If you have a kitchen island, you already know how handy and useful they can be. Besides providing extra counter space for food preparation, they can also add more storage to the kitchen. In fact, adding an island is one of the more popular kitchen remodeling additions. Whether you've just recently added a kitchen island, or you've had one for years, here are some tips for decorating kitchen islands to add beauty and functionality to your kitchen.
Choosing Functional Décor
It can be helpful to focus on functionality when choosing décor for kitchen island areas. There are many useful things in the kitchen that can also be used to add a decorative touch. When choosing your décor, give some thought as to how you usually utilize your island. If you use it for food preparation, a decorative spice rack or canister set would be a great addition. A beautiful cookbook rack or countertop bookshelf would also be useful for keeping your cookbooks close at hand, in addition to adding a decorative touch. Other useful and yet functional additions include hanging a suspended pot rack, tiered wire fruit basket, wine rack, or wine glass rack over the island, to keep things you use frequently close at hand.
Create a Specialized Work Space
Kitchen islands also lend themselves well to becoming a specialized workspace in the kitchen. Decorating kitchen islands to make them easier to use for food preparation is a very common and useful approach. For example, if you love to bake, you might want to turn your island into a baking station. Store everything you commonly use for baking near the island to help reduce foot traffic and wasted time. A pretty recipe box can also add a nice touch. If you are lucky enough to have a sink in your island, you might want to add decorative colanders, or even a pretty dish drying rack.
Kitchen Island Eating Areas
Incorporating an eating area into a kitchen island is also a popular method of adding seating space. Make your kitchen island into the ultimate breakfast bar by storing decorative canisters of cereal on the countertop. A bowl to hold fruit can also be handy and pretty at the same time. A basket containing napkins and silverware can make it much more convenient to make breakfast in a hurry in the morning. A beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers in an eye-catching vase is also a great idea. If your island allows seating on both sides, choose a floral arrangement with a low profile. This will prevent diners from not being able to see and talk to each other easily across the table. If you are a bit tight on space in the kitchen, choose bar stools without backs, since they can be pushed completely under the island countertop when not in use to save floor space. Bar stools in bright shades can add a beautiful and decorative accent. Or, add decorative seat cushions to add a bright splash of color as well as seating comfort.
Jessica Ackerman is a freelance writer and works for WallDecorandHomeAccents.com. She shares her wealth of knowledge on tropical wall hangings and outdoor wall art decorations.
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