The Kitchen Island – Designing the Family Hub

As a kitchen designer, I was very interested to read a RICKI study that researched some of the features that homeowners would most like to have in their Kitchen Islands. The findings were predictable: storage, seating, prep areas, etc.


What the study didn’t mention was the way that the island becomes the family hub. Many of us did not grow up or start our families with an island in our kitchens. We had no idea what a family nerve center an island becomes.
Of course islands are great for cooking, and offer a place where family and guests can all participate in food prep. After all, everyone always gathers in the kitchen anyway, right?

Group Of Friends Having Dinner Party At HomeWhat we don’t always anticipate is that the whole family will use that island – all day. We will visit and share, do homework and school projects, pay bills and answer email, do crafts and pet care… We will live at that island! A Kitchen Designer will help you plan your island to be a functional and beautiful centerpiece for your kitchen.

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the island is the heart of the kitchen!heart