Design of island kitchen: Things to know & 15 ideas to steal

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When planning or renovating a kitchen, there is a lot to consider. From layout and appliances to the colour scheme and material palette, there are numerous aspects of designing you have to be mindful of. The island adds a wow factor to your layout, functionally and aesthetically. Furthermore, when it comes to picking the ideal island for your kitchen, there are a tonne of options and many creative ideas available. Additionally, the island designs are evolving. You can opt for any island idea to make your appealing. For instance, to add comfort and make your a good fit to socialize, you can always go for an island with seating. Similarly, if you are looking for spacious island ideas, go for an L-shaped layout. 

As and are increasingly embracing open-plan kitchens, the island is also gaining well-deserved popularity. They are not only an ideal place to cook, eat, and socialise, but also serve as the central area in an island layout. In addition, the island transforms your making it more space-efficient and functional. 

We are here to offer you comprehensive information on planning an ergo-friendly island with the right layout and appliances Also, in this article, we have discussed the best ideas to your island to improve the appearance of your house while also making cooking a breeze. 



Things to consider to get your perfect island kitchen design


Size of the island

Dimensions of an island kitchen
Dimensions of an island

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If you are planning to include an island in your kitchen, be conscious as it requires a liberal amount of space. Thus, the size of the island is an important aspect for functional as well as aesthetic reasons. The average size of an island is 40 by 80 inches (around 1-2 metres). Also, the open area around the island should be planned cautiously. It is recommended to leave around 3 feet of space around the island, and the working sides of an island should have at least 42 inches of space. Your island’s basic height should be 36 inches, with the option to raise it to 42 inches if you intend to use it for dining. 




The golden rule of work triangle
Work triangle of an island

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We work in different spaces and the workflow of every space serves as the basis of its layout. For the smooth execution of tasks in an island kitchen, ensuring the right workflow is essential. Moreover, the and designers swear by the rule of the golden triangle in the which ensures coordination between the three most important areas- cooking, preparation, and cleaning. It is also important to ensure that each work zone (stove, fridge, and sink) is around 4-9 feet apart. As a result, it is easier to move around in the kitchen. Another important factor that should be considered while planning the island is to not overload it with appliances. Therefore, it is safe to say that ergonomics is an indispensable part of designing an island kitchen. 



Lighting placement in an Island kitchen
Placement of task

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Just like every other of the house, remains essential in kitchens too. As various tasks are performed on the island, installing lights promotes the work. Proper is essential so that users can see their food while preparing or eating, especially on islands with breakfast bars and cooktops. Using task techniques, such as pendant lights, is one of the most sought-after ways of illuminating an island. Make sure that the spacing between the pendant lights and the distance between the countertop and the bottom of the lights are both 30-32 inches. 


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Depending on the size of the and the user’s desired workflow, an island houses a variety of appliances such as a microwave, dishwasher, or even a hob. For designers who want to keep things straightforward, it is recommended to include cabinetry in the island to keep the space clutter-free. To prevent overcrowding on the island, designers can also opt for built-in appliances and ensure proper placement of free-standing ones. 

appliance integration unquestionably produces a far more simplified, cleaner aesthetic. Built-in appliances provide a seamless appearance while being simple to maintain and loaded with the most recent technology. Siemens is one of the top brands for built-in appliances. The brand offers the ideal mix of innovative and contemporary style for enhanced flexibility and time-saving solutions that support increasingly busy lifestyles.


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Storage entirely depends upon your layout. Typically, the designer must strike a balance between optimum workspace and maximum storage area. Being an important aspect of the island, drawers and cabinets should be designed after taking into consideration the dimensions of the appliances, sizing requirements, and the purpose for which they are going to be used. It is advised that your island should be 3 feet wide. The length can be as little as 4 feet, but if you need for a cooktop, dishwasher, and sink, you should aim for at least 7 feet. 


Island ideas


Add comfort to your


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Island with seating

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islands are functional and they can also be a spot to socialise. Adding seating to the island not only maximises comfort but also enhances the look of your kitchen. Also, a island with seating enables family members and guests to sit down and chat with you while you’re preparing meals. Whether you want a seat for two or eight people, a island with seating can be designed with a practical as well as a decorative perspective.  


Add stools to your island for an eclectic look


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Add sleek wooden leg stools

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You can integrate your island with functional elements while redesigning it. Adding bar stools or sleek stools gives an outstanding look to your island with seating. What type of material do you prefer for your bar stools? You can opt for oak or other varieties of wood if you like it the traditional way. Sleek metal or painted wood stools will look great with a modern island. Alternatively, you may also go for a quirky aesthetic by selecting bar stools in a or colour that contrasts with the rest of your kitchen’s furnishings.  

Expert Tip: Choose stools with back and armrests for added comfort. 


Cast a brighter look to enhance your island kitchen 


Island kitchen with metal stools, gold faux stools, white walls, white countertop, grey island body, grey cabinets, two pendant lights above the island, wooden laminated floor
Pendant making a modern statement

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Whatever may be the style of your island—retro, colourful, dramatic, traditional, or monochromatic, it up is essential. For decorators who want to make an innovative statement in a practical space, cluster pendants are a popular choice over the island which fills the void between the countertop and ceiling with hanging art pieces. For a more creative look, you can group small pendants or select a pendant with three or more lights. 


Install a chimney over the island


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Luxury with island chimney

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The chimney is now considered a necessity in Indian homes. It is effective in removing pollutants such as smoke, steam, heat, cooking odours, and oil droplets in the air. A cutting-edge chimney is an ideal addition to any island kitchen. Therefore, choose built-in chimneys to conserve space or -mounted chimneys for a more contemporary appearance.  

Built-in chimneys by brands like Siemens seamlessly merge into the ’s structure and blend with the decor. Moreover, Siemens range hoods offer silent yet effective extraction while integrating perfectly with the theme of the kitchen. Their island hoods are elegant and sophisticated in their appearance and offer top-of-the-line features including cookConnect, the ability to pair the hood appliance with a matching hob so the hood reacts to the hob cooking speeds and other functions.


Add an impromptu pantry while designing an island


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Remodel your space by adding a pantry

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If you are missing out on a pantry space in your kitchen, an island can be a good possibility to create an impromptu pantry. You can utilise this space to store your spices, packaged food items, or grains giving your counter a clean and sleek appearance. 


Watch out for storage


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Island with cabinets

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Having trouble with storage? You can opt for cabinets or drawers in your island. For the most important of your house, go for the best cabinets possessing function as well as the style you require. The island cabinets offer a variety of styles, with classic choices along with flat panel and shaker designs. Also, you have a wide variety of options such as open racks, pullovers, or push-to-open cabinets.  


Make it spacious


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Contemporary island

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Every needs to have excellent storage, display, and functionality. Unfortunately, none of these exists in abundance in most kitchens. These issues are resolved by an island, which also enhances your aesthetically. An ideal island offers you storage efficiency, an informal dining area for your family, and a smooth workflow, enriching your experience in the kitchen.

Expert Tip: For larger islands, try L-shaped or U-shaped layouts. These layouts provide plenty of cabinets and countertop space.


Go with style


L-shaped Island kitchen design with seating, white pendant lights hanging above the countertop, marble countertop, wooden table in the centre, in-built oven in the cupboard, white island body
L-shaped island layout

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Compared to other layouts, an L-shaped layout is a popular choice in many homes especially when it comes to incorporating an island. It’s the perfect match for your island since it makes it possible to install cabinets or appliances, and even build an island with seating, leaving a large open area in the middle. An L-shaped can be as big as you want, although the “legs” of the “L” usually measure between 12 and 15 feet long, which may easily fit the island. 


Play with shapes


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Curved marble countertop in a traditional

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This is an excellent technique for adding another element to your regular kitchens that are overrun by straight lines. You can change the appearance of your island simply by embracing curves. As curve-shaped islands are gaining acceptance rapidly, modern designs might incorporate curves to not only create islands but also cabinets, and even worktops. 


your with a rustic element


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Island with a rustic touch

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A wooden island complements vintage-style kitchens beautifully. For a rustic look, use an island made entirely of wood or simply outfit the counter with barbarian wood. Combine this with oak laminate flooring for the best results. If you want to create a large central island, try using dark wood and top it with a marble slab. 


Add a bold look to your island


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Be bold with texture

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Vibrant colours have modernity and exclusiveness, giving a bold appearance to your kitchen. The darker tones and textures bring a contemporary twist and sophistication, providing a beautiful harmony of contrasting styles. Such islands either stand out as a statement-making element or blend in with the existing rich colours in the room. 


Opt for pastels for a pretty island


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Pretty pastels adding beauty

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Pastel colours aren’t just a passing trend; whether it’s using soft pinks to create a romantic atmosphere or pale blues to lend a beach feel, this “style” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So, opt for pastels to give your an elegant and calm look. Subtle colours are a lovely twist on the standard white kitchen, and they are a gorgeous way to brighten up a space while maintaining a neutral palette. 


Embrace white for a lavishly classic vibe in your


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Classic vibe in an all-white island with seating

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All-white is no longer a nightmare in the kitchen. This island is ideal for fans of Scandinavian design, to enjoy baking and cooking in style. Consider using some vintage aesthetic elements for an all-white therapy that will appear eternal with tiled walls and floors and bent ledges. The classic white of the island blends with all colour schemes and kitchen layouts, such as L-shaped, U-shaped, etc.


Glam up the island with a glossy surface 


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Glossy acrylic laminations for a sleek look

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Top the island with acrylic laminates for a glossy surface finish. The non-toxic, high-gloss, acrylic finish offers the cabinets a flawless appearance. Moreover, it resembles a lacquered finish. These laminates are available in a variety of colours and give your island a waxy texture.


Choose a monochromatic palette for your


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Monochromatic look for an island

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Who said that monotone colours are boring? A monochromatic colour scheme for a is a good idea. To begin with, most people who choose monochrome also choose a neutral palette, which creates a more iconic look altogether. You can give a vintage touch to your by combining monochromatic shades with wooden island designs. Moreover, monochromatic kitchens often have a timeless appearance. 



We all want to have a comforting workspace, and this urge is increasing day by day. Similarly, the is a workspace and an island enhances its utility. To maintain superior functionality and workflow in your kitchen, islands need to be constructed keeping in mind different factors, such as dimensions, work triangle, lighting, storage, etc. In addition, the island size should be decided according to the space of your L-shaped layout. For smooth workflow, go by the rule of the work triangle, maximise your storage by attaching cabinets to the island, opt for built-in appliances, and install task lights so that activities on the island are not hampered.

There are many ideas for designing an L-shaped island layout. You can play with shapes, colours, styles, elements, and artistic pieces to make your appealing. The above-displayed island designs are some of the most iconic ideas that you can seek inspiration from. So, now that you know some outstanding ideas to your island and how to make it practical as well as decorative, are you ready to get your dream space? 


*The featured image used in this article is from Pikcells Ltd on Behance




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