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.

Create A Bedroom Oasis

A bedroom can be an oasis, a place to rest and relax, but there is a lot that goes into making your bedroom the ideal spot.

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This Fifth Avenue bedroom offers a relaxing retreat, with hanging lights, a four-poster bed and sumptuous bedding.

Work with your interior designer to create a calm environment and a suite that is specifically designed for your needs. Holzman Interiors can help you choose your colors, lighting, bedding, seating and other features to make your bedroom complete.

Choosing colors that are serene, such as cool neutral like taupe, light blues and white can help create a soothing vibe. You can then choose bolder colors for your bedding and pillows, such as a deep purple or maroon.

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Using neutral colors can create a soothing vibe in your bedroom, perfect for winding down after a long day.

Darker colors also can be an option, if you like a darker look, such as the new Benjamin Moore color of the year, Shadow 2117-30, a royal amethyst shade that changes in light. This can create a dark room, perfect for sleeping with blackout shades to keep out the light.

Holzman Interiors can work with you, whether you live in the city and have a small bedroom and want a pop-up TV cabinet, or have a larger bedroom where you want to have a sitting area. Other features could include a fireplace or a walk-in closet as part of your bedroom floor plan.

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This glamorous bedroom features multiple seating areas, a television and a fireplace.

A good night’s sleep is an important factor for your health and to have productive days. We also can work with you to pick the right size bed, mattress, and bedding. In today’s market, there are many mattress options, whether you prefer a mattress that moves to a sitting position, or a memory-foam or pillowtop mattress.

Lighting is important in the bedroom, depending on if you prefer to read in bed, have a reading chair or like muted light with a television. You can have lights on either side of the bed on night stands, lamps hanging from the ceiling or wall-mounted lamps.

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Unique lighting helps illuminate your bedroom. Holzman Interiors can work with you to create the look that works for you, incorporating lighting, bedding, furniture and more.

Check out our full portfolio to see more of our bedroom designs. Contact Holzman Interiors for a free consultation and to learn more about our services.