Kitchen Islands – The New Gathering Spot In Your Home

With the rise of open floor plans the kitchen has quickly become the main area for gathering, entertaining, and relaxing. This week we are diving deeper into the heart of the home and discussing design elements that can be added to an island. Within a kitchen the island is the central area not only for prepping meals, but also helping your children with their homework, enjoying a cup of morning coffee, gathering with friends around a dinner party spread, sending a quick email etc.

What was once primarily used for cooking and cleaning is now the central area of a home – so make it shine! Island details ensure this space is not only functional but also beautiful. Trim details, custom finishes, corbels and legs add a personal touch to your kitchen island. Here are a few of our favorite islands.

A dark stain differentiates the island from the rest of the kitchen allowing it to stand out. The addition of decorative doors on the back of the island add a personal touch to a visible area.

Horizontal paneling wrapping the back and sides of an island gives it a longer appearance and adds character to a stunning white kitchen.

Adding legs to an island gives it the look and feel of a piece of furniture. Islands that have a large counter overhang and legs allow you to add extra barstools to each end of the island creating more space for friends and family to be together.

Adding corbels allows you to increase the size of your countertop overhang, they are necessary to support the counter. Decorative corbels are more than just functional – they create a subtle element to the island while allowing the whole kitchen to stand out.

Choosing between corbels, legs and decorative paneling for your island can seem daunting. The key is to think about the kitchen as a whole and choose which element seamlessly blends with the entire design of the kitchen. Remember, the island is a prominent part of your home and should reflect your personal style.


Ashley Frost, Interior Designer

JW Collection