Published at Tuesday, May 30th 2017. by Auda Gaudin in Kitchen Island & Carts.
Kitchen islands with open shelves provide a perfect canvas to showcase your cookbooks beautifully while combing them with some decorative pieces. This is a trend that is catching on in most contemporary kitchens, with sleek open shelves at the front being filled up with colorful books that add a hint of uniqueness to the space. The size of the kitchen island, its shape and the design of the kitchen can determine where these open shelves filled with books sit so that you achieve the best aesthetics. For the large kitchen islands, a combination of open shelves and closed cabinets means you get the best of both worlds and do not waste all that space with empty shelves.
Using pendant lights is all about getting the right balance between the various elements that one uses and the texture of different surfaces in the kitchen. A kitchen employs wide variety of surfaces, shelf designs and metallic tinges. This is something unique and exclusive to this part of the home. The right pendant lights are those that simply blend into the existing setting.
Sleek and stylish pendant lights can complement your kitchen’s Shaker Cabinets which disappear into the walls. There are others that match the metallic tinges of aluminum surfaces and shiny kitchen countertops to offer a sense of continuity. An essential thing to remember is that there is no ‘one solution that fits all’.
Need extra counter space and at other times need more floor space? A movable kitchen island offers more room when you and your friends want to cook a huge meal and each person takes a section of the kitchen to prepare. Once your meal is complete, roll your kitchen island out of the way for added space. Movable kitchens are ideal for smaller kitchens that need the best of both worlds.
Engineering and technology have made a wide variety of design choices and finishes possible. While most of the following kitchen countertop ideas are durable, it’s a good idea to always work with cutting boards and silicone trivets for hot pots. Keep countertop surfaces clean with a non-abrasive, soft towel and follow manufacturer or installation guidelines on what products to use to clean and maintain the beauty of your countertops for years.
In addition to creating more counter space, an island is also a way to add more storage and avoid kitchen clutter by using drawers, cupboards and shelves. This is beneficial especially if appliances take up a lot of cabinet room, or if you’re looking for a unique way to showcase certain items by using open shelving. Store dishes and pots within reach or keep less frequently used appliances out of the way. Another option is to use open shelving to display cookbooks or other items.