Designers wanted to ensure that the homeowners did not lose counter space when they opened up the space, so they added a large island in the middle of the room. They painted it gray to add contrast and color to the kitchen and added blue barstools to give the family a casual dining option.
To give the homeowners much-needed space for entertaining, designers installed a large kitchen island that has enough seating for at least five guests. Not only does this space provide seating, it also gives the homeowners extra counter space for easy meal preparation, since there is direct access to the home's double ovens, microwave, refrigerator and stove from the kitchen island, which also contains a large prep sink for simple kitchen cleanup.
The "U"-shaped kitchen cabinets provide plenty of counter space while giving definition to the kitchen space, separating it from the rest of the first floor. The barstools give the space a casual dining option but are also in close proximity to the dining space, so they could also serve as an extension of the home's dining area.
When searching for the best seats to place at your kitchen island, there are two popular heights: counter height and bar height. If your kitchen island sits between 34 and 36 inches high, it's fit for counter-height seating. Islands standing between 40 and 42 inches tall will need seats that are categorized as bar height.
For a family with three young children, access and durability were key kitchen design considerations for designer Vanessa DeLeon. After considering a traditional island with counter-height seating, she opted for a more manageable, easier-access arrangement: a 36"-high island with a built-in banquette and stylish, generously sized dining table by End Grain Furniture and Design featuring a reclaimed top and glass overlay.
This living area features lively throw pillows that help tie the room together, and the dining area features bamboo and a dramatic pendant light. We also get a peak at the kitchen and its dynamic backsplash.
A wooden pergola shades this Southwestern-style outdoor kitchen. Complete with a grill, Old World-inspired wood cabinets and ample counter space, it's just steps away from a brick patio with comfy seating.
With upgraded luxury appliances, extensive counter space and seating for four at the island, this gourmet kitchen offers a peaceful, modern and luminous setting to spend that quality time with loved ones.