Here at Priory Kitchen Studio, we are Preston’s leading kitchen design specialists. And we work with homeowners and property developers across Preston, and the North West, to deliver top quality, stunning kitchen solutions. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about choosing a kitchen island for an open plan kitchen.

What are the benefits of kitchen islands for open plan kitchens?

There are a number of benefits and advantages to installing a kitchen island in an open plan kitchen space. These include:

  • Creating a zonal barrier- open plan kitchens rely on zonal areas to keep the area practical and functional. A kitchen island can create a clear zonal barrier that separates the living and relaxing space from the kitchen and food preparation area, without the need for a dividing wall.
  • Creating a visual feature- A kitchen island can be a stunning visual feature in any open plan home, in any style. A well designed kitchen island can be sure to capture attention. Just choose the right colour, finish and shape to make the biggest impact.
  • Adding seating- A kitchen island can add effective seating to an open plan kitchen area, as a practical space for casual or formal dining, or for a casual breakfast area.

What are the important considerations for kitchen islands in open plan kitchens?

When installing a kitchen island in an open plan kitchen there are a number of considerations to bear in mind. These include:

  • The size- Its important to choose the right size kitchen island for your open plan kitchen. If your kitchen island is too small for the space, it will not have the visual impact you are hoping for, and may not have enough seating to be practical. A kitchen island that is too large can over power the space and take up too much room.
  • The shape- Kitchen islands are available in a range of shapes, from rectangular to rounded. Curved kitchen islands are growing in popularity and this year are expected to be one of the most popular trends. A hexagonal kitchen island can also be a good idea, especially in a traditional home with a traditional design.
  • Seating- If you want your kitchen island to provide seating in your open plan kitchen, you will need to consider the style of seating, the height of the worktop, and the amount of seating.
  • Storage- Kitchen island storage options include drawers, cupboards and shelf units. Choosing the right type of storage for your requirements, in your kitchen, can make a big difference to the practicalities of the kitchen island.

For more information or advice, or for your new kitchen, get in touch with the experts today, here at Priory Kitchen Studio.

by Priory Kitchen Studio