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4 Ways a Kitchen Island Can Improve Your Space

  • October 16, 2018

Kitchen islands are a popular trend these days. But have you ever thought about why so many people look for ways to add an island to their kitchen?

Read on about four ways a kitchen island can improve your space – and be inspired by photos of our projects that feature awesome kitchen islands!

Space for Prepping Food / More Countertop Space

Regardless of the size of your kitchen, it’s often difficult to find counter space when you need it. Sometimes there are so many small kitchen appliances and storage containers parked along the back of the counter that there isn’t much space remaining for food prep. This is one of the big advantages of a kitchen island, as it gives you more space to spread out and comfortably prepare your meals.

Kitchen Island with Countertop Space

Countertop Space to Prep Food

Kitchen Island with Countertop Space to Prep Food

Storage / Additional Cabinetry

Kitchen islands not only provide more countertop space, but also come with more cabinets, meaning more storage! Utilize under-island cabinets for things you need to access frequently, or use the additional space for accessories such as garbage/recycling centers or pull out drawers for pots and pans.

Décor cabinetry in Willow paint (perimeter) and Mist stained White Rift Oak (island) give a warm and bright feeling to this contemporary kitchen.

In addition to a new island with a wine refrigerator, this kitchen comes equipped with storage solutions for everything from dishes and spices to hard-to-fit trays.

Social Gatherings

Not only can you prep and serve food on your kitchen island, but you can host a social gathering at it, too! A kitchen island is the perfect spot for friends and family to gather casually, or with optional seating, the island becomes a convenient place to enjoy a glass of wine before dinner or grab a quick meal.

With ample counterspace and seating, this island allows the homeowner to use the kitchen without missing conversation or nearby activities.

Kitchen Island Seating for Social Gathering

Kitchen Island with Room for Social Gathering

Design Statement / Add Style

A kitchen island gives you the opportunity to add a stylish flair to your kitchen. Your island does not have to match existing cabinetry. Choose a contrasting color, a striking countertop, fabulous pendants and unique bar stools to make your island the new focal point of your kitchen.

Kitchen Island Design Statement

Kitchen Island with Design Flair

Have questions about designing the right kitchen island for your space? Learn more about our kitchen design services or schedule an appointment with a kitchen and bath designer to get started on your kitchen island or kitchen design today.

The Mingle Team says

Hi Rhianna,

Our clients tell us that their kitchen island has definitely become the focal point of their kitchen as well as their new gathering space! Our cabinet designers have many creative solutions that will maximize storage and make your entire kitchen function more efficiently. Please let us know if we can assist you on your project. You can schedule an appointment on line ( or give us a call at 763.717.8500. Thanks for your feedback!

MacKenzie @ Mingle

Rhianna Hawk says

I’m considering getting a service to help me redesign my kitchen, and putting in an island is a great thing to discuss with them, for sure. It’s good that they can add more cabinetry that way, as my kitchen does need more storage space. I appreciate you talking about how it can be a great hub for social gatherings, as well.

Taylor Bishop says

Thanks for writing about kitchen islands. I hadn’t considered that the island can be a good place for friend and family to gather, especially if you have optional seating. This also seems really ideal if you know you’ll need more seats to accommodate the amount of guests you usually get.

The Mingle Team says

Hi Taylor!

Thank you so much for the nice comment. We are so happy you came across our blog and left feeling inspired with a new idea! Our designers do a wonderful job taking the time to understand how the homeowner will use their kitchen, whether it’s more for cooking or more for entertaining. Whatever the case is, we always custom design our kitchens tailored to our clients needs and with high functionality and quality. Thank you for checking out our blog!

MacKenzie @ Mingle

Olivia Smart says

I liked how you talked about how islands can be great for gatherings. We are thinking about renovating our kitchen and having a big island added to the space. It seems like it could be good for us to have it there for family events.

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