Kitchen Island Tables
While a kitchen island can certainly serve its purpose as an additional spot for storage or food preparation, some pieces are also intended to be a place for gathering friends and family. In fact, many kitchen island tables shirk their typical duties in favor of diner-style seating and a casual dining environment.
Ultimate Entertaining Setup
Equipped with large sliding glass doors that open to an adjacent patio, this kitchen has an ideal layout for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Professional-grade appliances accommodate preparing large meals for guests. Design by Iliaja Karlusic of HBA / Hirsh Bedner Associates
Impressive Kitchen Features
While top-of-the-line appliances aren't a necessity in an entertaining kitchen, a few special features will both impress your guests and provide easy access to food and beverages. This kitchen is outfitted with a convenient wine cooler, double ovens and a curved island where guests can gather.
For parties centered around sporting events or movies, a television in the kitchen is a fantastic feature. In this lively kitchen, the wall-mounted television is ideally placed so it can be viewed from both the bar and the seating area. Design by Lori Dennis of Dennis Design Group
A comfortable, efficient kitchen is a must for a serious cook who entertains both casually and formally. Bulthaup cabinets, high-end appliances and a carefully planned layout provide efficiency, while treasured heirlooms and antique French tiles make this space an inviting center of the home. Design by Van Tullis of Van Tillis Interiors, LLC. Photo by Hyunjung Bay
Cork Flooring for Kitchen
Cork flooring in the kitchen helps to muffle sound and cushion tired feet -- a welcome feature for both cooks and guests. Caramelized bamboo flooring in the adjacent family room meets the cork in a sweeping curve that enhances the openness of the space. Design by Amy Bubier of AB Design Elements LLC
Some hybrid kitchen islands marry the concept of additional food preparation space with extra seating for dining. These models typically are designed with one side serving as a working space, while the other half is used as a table space.
However, a new wave of kitchen island tables has been popping up in kitchens, looking instead like tables with extended legs rather than places for taking care of food preparation. Some of these table-like islands include shelving or cabinets below, while others nix the storage space in order to provide more leg room.
These kitchen island tables allow for more seating room, creating a casual space for dining within one of the most popular rooms in many homes. An overhead chandelier and decorative centerpiece will add to the feeling that the table is meant for entertainment rather than the overflow of work that can sometimes occur in a kitchen area.
And don't let the table aspect of the island keep you from sometimes using it as a work space. Instead, protect the top with place mats and cutting boards before relying on it for extra room to chop vegetables or mix together a fresh salad.
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