Not longer belonging strictly in the kitchen, island worktops are increasingly being used as secondary (and sometimes primary) dining zones. This is due to the popularity of open-concept kitchens where the cooking space seamlessly merges into the eating space. And it makes sense too, why use it just for food prep when you can also use it as an extended dining table when guests come a-knocking? What’s more, island countertops are easy to clean, thanks to their durable surfaces. So using it as a substitute tabletop is a no brainer, really.
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CENTRE OF ATTENTION This generously-sized island accommodates a prep space, sink and elbow room for a few diners – talk about hardworking! We can imagine fun dinner parties being held around this kitchen island, which allows the homeowner to prepare meals while interacting with her guests.
GO WITH THE FLOW
With the dining table flowing from the countertops, this kitchen design allows for the easy expansion of the food prep area when needed. Putting the dining area next to the kitchen in an open-concept kitchen also makes things super convenient for the inhabitants. Another bonus: this built-in design is a great space saving solution for homes that are tight on space.
Despite its compact size, this kitchenexudes a lofty ambience thanks to the cool blue METOD cabinet doors from IKEA paired refreshingly with a predominantly white scheme.Keeping the space looking tidy are the cabinets’ handle-less doors and glossy surfaces.
Traditionally seen in spaces like the bedroom, blue is now becoming a mainstay in the cooking space. Associated with feelings of calm and serenity, this hue translates well to the kitchen thanks to its versatility. Keep your kitchen looking and feeling fresh with a washof charming pale blue or go the sophisticated route with a trendy mid-tone blue. Just remember to pair it with neutral tones to keep things looking neat in this utilitarian space.
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