If you are anything like almost 60% of renovating homeowners, you probably dream of adding a kitchen island to your home as well. It’s one of those dream home items that can transform the kitchen from boring to wow.
But many people wonder if kitchen islands are on their way out as a trend or if they are still something people aspire to have in their homes. The first thing to remember about home renovations is that kitchen trends are always coming and going.
If you like a particular trend, then you can use it for as long as you desire. It’s your home, after all.
More than that, it’s important to keep in mind that kitchen islands as a trend are here to stay because of the many advantages they have (more on that below).
But certain aspects of this trend are becoming outdated. Keep reading to find out more about all these nuances, so you can renovate in peace, knowing that your kitchen remodel is still on point.
Advantages of Kitchen Islands
Why are kitchen islands so beloved among homeowners and renovation experts? It isn’t just because they are fashionable. It’s also because you can gain a lot of advantages by adding a simple kitchen island to your home.
Added Space to Work On
You have probably cooked in kitchens where you struggled to find any counter space to do all your food prep. Cooking in such a space is a chore and an annoyance, resulting in folks ordering fast food or takeaway rather than cooking at home.
But with a kitchen island, you have a lot more counter space to work with. You can use this space to prep your vegetables or prepare meat. Whatever your heart desires, this space is available for you to use as you see fit.
It makes food preparation a cinch and entices you to cook more, eating healthier at home rather than doing takeaway all the time.
Ability to Open up the Space a Bit
Some folks are so enamored with the idea of having a kitchen island that they are willing to break down walls between the kitchen and living area to add one to their home. But in general, without even breaking down walls, a kitchen island can open up your kitchen a bit, making it seem less claustrophobic and more airy.
You will notice this stark difference in space in kitchens that have an island and those which don’t. Pay attention next time you go to a friend’s house.
Additional Storage Space
Another major advantage of having a kitchen island is that you can use the space underneath the island to add shelves or storage areas. If you have a small kitchen with not much storage area, then this can be a great boon to you.
You don’t have to have everything lying on countertops taking up valuable real estate, but you can put it all away on shelves underneath the kitchen island for easy access.
A Nice Space to Sit and Have a Quick Meal
Another way you can use a kitchen island is to have a quick meal, like cereal in the morning or a sandwich when you feel peckish in the afternoon. You can also use this space for your children to work on their homework while you cook up a storm in the kitchen, allowing you to spend some time with them.
A kitchen island can be whatever you want it to be, which is why it’s such a beloved renovation for homeowners. If you haven’t considered it for your home yet, you should begin thinking about adding it to your kitchen.
What Kitchen Island Trends Are Outdated Now?
But before you go out and hire someone to add a kitchen island to your home, remember that there are some kitchen island trends that you will want to avoid. These trends will give your kitchen a dated look, and you don’t want that when you are spending so much money to do a kitchen remodel.
Two-toned Kitchen Islands
This is one trend that is on its way out. If you already have a two-toned kitchen island, then you can easily fix it by painting it in one tone, preferably a bright one. You want your kitchen island to be the focus of your kitchen, so painting it a bold color can help you achieve that goal.
Oversized Kitchen Islands
Yes, you want your kitchen island to give you that additional space to work and cook upon. But you don’t want this one feature in your kitchen to dwarf everything else. It should be a focal point but shouldn’t overtake everything else in your kitchen.
Make sure you keep proportions in mind when setting up your kitchen island. Consult your home remodeler for feedback on how big the kitchen island should be so it gives you the additional space you need without overwhelming everything else.
There are many modern kitchen lighting options nowadays that you can work with, so don’t just go for the same old pendant lights. Try to change things up by choosing a more linear light fixture or even something industrial and kitschy. Be creative with this one.
Are You Ready to Take Advantage of This Kitchen Trend?
Kitchen islands are here to stay, at least for the near future. Many homeowners love the idea of having a kitchen island in their home, and you should learn from them.
Ready to do a kitchen remodel and build the kitchen of your dreams? Contact us today so we can give you an idea of how we can help you. You don’t have to go at it alone.