Many women want to have a spacious kitchen, which will be a real creative workshop where you can not only cook culinary delights, but also enjoy your time. Americans and Europeans have long appreciated the practicality of the design of such an original solution as a kitchen with an island, high-quality photos of which you can see in this material. In our country, such a layout is also becoming popular. Consider its features.
The bright island table accommodates the hob, bar and work area
Features of the kitchen with the island
The island is a special furniture module that is located in the central part of the kitchen space, separately from the rest of the headset. It can be a place for cooking or be a zone for its reception. This layout option has its advantages and disadvantages.
First, we list the positive aspects of this solution:
- Thanks to the use of the island in the kitchen, everything you need is at hand, there are many working surfaces, as can be seen in the following photos;
- The island perfectly zones kitchen-living room or studio apartment;
- At the table, the island is convenient to eat or drink a cup of your favorite drink;
- Allows you to simultaneously engage in cooking and chat with guests or other family members.
Lower cabinets of the island will be an excellent additional place to store kitchen utensils.
The negative aspects of this layout include the fact that:
- The established island will take a few extra square meters of space, which is not possible for any kitchen;
- In apartment buildings, problems may arise with the communications needed to install a sink or stove, and sometimes they will be impossible;
- Table-island will not replace a full-fledged dining table, and everyday use of bar stools is not very convenient.
The island table can be of any shape.
Kitchen with an island in a typical city apartment
It is possible to install the island in rooms of at least nine square meters. Since it occupies quite a lot of space, the kitchen of a standard apartment will require redevelopment - its transformation into a kitchen-living room, the design of which can be supplemented with the island option.
Using the island in the kitchen would be appropriate for a studio apartment, which perfectly demonstrates the following photo.
Interior kitchen-living room with an island in a studio apartment
Very important! The table-island should be located so that its working part is located in the kitchen area, and the dining area demarcates two territories - the kitchen and the hall.
In a small room, a competent layout will allow you to properly use the space of the kitchen island, making every inch of it as functional as possible, which can be clearly seen in the photo.
Functional placement of the kitchen table-island in the kitchen-living room
Table-island in a private house
The ideal place to place a table-island is a private house, where the kitchen usually has a large size. Cottage or country house gives a truly unlimited possibilities for translating the original design of the kitchen with the island.
Kitchen with an island in the attic of a private house
If you are considering an island table design option for the kitchen, then it is worth considering a number of nuances.
The use of such an original piece of furniture, such as an island, is convenient if the kitchen area is at least 16, and better - 20-25 square meters. However, in a small kitchen it is quite possible to have a kitchen with an island, if it is compact and extremely practical, which is well demonstrated by the following photos.
Bright and bright colors of the kitchen with the island make the room more airy.
The dimensions of the kitchen island are selected individually, depending on the scale of the room, as well as the needs of the family. For a small room it is better to use a compact island, and for a spacious one - a larger one, with a length of more than two meters. The optimal size of the island in the kitchen is 180 by 90 cm, with a recommended height of 85 to 90 cm, this is confirmed by the following photo.
Examples of island tables for kitchen rooms
The distance separating the island from the kitchen unit or walls should be at least 120 cm, which provides not only comfortable movement around the kitchen, but also convenient use of the storage system elements.
Multifunctional island area in the kitchen
Basic layout options
Installation of a table-island is possible on the territory of kitchens of various modifications.
This arrangement of the headset is well suited for placing the island. This kitchen plan with the island leaves quite a lot of space even in not very large rooms.
The placement of kitchen modules "on the line" allows you to install not only the island, but also the dining group. The latter is optimal for the kitchen-dining room. In this case, it is recommended to place the sink on the island, and to find a place in the main headset on the stove or hob, refrigerator.
To install a table-island in the kitchen with a U-shaped arrangement, you will need either a rather large room or a compact island module. Such a kitchen layout with an island is most likely in a private house, where a large amount of space is allocated for this room.
Kitchen Island Forms
It is desirable that the forms of the island and the kitchen echoed each other. For example, in a square space a square table will look more appropriate. The most popular is considered a rectangular option. In addition, non-standard versions are possible:
- Round or semicircular.
There are many design projects of island tables for the kitchen with wave and zigzag edges, asymmetrical bevels, examples of which can be seen in the photo below.
In a kitchen island, all its elements should be practical - horizontal and vertical surfaces, the space available above the structure itself.
Countertop Use Options
- The most common option is to use the island’s tabletop as another workplace.
- You can design a kitchen island with a dining table or bar.
- Very functional kitchen with an island, equipped with a sink. A vivid example is the following photo. In your own homes, the installation of a sink will not be too problematic, but for a city apartment it may be impossible to lay a water supply system.
- You can also equip the island with an electric hob.
Tip! The island's zone can be turned into a cozy cafe with a bar, putting high chairs to it, while offering guests a real menu.
Module capacity under the worktop
The lower part of the kitchen island can be organized as a storage system for dishes, kitchen utensils, as well as become a place for built-in appliances - microwave, oven, not too large refrigerator compartment, dishwasher.
Here you can also place shelves for books with culinary recipes, souvenirs, boxes with kitchen equipment.
Due to the fact that the inner part of the island contains a lot of different items, it is possible to use the kitchen option without using hanging boxes with an island, the photo of which you can see right now.
Using the space above the island table
In the case when the hob is built into the island module, you will need to install a powerful exhaust hood equipped with a backlight above its surface. At the same time, in order to make the air duct look more aesthetic, it is necessary to lower the ceiling level, using for this purpose a tension or drywall option.
An interesting design element that can be positioned above the island zone is the mensola - a decorative shelf, on different sides of which you can fasten various kitchen utensils.
Color and texture solutions
When creating a kitchen island design, the choice of a common color color, which concerns both the kitchen as a whole and the island island in particular, plays an important role.
The kitchen island, which is an inseparable part of the interior, must be in harmony with the rest of the furniture, decoration, and general decor of the room. But there are no strict rules - modern ideas allow you to design a kitchen with an island in a single color design and style, and make the island an accent element of space, which can be seen in the photo below.
As for the materials from which the table-island for the kitchen is made, when choosing large island kitchens, it is best to give preference to natural textures - wood, stone. Refined, monumental will look marble surface. If the island will be placed sink, the right decision would be the choice of moisture-resistant materials.
Kitchen island design can be made in any style option - it all depends on the preferences of its owner.
This style is characterized by the use of natural materials, stained glass on the glass cabinets. The surface of the island in this case can be decorated with shelves in the form of arches, balusters. If for the execution of a kitchen with an island, such a direction as a classic is chosen, and there is a hob in it, then an exhaust hood resembling a fireplace is placed above its space. Kitchens with an island, made in a similar style, can be seen in the following photo.
All kinds of weaving are peculiar to this design: baskets, drawers, curtains from calico, a large number of wooden elements. This interior is considered one of the most budget.
In the kitchen island, made in this style, there will be a lot of metal and glass elements. A characteristic feature - streamlined, smooth forms, dishes and appliances are hidden inside the cabinets. The predominant colors used for decoration are: contrasting black and white, gray, metallic.
This style is distinguished by the presence of the most functional storage areas, built-in equipment. Door cabinets, as a rule, sliding, and handles and various decorative elements are missing or hidden. The Maria's kitchens with the island, made in this style, the photos of which are presented below are a perfect example of this.
Kitchen design with a high-tech island is the realm of metal surfaces. This design has much in common with the classical direction.
Kitchen island, harmoniously inscribed in the overall style of the room, can be its highlight and stylish decoration. This unique element of the interior will be appropriate in a private house with its spacious rooms, and in a small apartment. A tasteful kitchen design with an island, which can be clearly seen in the photo, will not go unnoticed for anyone and will allow you to hear sincere compliments more than once.