Kitchen Islands, More than meets the Eye

As a gathering place, it’s a most popular destination.

To be sure, the kitchen island has a lot to offer. It bridges the gap between work and storage areas in a large space, saving steps. In a smaller footprint, it offers an always-welcome extra counter for chopping veggies, setting down pots and stacking plates.

It may be a hideaway, but one likely to be noticed. Hip kitchen islands have broken away from their plain, boxy roots. Once merely an extension of all-matching cabinets, perhaps topped by a butcher block for added function, the island today is a standout, a piece of furniture with its own personality, style, finish and details.

Consumers want something more distinctive, even elegant, and furniture manufacturers are obliging by adding islands, as they have bathroom vanities, to their lines.
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