When it comes to kitchen islands there are quite a few factors to consider in determining what’s the best fit for you.

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Do you like the look of free standing furniture?

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Or built-ins to match the rest of the cabinetry?

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Do you want it to stand out from everything else?

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Should it serve a dual purpose?  Like this one – with one side a workspace, the other one a banquette.  Think it through carefully so you can utilize every inch.

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Maybe you need extra storage and a buffet instead of a bar height counter for bar stools….

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Maybe you need both.

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Notice the doors, drawers and cubbies here?  What would like to see in your kitchen island?  A wine rack, wine fridge?  Silverware and pot holders?  A place for all your pots and pans? 

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Maybe you’d like to add some of your appliances here for more functionality.

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Or your sink…..if not the main one…..maybe an extra sink?

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You can change the surface of the island to it’s own unique look.  And/or the paint or stain.  Look closely at this one.  The soft minty green makes a statement next to the stained cabinetry in the rest of the kitchen.  Notice it has corbels at each end with a fun shape to the countertop.  Look at all the storage it has….. doors, drawers, shelves and a wine fridge….and even more storage on the other side.

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Think about the way you function in your kitchen, the traffic it’ll get.  Will you use it for your main workspace?  If so, what do you need at your fingertips?  Do you need a place for the kids to land with friends after school?  All of this matters….so take your time and plan it out right.

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Give it serious thought and do some serious planning….

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But, have fun with it, too.

Whether your kitchen’s gi-normous…..

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Just average in size…..

Or bordering on smallish…..

Think about how you can best utilize the piece in your particular space.

Happy Decorating!

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