Benefits of a kitchenin a central island
The advantages of a center island kitchen are numerous. This is evidenced by the craze it has generated since its arrival in France in the 1970s. On the one hand, the centerpiece of a convivial and ergonomic kitchen space. On the other hand, as a place to design meals that benefit the whole house, it is the number one asset for those who want a warm and versatile room. However, the central island does not fit all types of kitchens.
Focus on this type of layout: why and when to choose the kitchen island?
One of the first advantages of the central island is its practicality. You are free to choose the adjoining storage units and use them to store your appliances, dishes or pantry.
To take advantage of the pragmatic side of the kitchen island, you can install a work surface with a few storage units or choose a much more complete model that accommodates a sink, cooking plates and even a wine cellar or wastebasket. Between these two choices, you will find, for example, the kitchen island with drawers, sliding shelves and a cupboard.
The practical and ergonomic advantages of the central island also come from its dual function. It is used as much for the realization of the meals as for their tasting. To transform your central island into a dining table, simply add a few thoughtful stools to match your decor. You’ll also save space and give your room a more streamlined feel.
The advantages of the central island presented on our motion model are obvious. The island gives structure to this real living space and offers optimal organization thanks to its ingenious storage. The work in the kitchen is facilitated, the triangle of activities respected thanks to the short distances between the washing, cooking and conservation elements.
The central island is at the heart of meetings and exchanges in the house. Even more so when it is integrated into a kitchen open to the living room. It is the ideal place to cook in good company, to talk about your day while preparing dinner or to share the evening with your guests while you are behind the stove. Transformed into the hub of the home, the center island can even become a homework table, a telecommuting spot or a full-fledged bar.
Purists can rest assured that this treasure of conviviality will continue to play its role as an illusory partition. It offers a smooth transition between the living room and the kitchen, intelligently breaking up the space without breaking the link between people.
A piece of furnituredesign
Functional and warm, certainly. But the central islands are also elements with character. They magnify the dining area and are easily dressed to match the atmosphere of the room and the chosen decoration.
At noblessa, we offer this central element in sober colors, accompanied by a soft wood worktop or a sleek covering. This type of furniture is particularly suited to Scandinavian and contemporary kitchens, for a minimalist result.
We also offer it in a completely different guise: much more pronounced, dark matte, enhanced with elements that assert an industrial bias.
In another style, you will also discover more rustic central islands that brilliantly combine contemporaneity and originality. Unless you prefer an off-white center island to give your kitchen a modern country feel.
The advantages of the central island:
From large kitchens to small open kitchens
In an open space of more than 15m², the central island reveals all its potential and confers an outstanding elegance to the dining area. That’s why they are the prerogative of large open kitchens. However, it can also be integrated into a smaller kitchen… with a few conditions.
In a small open kitchen, the central island is a perfect storage and separation unit. It can even come with an adjoining shelf that doubles as a mini dining table. For this, the furniture should generally not exceed 70 cm in depth and not create a massive block in the room. With this in mind, choose a light-colored central island that captures light and creates an enlarged effect.
Kitchen with central island: what about the small closed kitchen
If you have a small, enclosed kitchen, a center island is probably not the most functional or aesthetically pleasing design option.
The clearance will be insufficient, preventing fluid traffic. Moreover, this central element inevitably attracted all eyes. An asset if you’re a tidying addict and a decorating whiz, but a bad idea if you’re one of those people who leave their stuff lying around in a mess. Ultimately, the central island must correspond to the dimensions of your kitchen as well as your lifestyle, otherwise it will not stand out.
If you have a closed kitchen of about 10m2, we advise you to consult our page dedicated to the design of small kitchens. Make an appointment at a noblessa store near you. Our experts will show you the best functional, user-friendly and aesthetic alternatives for your small kitchen project.
Installation tips for center islands
To take full advantage of the benefits of the center island ensure the following 3 points:
- A piece of furniture with a height similar to that of the work surface in order to homogenize the space and facilitate the activity triangle (approximately 80 and 90 cm)
- A depth of about 70 cm to take full advantage of the island’s features (or 1 meter if you want to integrate faucets).
- A circulation space that measures at least 1m20 between the central island and other furniture and walls.