Usually an island is placed in a larger kitchen or an open space adjacent to the living area. In addition to structuring the space, the kitchen island typically houses a preparation area to which a hob or sink can be added. A breakfast bar or a dining table with matching chairs or stools create a coherent transition between the two areas.
If you opt for a central island, make sure you can still walk around comfortably in the space and bear in mind the needs of each member of the family. Also ensure the whole unit is kept clean and well organised thanks to integrated storage solutions.
When combining colours, choose a dominant colour and several complementary colours. Depending on your wishes, you can create a soothing or an energising result.
When choosing colours for your kitchen (units, walls, floors, worktop), take into account your room as a whole. The floor should be rather neutral and low-maintenance. If the cabinets are neutral (white, beige, grey, black...) then you can choose a more dramatic colour for the walls.
As for the finish of the kitchen furniture, remember that gloss makes the space brighter while matt shades absorb light. Are you keen on a white kitchen? Or maybe you prefer a combination of black and wood? It’s up to you, depending on your tastes and the way you want to set up your space.
In a kitchen you should have as much natural light as possible. A well-orientated room, an open space, bright and reflective surfaces will allow you to increase the natural light in the space by one to two hours a day.
In addition to this natural light, you should opt for multifunctional lighting. We use zoned lighting for the whole room, with spotlights or suspended pendant lights. We also recommend functional lighting for the preparation area. Atmospheric lighting above the breakfast bar is also a nice addition.
Remember that warm white lighting promotes a warm and friendly feel. Cool white lights, on the other hand, are crisp and more suited to functional areas and contemporary designs.