At Home in the Kitchen “An Island Get-Away”

Let’s Dish…

Honestly, during this unusual time, as we stay safe and hunker down in our homes, many of us are dreaming of an island get-away.

Sheltering in place gives all of us the opportunity to fully experience our homes; how well they function for us and how comfortable they make us feel.

Perhaps this is an opportune moment to consider a different type of “island get-away”… the perfect kitchen island, that functions effortlessly and speaks to your specific needs and wants.

If you have the space, a well designed island should be the centerpiece of today’s kitchen.  At Mia Rao Design, we have customized many of our clients’ islands to best suit their needs and style.

What bells and whistles are on the top of your list?

Generally, the first thing that comes to mind with an island is more counter space! Often perimeter counter space is broken up by appliances. Locating your main sink or a prep sink in the island takes food prep to a whole new level of ease!

An island adds more base cabinet storage by design. But often clients forget about the back side. Additional storage can be hidden behind decorative panels with touch latch access for less used items.

If space is available, adding a counter overhang and stools is an easy way to add a secondary dining area for breakfast, snacks or any other informal meal. Whether you wrap the end for a cozy dining spot, or line up the stools in a row bar style, the island is a no-brainer for a unique place to perch while you eat.

Today’s kitchens are a place for gathering, often an integral part of an open floor plan. Your kitchen island is the perfect landing spot for appetizers and drinks. The clear space lends itself for laying out a beautiful spread. What cook doesn’t like to chat and nibble with guests while preparing a meal?

When it comes time for a more formal dining events, an island with close proximity to a dining table is begging to be used as a serving station. Access to electric should be planned into the design for warming platters and small appliances.

Modern or traditional, the aesthetic should compliment your personality. Include some shelving for cookbooks or a waterfall of gorgeous stone. The details can be developed for your design ideal.

If your kitchen feels tired and doesn’t function to fit your needs, now is a good time to consider updating the footprint. Often, with a little creativity, most kitchens can be reconfigured to include the benefit of an island.

What does your island get-away look like?

Turn your home into your ultimate sanctuary.  Enjoy a quick tour of some of our favorite Mia Rao Design created islands below.

Be well… 

Mia Rao Design