The modern Italian kitchen resembles restaurant kitchens in many respects. For example, stainless steel is often used, and the designs are minimalist and sleek. The island is the hub where all parts of the kitchen’s working zone are accessible at any time.
Islands work well in both large and small kitchens. Well-designed modern Italian kitchens are so beautiful, that they often look amazing even when combined with a living and/or dining room.
When selecting the island for your modern Italian kitchen, consider these three C’s:
Convenience- How you will use your island in your kitchen once it is remodeled? While all parts of the kitchen’s working zone can be placed within the island, you may only select a few elements based on your family’s preferences and lifestyle.
For example, if you love the fact that your kitchen sink is currently under a window, you may want to omit it from the island; especially since rearranging pipes and plumbing can be costly. If you have young children at home, you may refrain from placing the stovetop within the island for fear that they may reach over from a stool and burn themselves.
For most people, the working zone is the center of the kitchen so it is ideal to contain the oven, a sink and even a chest of drawers within the island.
Color- A design trend of recent years has been to select an island’s finishes that are different than the rest of the kitchen’s cabinetry. While the color and finishes of the island can be different than the rest of the kitchen, they should complement each other.
A contrasting combination between colors, for example white and blue, or black and red, has become very popular. The use of light colors in the contrasting combination will create an airy sense of freshness. The use of warm colors will prevent the space from appearing cold and dreary.
Community- The island will be a place where family and friends gather often, so make it comfortable. Choose bar stools with high backs on them for maximum comfort.
Many of today’s islands look like stunning furnishings in kitchens large and small. They offer conveniences that will make preparing meals easier than ever.
By selecting the right one, you will experience joy not only when passing your favorite recipes down from generation to generation, but just by sharing a conversation and cocktail with a dear friend.