Tag Archive: kitchen island

A Well-Balanced Kitchen

Posted on September 20, 2017

Balance is an integral part of a kitchen design. In order to have balance within a space, proportion and scale need to be taken into account. Here’s some perspective from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan on how proportion and scale work together to impact your space. “Proportion refers to balance between design elements, while scale refers… more

Incorporating Seating into a Kitchen Island

Posted on April 20, 2017

An island can not only add storage and prep space to your kitchen, but it can be provide additional seating too. However, before you go picking out your stools, it is important to think about how much seating is actually needed, what the ideal counter height is and where the seats will be located. Here… more

The Right Way to Incorporate an Island in your Kitchen Remodel

Posted on September 27, 2016

When completing a kitchen remodel, a common request is for an island. Although high in demand, there are a few key items to consider before incorporating one into your space. Here are some tips from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan as to whether an island will enhance or inhibit your kitchen. “Many homeowners have their heart… more

Hinsdale Kitchen Goes from Bland to Grand

Posted on May 6, 2016

Before renovating, this Hinsdale kitchen lacked character. Overall, the space was very plain, which was not even close to reflecting the family that used it day in and day out. A large range in the main traffic area leading into the kitchen also stretched out the space, making the kitchen feel more like a long… more

Pops of Color Can Be Slight, With Decorative Pendant Lights

Posted on January 15, 2015

Today, homeowners enjoy having multiple layers of lighting in order to have more flexibility within their space.  Whether it is in the kitchen or in a casual setting, different moods and tasks call for different light fixtures. “Pendant lights are a functional targeted task light that can further enhance the style of the space,” says… more

Room Temperature Wine Storage Ideas

Posted on December 3, 2014

Large kitchens and open concepts are such a popular trend we see in today’s homes, and because homeowners have more space to work with in these new layouts, more cabinetry, kitchen islands, beverage centers and even home bars can now be incorporated. Depending on their preference and how they choose to customize their space, some… more

Taking The Kitchen Island To The Next Level

Posted on September 4, 2014

The kitchen island is one of the most popular elements that people request in a new kitchen remodel.  Without a doubt, kitchen islands can provide additional work, storage, and dining space; but many people may not know that a few modifications to the typical kitchen island can make them serve even greater functions in the… more

Double Island Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted on October 10, 2013

Incorporating double islands in a kitchen is a great way to achieve multiple goals.  In this case, the homeowners were big on entertaining guests, and having two islands made the kitchen more of a gathering space. “When space allows, double islands are a good way to maximize traffic flow without sacrificing storage,” says Normandy Designer Ann Stockard. … more

Functional Kitchen Island Ideas

Posted on July 23, 2013

Kitchen islands have evolved from a countertop workspace and storage to another truly functioning element of the kitchen that homeowners can utilize.  “By having a kitchen island where there’s some sort of fixture, like a secondary prep sink, or appliance increases the likelihood of the island countertop being used on a more regular basis,” says Normandy… more