Take a closer look at the islands, and you might notice that each comes with a couple of outlets. Not only do these allow the owners to plug in blenders or other kitchen essentials, but they can also be used as convenient charging stations for the kids' phones or computers after dinner.
The need for a pantry was reduced by creating a food cube shelf that not only holds 18 cubes of food, but also houses the kitchen's electrical outlets and LED strip lighting. Kitchen appliances, including the stovetop, are all plug-in and can be stowed away, leaving more open counter space.
Practical aspects such as the outlet in the island, wine rack, and well placed appliances, contribute to this highly useful space. Woven wood blinds adorn the windows and add warmth to the areas surrounding the kitchen.
This bright, Tudor kitchen features new recessed LED lights installed in the ceiling with dimmers. The wall cabinets have a LED light under them, mounted at the front for maximum task lighting. The wall cabinets also holds the state-of-the-art tracks with outlets at 6” on center, providing all the plugs one could ever need without breaking up the clean look of the backsplash tile.
To create different spaces for entertaining, the landscape architects installed a counter that separates the sitting area from the outdoor kitchen. Here, the owners can use a stainless grill with outlets nearby for other essentials.
With so many gadgets used throughout the day, it's smart to find a way to integrate smartphones and tablets into your kitchen design. This modular command center allows homeowners to keep electronics within reach yet off the counter, thanks to under-cabinet outlets and tablet/smartphone cradles.
A cedar tree is the focal point of this kitchen, with lighting fixtures hanging between the upper branches near the ceiling. But even more impressive are the things you don't see. Electrical outlets and an exhaust panel are hidden within the granite and pop up at the push of a button. A built-in cutting board, wine storage area, Wolf double-stacked convection ovens and an incredible lake view add to the state-of-the-art kitchen.
This oversized kitchen island is ready for work with built-in appliances, ample storage space, convenient power outlets and a prep sink. Its deep wood base contrasts with the white cabinetry for a bold look.
A hidden charging station pops up from the kitchen island. The station includes USB outlets and standard electrical outlets, helping to keep the whole family -- and their devices -- in the hub of the home.
The island in the HGTV Smart Home 2014 masquerades as a farmhouse table while hiding away drawers to tuck away linens and other home goods. Electrical outlets are built into the sides of the kitchen island for easy use of small appliances during food prep.
When updating a historic home in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, Sabine Klingler Kane designed the kitchen around her clients’ butcher-block island. “My client had the island long before we started the remodel,” she says. “It looks perfectly vintage, but it is actually a reproduction made from reclaimed wood. It is ideal for their young daughter as she does not need to be careful with her crayons and spilling food. It has drawers on both sides, and wine storage underneath as well as shelves for cook books. But the best thing is: Two compartments on top have been outfitted with electrical outlets to plug in tablets, laptops, phones and small appliances. It also has towel bars and a bottle opener attached to it — it is not only great looking, but also totally practical and functional.”
This kitchen island combines the best of traditional and contemporary features. The heavy wood table warms the kitchen with a country look, while providing electrical outlets for appliances and drawers for storage.
This light and bright kitchen features white wood cabinets and neutral quartzite countertops. A built-in baking center features electrical outlets and a designated countertop area that is enclosed by brown oak cabinets. A small drinking fountain is located just to the right of the baking center.
The owners of this Atlanta townhome both work from home from time to time and love entertaining. A power station with USB outlets is discreetly hidden in the top of the kitchen island and revealed by pressing on the top of it. With the power station accessible, the island becomes a comfortable spot to work or charge cell phones.