contrasting, these islands can transform a kitchen from adequate into a highly functional space.

Traditional island with marble counter and decorative corbels
(by Venegas and Company)

Rustic European-style kitchen with antique island cabinet

Island with seating and basket storage
(by Felhandler/ Steeneken Architects)

Contemporary triangular island with eating area
(by Frederick + Frederick Architects)

More photos after the page break
Island with display shelving
(by Archipelago Hawaii, refined island designs)

Breakfast bar island with a contrasting dark color to the white cabinets
(by Tongue & Groove)

Island with shelves for cookbooks
(by Andre Rothblatt Architecture)

Slim island with marble top is great for rolling dough, and can be made from a sturdy sofa table
(by Mahoney Architects & Interiors)

Unique small island made from an antique sewing machine stand
(by Cozy Little House)

Farmhouse island with multiple pigeonholes
(by Kenzer Furniture)

Island with built-in dog dishes, and drawers for holding leashes and treats
(by Artisan Kitchens LLC)

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