Double Islands Put Pep in Kitchen Prep

I’ve been having a tiny case of island envy lately — there is no room for you personally in my 1960s U-shape kitchen. It is generally not a huge deal, but there are times when I would give anything for that extra space, such as the recent night I whipped up a batch of butter cookies and recognized the recipe created waaaay more than I had counted on. At one point I had cookies cooling on every available surface, including chairs.

So I can only imagine how luxurious it must be to have two ! — kitchen islands. Not only do they double the prep area, but they also give guests a place to perch from splatters and sharp knives, plus they supply generous room to spread out a buffet. Maybe the biggest surprise: You do not need acres of room to adapt them (though it helps).

Check out these two-island kitchens to find out more about the possibilities. And if you’ve got a set of islands on your space, was it worth the splurge? We’d love to know more — leave a comment and discuss.

alisha gwen interior design, llc

Here is the most classic orientation for twin islands: one facing the main work zone, a different facing the opposite living area. (you may find an idea of this area’s whole configuration here.) It clearly demarcates the guest and cooking areas so that no one’s stepping on somebody else’s feet.

Tina Kuhlmann

Smart positioning makes these islands additional operational. They sit at the center of the U-shape layout, with one directly in the core of the work triangle. The additional sink in this island helps to streamline meal preparation and cleanup.

The secondary island with stools is only a step from the china cabinet, which makes placing places and serving food a snap. A chandelier over each island helps to define the two zones visually.

Priester’s Custom Contracting, LLC

In a similar manner, a row of pendants anchors each of these two islands. The long, slender lines of the light reinforce the kitchen’s linear texture.

M. Designs Architects

I believe this strategy is really clever: Situate one island beyond the kitchen work area, perpendicular to your own spouse. It puts to good use an expanse of floor space that otherwise may have been wasted and gives visitors a clear view of the cooking action. Additionally, its location is perfect for party-guest flow.

Jane Kelly, Toilet and Kitchen Designer

Different countertop materials (granite and marble, in this instance ) can double a set of islands’ functionality and visual appeal. The orientation of those represents a twist on the regular layout: Rather than backing up to each other, the islands sit side by side. This may be a great solution to get quite a long, narrow space.

Vanguard Studio Inc..

Having two islands can be a excellent way to present another layer of texture and color in your kitchen. Within this Mediterranean-influenced space, the front island presents an ornately tiled facade that echoes the backsplash, while the back one wears a quieter Wedgwood blue finish.

Warmington & North

Islands do not need to sit parallel to each other. Turning one in an angle, as in this kitchen, helps both to loosen up the symmetry of this space and produce a more efficient traffic flow.

Tracery Interiors

In the end, there is no rule that an island must look like an island. The one on the best in this kitchen is styled after a table, which gives it a furniture texture and dresses up the space.

Inform us: If you’ve got a set of islands on your space, was it worth the splurge? We’d love to know more — leave a comment below.

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