4 Reasons Kitchen Islands are a Must-Have!

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Kitchen islands are among the most functional aspects of today’s homes. They can add a pop of color to create a focal point in the kitchen, create a physical divide in an open-plan space, and so much more! With additional cabinets, countertop space, and seating, freestanding kitchen islands can make a big difference in the efficiency and organization of your kitchen. If you’re not convinced island-living is for you, check out the top reasons why we love kitchen islands below! When you’re ready to get started on your custom kitchen design—island or no island—contact us to speak with a Marsh Kitchen & Bath designer.


  1. Create a Focal Point with two-toned Kitchen Cabinets.

Island cabinetry is the perfect place to introduce a fun color that might overpower if carried throughout the design. Where a black finish on all kitchen cabinets might make a space oppressive, a black island contrasts beautifully with white perimeter cabinets. This farmhouse kitchen creates a focal point with its black island and antique table extension. It’s a carefully considered design element that pairs well with the bright and open area. Light finishes on the perimeter keep the room feeling spacious and airy while the wood tones, antique finishes, and large black island make it a warm and inviting kitchen. Two-toned kitchens are very much on-trend, but the clever design choices they include make them undeniably timeless. See our inspiration gallery for even more kitchen island ideas!


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  1. Kitchen Islands Add so much Storage Space

Islands often make a style statement, but their purpose extends far beyond their aesthetic. Kitchen islands put function first by offering added cabinetry that gives homeowners plenty of storage options. Deep drawers, trash pullouts, tray dividers, and more products designed for organization can be included in a custom kitchen island design. All of these features simplify a cook’s time in the kitchen and make it a more enjoyable place to spend time in. This kitchen design takes advantage of every inch of space by including cabinet doors on the front and back of the island for easy access to items stored here. Kitchen islands with storage are an ideal place to store fine china or seasonal items that are nice to have within easy reach even though they may not be used regularly.


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  1. Additional Seating makes Kitchen Islands the Perfect Place to Gather with Family.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and kitchen island with seating is the heart of the kitchen. As open-concept homes increase in popularity, kitchens have become social hubs where we gather to spend time together. When people entertain, it’s common for friends and family to make their way to the kitchen to chat with the hosts as they prepare a meal. Islands make it easy for guests to congregate in the kitchen without getting in the way of the cook trying to move hot pans from the oven to the countertop. Kitchen islands with stools also serve as the perfect place for kids to do their homework as they enjoy an afternoon snack.


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  1. Extra Kitchen Counter Space can be Used for Food Prep.

Have you ever taken a hot pan out of the oven only to realize you’re out of countertop space and have nowhere to place it? We have. One of the most frustrating kitchen design issues is having an inefficient layout that lacks food prep areas around the range, oven, and sink. It’s crucial to have plenty of countertop space incorporated into your kitchen design to ensure a hassle-free cooking experience. A kitchen island is a great way to add an expansive workspace that allows you to chop veggies, mix ingredients, and place hot items straight out of the oven without running out of room. Whether you’re placing your appliances on the opposite wall or even within the island, having this extra kitchen counter space nearby makes cooking and baking so much more convenient and stress-free.


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If you’re ready to start on your own custom kitchen design featuring an island—or peninsula, U-shape, L-shape, and galley style—talk to a Marsh Kitchen & Bath designer! With locations in Burlington, CharlotteWinston Salem, and Greensboro, we’re happy to work with North Carolina builders and homeowners to provide the kitchens of their dreams.