I don’t know about you, but I like to daydream about fancy, exquisitely-turned out kitchens. Not that I’m a five star chef, but still, I can spend a lot of time in the kitchen puttering about with my cup. Or glass! In the kitchen sections of catalogues or websites, I like to look at the kitchen island features as well. There is something so aesthetically pleasing about gleaming well-lit kitchens, with the island sort of drawing your eye in. I guess it conjures up visions of healthy and happy hearth and home – but that’s just the weird romantic in me.
The Island story begins
When my husband and I decided to remodel our kitchen, we didn’t have an unlimited budget. We did due diligence, visiting stores, checking websites, calling up contractors for price quotes, and moving from amorphous concepts to pretty much solid locked-down ideas about what each of us wanted.
I had set my heart on an island. Visions of a functional yet great-looking island buzzed in my head all the time. I knew it would be a useful addition to my kitchen. Not only did I want it to look good, I was also interested in the storage capabilities it offered. I told my contractor that we had to get a design for the island that would satisfy both these requirements.
In the end we opted for an open-concept kitchen which would allow free movement, and the eye to flow in the space that we had. The island, our contractor promised, would be the star of the area. How so? He pointed out that the black granite he would use for the island, in an off-white kitchen would ensure that the island ‘popped’. It would provide the essential focal point for the kitchen.
Choosing the right one
We spent some hours shopping for the right black granite. I wanted something tasteful, not showy, but possessing an understated elegance. The workshop was a huge area, and slabs of granite were displayed with their identifying numbers. It was hard to choose when you have so many good options, but we settled on this black slab shot with little rivers of chocolate and egg-white.
Once we had settled on the slab, we asked our contractor to ensure that there was plenty of storage space. This is where I store extra pots and pans, cookbooks, empty Tupperware, wine, and my go-to stash of chocolates (just because).
So if you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, do consider the island feature, even if it is a small kitchen. Designers these days can work wonders in small spaces. Here’s why you should consider putting in an island:
- Looks great and can be made to fit any style – modern, rustic, or in-between
- Serves as a handy storage space
- Can be used as a prep area for meals
- Can be used for grabbing a quick coffee between cooking times
- Also great for checking your email quickly while having said coffee