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. Last up, the Village Home Stores lighting expert joins us to show us some great ways to shed some light above your kitchen island as well!
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. Furniture-like islands have become a popular item, and sometimes, even multiple islands are installed. Now is the time to get creative when it comes to your kitchen island, there are so many options available to you. We want to share a few of those ideas with you!
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. Unfortunately, this didn’t not leave space for anything but a tiny island without much usable countertop space. The new layout that we designed has an L-shaped peninsula and a large island that is centered in the space. 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. You can seat three on the back of the new island and many more around the island. You can have a crowd and no one is in the way of the main areas in the new design.
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!
Beautiful Kitchen Island Lighting from Our Expert
For the most part, above a kitchen island you will find pendant lighting. Every kitchen island is very different, with different functions for each family. The number of pendants 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 in Geneseo, and we would love to show you! Come into our store anytime so we can show you many fun examples of pendant lighting for your kitchen island.
Kitchen Island Versatility for Quad City 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. It can include an overhang for people to sit at, design that allows you to finish off the look of your kitchen, tons of storage space suited for your very specific needs, and more.
Your designer from Village Home Stores can help you configure the perfect kitchen island design for your home. You can get help deciding on the number and size of doors to apply to get the right look for your kitchen, making the most of your space. The placement and size of the doors are selected with consideration of the lighting above as well as the seating area around the kitchen island for the final design. We will be keeping you and your family in mind during the design process. You can select the countertops, trim, moldings, decorative elements, outlet placement, and panels to complete your look with the help of our design team.
Grand Kitchen Island in Geneseo, IL
The second kitchen island you see on episode four is one in Geneseo, IL. This home includes an island that allows us to showcase all the heights 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. As you can see on the show we can include many outlets as needed. You can make them similar in color to the backsplash to camouflage them well. 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 the Geneseo, IL 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. It’s wise to remember that when you are designing a new home you can bundle together purchases throughout our whole store to claim free lighting for your home. Call us for details! Our staff is here to help you pick the perfect island and island lighting for your home.
In some industry news, it’s exciting to note that KitchenAid has launched their new black stainless series of appliances! This is an exciting new trend that makes for a beautiful kitchen. We are some of the first in the area to showcase this line. Come in to see it today! We will have more more news in an upcoming episode.
Thanks for watching this episode of Village Home Show! If you have any questions or are interested in your own kitchen island design or lighting get started by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 309-944-1344!