Colonial era kitchens often featured a sturdy work table for food prep. Those kitchen tables were the ancestors of today's kitchen islands. Kitchen islands as we know them -- with storage beneath and eating or food preparation space on top -- really began to gain favor in the 1970s. Now they are such a popular feature in homes that they are included as a "must have" in many kitchen remodeling projects.
Kitchen islands are a wonderful way to add counter space, storage and a place for family and guests to casually congregate. However, there are alternatives if your kitchen is too small to accommodate an island, the island hinders traffic flow, or you simply want a different look.
In this Cambridge kitchen, the homeowner used a table to create a wonderful, light, playful look in a smaller space.
We were delighted to see a recent article on Houzz.com that looks at alternatives to kitchen islands. We've shared "6 Ways to Rethink the Kitchen Island" by Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill in the photo gallery below. To view the whole article on Houzz, simply click any of the photos. To move through the photo gallery, use the arrows in the bottom, left-hand corner of each picture.
What do you think? Can you envision life without a kitchen island? Please post a comment or contact us if we may help you with your kitchen remodel.