Where space permits, a kitchen island epitomizes a fully luxurious addition to your home. They are great for congregating around with friends and family, and spacious enough to make light work of preparing for, and entertaining guests. LWK London are frequently asked to design kitchens with islands and as a result have designed and installed kitchen islands in a wide variety of styles and configurations. LWK London’s designers have developed the expertise to advise you on the aesthetics and latest trends, but also on the practicalities of such designs. The information below will help give you some food for thought, but to get the best advice personalised to your specific circumstances it is well worth the trip to one of our beautiful London Showrooms.
Working Kitchen Islands
At an early stage of your kitchen design process think about what you want to do at your kitchen island, particularly if you intend to use it as a fully-functional, working area of your kitchen. For example, if you plan to cook at the island, then it needs to be practical and safe in terms of proximity to your food preparation areas. Think about how many people might cook at any given time and what sort of foods you like to cook. You might also want a separate space on the island for dining, or else a safe distance where family members can perch and chat to you whilst you’re cooking.
Kitchen Island Extraction
Also worth serious deliberation is the extraction from an island; Are you happy with a large overhead stainless steel canopy? Or would you prefer something more subtle such as a flush ceiling mounted extractor, or even an integrated downdraft extractor which makes it disappear altogether! You should also think about how your extractor will vent to the outside of your home, as this may not be possible. In such cases we can advise on how to use a recirculating extractor, fully compliant with existing building regulations.
Island Kitchen Seating
Many clients want to be able to sit at, or around their kitchen island. At LWK London we know how to produce designs that ensure you are happy with both the style and comfort of your island design. For example, a standard kitchen work surface is 90cm- too low to sit at comfortably atop a stool, but too high to sit at on a chair. So be it a 100mm thick worktop, split levels, glass overlays, or increased furniture heights, we will work with you to get the right fit, in both size and style. Whatever your specific need you will find the benefit of our design knowledge invaluable in incorporating the subtleties of these points.
Latest design trends for kitchen islands
The design team at LWK London work closely with the designers at our German manufacturers and other leading industry names to ensure we are at the forefront of the latest design trends. With specific reference to kitchen Islands, we would summarise the latest trends as follows: