Jan 06 2010

Decorating Tips for a Kitchen Island

Published by at 12:51 pm under Interior Design & Decorating,Kitchens

There are many different kitchen islands that a homeowner can choose from. Not every kitchen island is going to be decorated and used in the same manner. Some islands are better for simply storing items underneath, whereas others need more style added to them, perhaps some strategically placed décor items. Following are some great decorating tips to consider for your kitchen island.

Turn the Kitchen Island into a Sitting Area
A kitchen island makes a great sitting area for the family—depending, of course, on its size. All you need do is clean off the top of it and add a few stools. Then the family can sit around it and enjoy meals together. This is a great option, especially if you don’t have a table in the kitchen and are limited to your formal dining room table. This is a way to utilize this convenient space in the best way possible. Consider setting the island with placemats in order to add even more style to the room.

Add an Appliance to the Kitchen Island
It may not seem much like decorating to place an appliance on your kitchen island, but this serves as both a functional and decorative way to store a great appliance that you may already own. You can’t just put any old appliance on the counter area. You want to choose something like your nice fancy stainless steel toaster or blender that will add to the décor. Just remember that if you’re going to decorate with an appliance, you need to be sure that the island has outlets or that there is one accessible from where the island is located in the kitchen.

Decorate the Kitchen Island with Kitchen Utensils and Products
Decorating your island with kitchen utensils or other products is another great option, along the same lines as the appliances. As with the appliances, you don’t want to put any old kitchen products on display. Eye-catching items like decorative containers and baskets or a spice rack are great additions to a kitchen island. Other items that look fantastic are napkin or paper towel holders and canisters of dried goods such as sugar and flour. You just want to be sure that the space doesn’t end up being a catch-all. Remember, you still want to keep it neatly organized.

Decorate the Kitchen Island with Flowers
If you can’t figure out what to do with your kitchen island, consider adding a nice vase or basket of flowers. Although fresh flowers are more appealing than fake ones, remember that they’ll need to be replaced every few days. Another option is to place a nice houseplant there.

When decorating, you need to attend to the kitchen island just like any other area in the room. When you leave an island completely empty on top, it tend to be boring and may even bring down the look of the kitchen. If you utilize the space you have, you will create a look for your kitchen that’s much more appealing.

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