Trust Us—This Kitchen Design Upgrade Is Worth the Investment

Take it from us: A kitchen island is a design detail worth investing in. Why? When it comes to kitchen design, we know how important it is to utilize every square inch. Cabinets, countertops, appliances, and lighting all require careful consideration to ensure that space is maximized for a combination of practical and visual purposes. And an island is the perfect way to make the most of an open layout and a little extra floor space with more surface area, more storage, and of course, more style.

Think of kitchen island design as strengthening your core (a goal we can all relate to). Not only is it the centerpiece and focal point of your kitchen visually, but it’s also a highly versatile and functional feature. When entertaining, a kitchen island is a spot for snacks and space for conversation. When cooking, it’s a surface for food preparation to make being the chef a more social activity. In the morning, a kitchen island is a place to enjoy coffee, breakfast, and the news. And at all times, it’s a covetable storage solution to combat kitchen clutter. We’ll go ahead and say it: As far as we’re concerned, if the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the kitchen island is the heart of the kitchen.

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