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The New Hot Spot in the Kitchen
An island is a fabulously functional feature to add to any kitchen. Great for gatherings and useful for prep, storage, and extra seating, this kitchen accessory covers many bases with its unique form and function.
Because an island is easy to incorporate into just about any floor plan, the design possibilities are endless. Meanwhile, following a few basic guidelines will help you get the most out of your new space.
To maximize function, an islandís shape should conform to that of the rest of the kitchen. This makes moving around easy and fluid. To further increase functionality, include multiple counter heights and built-in appliances.
To add visual interest, differentiate the island from the rest of the cabinetry by using a different wood or finish. For countertops, stone, wood, and steel all make ideal choices for a durable surface. Finally, consider adding legs, feet or a furniture base to your island to make it look more like a piece of furniture.
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