If it’s time for a kitchen makeover, and your finances don’t match your vision, try making the kitchen island the star in your plan. There are ways to make everything look new by replacing or upgrading just the island.
Redoing all the cabinets in the same style and color can get a little tedious after awhile. All that wood, or white, or whatever, begins to be boring. Even accenting with contrasting counters, wall coverings, or fixtures may not be enough to make your kitchen sing rather than sting. But making the island the star attraction by using different cabinetry, work surfaces and increasing it’s usefulness, can be the key to making the whole kitchen look new and refreshed. And it’s much more affordable than a complete makeover.
Kitchen islands can be the workhorses of an efficient kitchen. Not only can they serve as extra prep space or for serving buffet style, they can house a cooktop, a bar sink, or even dishwasher drawers. The kitchen island can be designed to fit the space available. If your kitchen is long and narrow, the island can also be long and narrow. You can have an area for counter dining that wraps around one end or along the side.
The functionality of an island can be enhanced by installing electrical outlets that run from the floor directly into the island. The microwave can be housed here, but so can various other small appliances. Open shelving can store those bulky but frequently used applicances such as crock pots, coffee pots, and blenders where they are easily available. Several electical outlets make it easy to use these gadgets when you serve from the island.
The top of the island can be done in an endless variety of contrasting or coordinating materials to accent your kitchen. Laminates used to be your only option. But granite and man-made stone tops are available in many colors. A marble pastry top or a butcher block can be inset into your island. Concrete counters are very popular right now and offer endless varieties of color and texture to complement any kitchen design. Your pocketbook is the only limit to the possibilities.