The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house; families often spend a lot of time in the kitchen. And the kitchen island is one of the most important items in the kitchen.

A kitchen island can provide extra seating and extra storage, as well as enhancing traffic flow.

That is why a kitchen island is a valuable addition to any kitchen. Why don’t you take the chance and add more uniqueness and style along with functionality?

Here are some helpful ideas for choosing the best kitchen island.

Get creative

Get creative

Think outside the box when it comes to kitchen islands. A lot of different items and pieces of furniture can be converted into kitchen islands.

Repurposing antique furniture also adds timeless character and rich personality to your kitchen.

Anything from an antique dresser to a sleek stainless steel lab table can be converted into kitchen islands.

So do not limit your options, if you cannot find anything you like, make your own.

Add some color

Add some color

You do not have to stick to traditional design rules and paint your island the exact same color as your kitchen cabinets.

You can choose to paint your island a color that contrasts with the rest of your kitchen cabinets, or try a different finish or a fun pattern on your island.

If you find the idea of an all-over color overwhelming, you can just add some color through the island top.

Add extra seating

Add extra seating

Seating does not have to be a permanent feature of your kitchen island, but it is always an extra benefit having an island.

If you want to incorporate seating into your island, try to work around the size and shape of your kitchen. If you have a long, narrow kitchen for example, seating may work better at the end of your island.

Or if your kitchen is too small, you may want to consider adding foldable chairs to the side of your kitchen island to use for additional seating only when needed.

If you are using your island for extra seating space, consider a comfortable seating height. Be sure to provide at least 12-inches of knee room for seating.

All-in-one island

All-in-one island

You might not think that placing your entire kitchen in your island is a good idea, but it can be a fun option for a modern kitchen. It can be very practical for small spaces, and it works especially well in an open plan area.

This type of kitchen plan creates a sleek elegant look that can be surprisingly functional.

Experiment with shape

Experiment with shape

Who said that a kitchen island must be rectangular?

It can be any shape you want it to be, an oval or even a circle if that would work best with your kitchen design.

If you think a traditional square or rectangle will hinder the traffic flow in your kitchen try something else.

If you are worried about trying a peculiar shape you can cut the shape first using construction paper to give it a trial run, place it on the floor and see how it looks.

Add extra storage

Add extra storage

If your kitchen island offers limited storage space, do not let that bother you; you can always add more storage if you want to.

For instance you can add hooks, hanging baskets or spice racks to create more storage options.

Add some wheels

Add some wheels

To add more flexibility to a small kitchen, consider an island on wheels instead of a built-in version.

An island on wheels gives you more room, it can be pushed this way or that whenever you need more space.