Elevate Your Kitchen with an Ideal Island

If the kitchen reigns supreme as the heart of your home then your island is a culinary center and social hub all rolled into one. After all, how many times are we gathered around a kitchen island? But beyond its utilitarian purpose, a well-designed island can elevate your kitchen’s aesthetics and functionality.

The Remodel-Design-Build Team, at The Cleary Company in Columbus, Ohio, loves creating a variety of shapes, styles, and configurations of kitchen islands specific to our clients’ needs.

Shapes – Styles – Configurations

There are endless options to choose from so how do you know what will be right for your kitchen? Read on to learn what our Designers consider when incorporating an island into a design plan.

Classic Rectangular Islands:

  • Timeless and practical. Rectangular islands are the most requested choice for kitchens as they work well in most configurations of a kitchen design.
  • Ideal for larger spaces or an open concept, they offer ample countertop space for meal prep and entertaining.
  • Extended overhangs with seating are perfect for breakfast and snack meals but are space-dependent.
  • A sink, microwave, stove top, or dishwasher can all be featured in this type of island.
  • Incorporate built-in storage solutions like specialty pull-out drawers for cooking utensils or pans for added convenience.

T-Shaped Islands:

  • A contemporary twist on the traditional. A T-shaped island creates a dynamic focal point.
  • If space allows, the perpendicular shape can accommodate added seating, more storage, and multiple work zones.
  • Adding a statement pendant light above the intersection creates a bit of drama and flare.

Peninsula or L-Shaped Islands:

  • Maximize corner space and functionality with this shape.
  • Incorporate distinct zones for prepping, cooking, and dining, making it perfect as a multitasking option.
  • Plan for built-in appliances or a prep sink, and increase the functionality.
  • A peninsula island will be attached to one wall, which is ideal for smaller kitchens.

Circular Islands:

  • There’s a resurgence of curvy islands due to their fluidity and graceful lines.
  • A design that works well in smaller kitchens, providing a seamless flow and no hard angles or corners.

Multiple Islands:

  • Why only have one island? If your space allows, a second one upgrades the style and luxury of your kitchen to the next level. Perfect for those who frequently host large gatherings!
  • Twice the counterspace allows for room to incorporate many different tasks. Think of using one as functional and the second for serving, eating, or even homework space for the kids.
  • Add a beverage station with under-counter appliances like an ice maker and fridge for entertaining and to keep guests and kids out of the main working space of the kitchen.

Smart Islands:

  • Pop-out hidden power outlets and USB outlets allow device charging when needed but can be hidden away when not in use and add functionality to any island design.
  • Add these smart features, such as touchless faucets, connected appliances, a retractable TV, and built-in speakers.
  • Connect your island to a home automation system for seamless control of lights, music, and more.

Mobile and Modular Islands:

  • A moveable island offers flexibility in a small kitchen serving multiple purposes and changing needs. Use when needed, and store out of the way when not in use.
  • Consider a unit that incorporates a built-in cutting board, knife block and storage.

Waterfall Countertops:

  • Create a sleek and seamless look with a waterfall edge island. This is where the countertop cascades down the sides, creating visual interest.
  • Engineered quartz or natural stones like granite, marble or quartzite are all luxurious choices for this style.
  • This look can be added to one or both sides of the island and can also accommodate seating.

Kitchen Island Inspiration Gallery

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Countertop Materials Matter!

Now that you’ve considered configuration and function, don’t forget about choosing a countertop. Again, with so many options, what material should you choose for your island countertops? We love them all and collaborate with our clients to find what works for their lifestyle needs and budget.

Here’s a list of a few of the more common countertop materials and their properties:

  • Engineered Quartz—is a man-made product of reconstituted natural quartzite. It is a very durable, low-maintenance material. It is available in a stunning array of designs, patterns, and colors. Our Designers love Cambria!
  • Natural Stone—is sophisticated, classic, and a choice for many people. Sheens, colors, and styles are readily available. It does require upkeep which can be dependent on the variety you choose. Natural stones can also patina with age so it’s important to know what type you have and to follow through with recommended care & maintenance. The most varieties available are granite, marble, and quartzite.
  • Butcher Block—made from certain types of wood like pine and oak naturally have antimicrobial properties that help kill bacteria. They also add a warm, soothing aesthetic to your space. Many home cooks like using butcher block. Watch out for knife marks and be ready to do some regular oiling to keep them in the best shape.
  • Stainless Steel—is sleek and hygienic. These modern and industrial countertops aren’t a choice for all, but they might be an excellent choice for your kitchen if you’re going for a more commercial or industrial look.
  • Laminate—is a flexible product that is easy to work with and a great choice when budget is a concern. Formica is the most recognized name brand but others our Team have used are WilsonArt or Arborite. They can imitate materials like wood, stone or brick and are used for more than just countertops. Although care & maintenance is relatively easy (no sealing required) the product is not as durable as the materials listed above.

Ready to Get Started on Your Kitchen Remodel?

When you embark on your kitchen remodeling journey, our Design Team will collaborate with you to strike the right balance between aesthetics and functionality. This is the heart of your home, where memories are made and culinary magic unfolds!

Contact our Client Relations Coordinator by calling 614-459-4000 or schedule a day and time for us to call you by clicking here.