All roads lead to the island – the kitchen island that is. Naturally, the human eye will land on the central focal point of a room and for a kitchen, this is the center for food and lounging. Add a slab of elegant marble or granite on it, and you’ve got yourself the next best hangout spot of the house. Islands can also have an additional cooktop, sink, a dishwasher and a breakfast bar, as add-ons.
Here are some crafty ideas that will help you spruce up your kitchen design just in time for the holidays. Let’s talk materials. If you are indecisive and prefer options, there are plenty. Let’s start with the most basic of granite.
Granite is one of the most beautiful and durable materials you can install in your home. For countertops, it’s a match made in heaven and certainly makes a great pairing with a backsplash. It’s durability an strength makes it top choice. It is stain resistant, heat resistant and scratch resistant.
Granite is granite but marble is a whole other animal entirely. This elegant stone requires higher maintenance and care, especially when installing into your kitchen. The marble island is ideal but will need your constant eye.
Quartzite is often used as a tougher alternative to marble. It’s easy to get confused with all of the different stones out there and often quartzite is confused with granite. It’s ideal for countertops in both the kitchen and bathroom, among other home surfaces.
A butcher block may not be the first material you’d think of to accentuate your countertop, but it is certainly a nice add on and pairs well with quartz or stainless steel countertops. Make it a wood block and you’ll be ushering in a warm rustic feeling.
The kitchen island is a place of celebration, so it’s important that you give it your attention. Your dinner guests will thank you in the long run.