Why Every Modern Kitchen Needs a Kitchen Island | A Guide by Humphrey Munson


Welcome to the world of Humphrey Munson. Today we’re going to talk about one of the most sought-after features of any modern kitchen – the kitchen island. A kitchen island is a versatile and multifunctional addition to any kitchen, serving as a prep station, cooking station, dining table, and storage solution all in one.

Kitchen islands have been a fixture in kitchens for centuries, and it’s easy to see why. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the history of kitchen islands, the advantages of including them in your kitchen design, and why every modern kitchen needs one.

A Brief History of Kitchen Islands

The kitchen island, as we know it today, has its roots in the 18th century. During this time, the kitchens in large country estates were often located downstairs or even in separate buildings. This was to prevent the risk of fire and to keep the heat and smells of the kitchen away from the living quarters. These separate kitchens, often referred to as sculleries, were large, functional spaces with worktables (or prep tables) in the centre. These worktables eventually evolved into what we know as kitchen islands today.

In the 20th century, kitchen islands became more popular as kitchens became more integrated into the home. Today, the kitchen island is an integral staple in modern kitchen design, with homeowners and designers alike seeing the benefits of this versatile addition.

Advantages of Including a Kitchen Island in Your Kitchen Design

1. More Storage Space

One of the biggest advantages of including a kitchen island in your design is the added storage space. With a kitchen island, you can include cabinets and drawers for pots, pans, and other kitchen tools that you may not have space for elsewhere in the kitchen. This frees up counter space and keeps your kitchen clutter-free.

2. Additional Seating

If you enjoy entertaining guests in your home, a kitchen island is an excellent way to provide additional seating. With barstools or chairs, your kitchen island can double as a dining table or a place for guests to sit and chat while you prepare food.

3. More Counter Space

With a kitchen island, you’ll have more counter space to work with. This is especially useful if you have a large family or enjoy cooking and baking frequently. The added counter space allows you to spread out and work comfortably.

4. Aesthetically Pleasing

A kitchen island is also an aesthetically pleasing addition to any kitchen. With a variety of designs, materials, and finishes available, a kitchen island can be customised to fit your personal style and complement your existing kitchen design.

At Humphrey Munson, we believe that every modern kitchen needs to be designed with functionality and form in mind – often this will include an island, particularly if it’s a large open plan space. Not only do kitchen islands add functionality and storage space to your kitchen, but they also add a touch of elegance and style. We’ve designed and installed numerous kitchen islands for our clients, and we’ve seen firsthand the difference that they make.

If you’re feeling inspired by what you’ve read and are interested in working with us on your new kitchen design, we’d love to hear from you. Our team of talented designers are passionate about creating bespoke, luxury, and handmade kitchens that are tailored to each individual client’s needs and preferences. To get in touch, simply email call us on +44 (0) 1371 821300 or email us at info@humphreymunson.co.uk. We can’t wait to start discussing your dream kitchen project with you.

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