An Island Oasis In Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the main areas in the home where people gather or entertain. A kitchen island can become a centerpiece for social activity.

Many of our kitchen designs include an island, and you may not realize how many options there are available for kitchen islands.

Some things to think about are what you want to use the island for, whether it will be a prep space, an eating area, provide additional storage and if you want a sink or appliances included.

An island needs to go with the flow of the kitchen. In this Connecticut home, this large island has curves to offer more space around it and different levels that allow stools to be tucked in under the counter. It also has an extra sink, which can be used to wash vegetables, fill pots or drain pasta closer to the stove.

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This large island has an extra sink, a steamer, plenty of prep space and seating.

You don’t have to have a large kitchen to have an island, for example in this Fifth Avenue apartment, a smaller square island provides an eating and prep area. The stools can provide additional seating, a great space to sit for breakfast or a quick snack.

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This small island offers prep space and a spot to sit for a snack.

Islands also reflect the style of the kitchen. This modern kitchen island has a waterfall counter, that flows down one side for a dramatic look. It has two pendant lamps to provide light and stools that tuck under the counter.

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This waterfall counter island makes a statement in a modern kitchen.

Think about lighting, whether you want a larger pendant lamp, multiple smaller lamps, or a few medium-size lamps. With multiple smaller lamps, they can hang at different levels, creating an interesting look. Another option is a longer, hanging tray with candles. The style of the lighting is part of your overall look, whether you prefer a more modern or traditional style. The size of the island will impact how many lights you want as well.

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This kitchen island has one larger lamp above. Consider lighting options as part of your overall kitchen design plan.

Another consideration is if you want seating at the island, and the height you prefer. The basic choices are table, counter or bar height. This square island has chairs, which may be preferred for younger children or if you use the counter for work and are sitting for longer periods.

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This large kitchen island has chairs that provide a pop of color.

Kitchen islands provide storage, with cabinets and drawers, and can include a wine fridge or wine storage area or dishwasher. When designing the island, consider if you want to include these types of items that may need plumbing or electrical connections as part of the design. It is important to work with a designer to make sure this is taken into consideration as part of the planning for contractors.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free interior design consultation. Your kitchen is an important part of your home, you want it to be welcoming and functional. We can help you achieve that.

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Storage makes organizing easy

Everyone loves to be organized and having the right storage solutions can make it easy.

Whether it is a walk-in closet or a laundry room that helps you stay organized, solving your storage solutions can help your home function more smoothly.

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This walk-in closet offers lots of storage options.

In an upper Connecticut residence redesigned by Holzman Interiors, the clients requested a walk-in closet. This closet is an organizer’s dream, with shelving, drawers, containers and more. It offers plenty of places to hang or stack clothing, store shoes, and shelves for displaying ties or family photos.

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A walk-in closet can help you stay neat and organized.

Having an organized closet, where everything is neatly folded and hung, makes it much easier to find what you have and easily create outfits or get ready for work.

In the same home, a laundry room with trays to hold detergent and laundry softener, as well as a clothing hamper that can be used to divide clothing by color, simplifies laundry, making it less of a chore.

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Laundry room with trays and hampers.

Storage can also be used to showcase a collection, such as in this Chicago Lakeshore home, where the clients requested a glass storage cabinet for their wine collection. This not only stores the wine in a temperature-controlled environment, the doors allow easy access to take out a bottle to enjoy.

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Custom wine storage cabinet

In a living room, a built-in bookcase can offer a great way to display collections, photos or books. In this Union Square condo remodel, the cabinets and shelving offer places to store items as well as showcase them.

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Book shelves, drawers and cabinets offer lots of storage for photos, collections and more.

The kitchen is another place where storage options can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you like your spices in a tall cabinet, or as shown here in a drawer, having hidden storage can help the kitchen stay organized, keeping ingredients on hand while not cluttering up your counter top.

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This spice drawer is a great organizing tool to keep your        counter top clear of clutter.

Glass front cabinets can be used to store and display wine glasses or dishes as well.

Consider the items you treasure and work them into your design plan for a great way to personalize or organize your home. We can add attractive storage solutions to many different rooms.

Working with clients to determine their needs, and how storage solutions will help them, is part of our goal to not only create a beautiful design, but one that helps homeowners be more organized and simplify their life.