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The Kitchen Island

In this episode of Village Home Show, we will show you two absolutely amazing kitchens, each showcasing wonderful island designs. We also will share with you many more examples of great kitchen islands. Then Village Home Stores lighting expert Keri joins us to show us some great ways to shed some light above your kitchen island.

We are so lucky to get to work on many new homes and remodeled spaces in Quad Cities area and beyond in Illinois and Iowa. For our show, we have been welcomed into some of those great spaces so that we can share them with you. One of the things that we are excited to share is an item that has evolved a lot over the years: The Kitchen Island. It can be a work station, family meeting area, serving area, or even a main dining area. Since the kitchen island is usually the center of your kitchen space, entire kitchens can be planned around them.

Kitchen Island Excellence in Orion, Illinois

The original layout of the kitchen we share from Orion included an extension off the wall that had seating available. You might hear this called a kitchen peninsula. The new island is almost four times the size of the original! You will note in the new design that the back side of the island is now the location of an eat in seating area.

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The island has a nice, consistent look all throughout, from every angle! The entire kitchen has been opened up. You can see that it opens into the front room and nearby dining area of the home. You can easily see how this is a wonderfully cohesive space. It’s the perfect island for this space and this Orion, Illinois family will be enjoying it for years to come. We love this kitchen!

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Lighting Ideas For Above Your Kitchen Island

Every kitchen island is very different, with different functions for each family. The number of light fixtures can vary because of your specific needs. Many time large pendants in pairs will be utilized and this is a trend we are seeing more of. It’s important to consult an expert to know if a fixture will work well for the space, and the height that pendant should be hung at.


Our team at Village Home Stores are experts at finding the right lighting for your kitchen island. Whether you are doing homework, or having a late dinner, the right lighting can make all the difference. We have many lighting options at our showroom and cataloged online. Come into our store anytime so we can show you many fun examples of lighting for your own kitchen.

Kitchen Island Versatility for Quad Cities Area Homes

The kitchen island is the center for all the hustle and bustle of your home. You eat meals around it, gather as family around it, prepare meals, do homework. It needs to be a highly functional, versatile area for your family. Islands are commonly included in new homes because kitchens are naturally being built larger now. That doesn’t mean your existing kitchen can’t include an island design. Your designer from Village Home Stores can help you configure the perfect kitchen island design for your home. We will be keeping you and your family in mind during the design process. VillageHomeShow S1E4.5

Grand Kitchen Island in Geneseo, IL

The second kitchen tour you see in this episode is located in a historic home in Geneseo, IL. This home includes an island that allows us to showcase all the heights available you can design into your own kitchen island. A standard kitchen countertop measures 36 inches from floor to countertop and is found in the example in Geneseo. There is another section that is called “bar-height” and it measures 42 inches. This can be bumped up to 48 inches if needed.

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The seating section on our example is at dining height. The bench area built into the island has been installed to sit at the same height as a dining chair and table. With this island and kitchen design example, you can watch and see just how customized your kitchen island space can be. From where the paper towels are placed, to keeping in mind user traffic and appliance use. We really do keep every little detail in mind when we are designing your kitchen and kitchen island.

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Thanks for watching this episode of Village Home Show! If you have any questions or are interested in your own kitchen island design or have questions about lighting get started by calling us at 309-944-1344! We can’t wait to hear from you.