via Apartment 34 (or skip the island and have a dining table instead)
I recently received a question about kitchen islands from a reader. She asked, “Is square or rectangle the only way to go for a timeless look?”
Yes, yes and yes.
An odd shaped island should only be specified if the layout doesn’t support a square or rectangle.
It’s rare that I look at an island that is NOT square or rectangular and think ‘Wow that looks really beautiful’. Usually it looks like someone was trying to be overly creative, just like using too much accent tile. It creates a look that dates quickly.
Anytime we really love a designer kitchen, it almost ALWAYS has a rectangular or square island.
I’m not saying there aren’t exceptions to this, but make sure your kitchen layout really demands an unusual shape before you design one. Most of the kitchens in this post would have looked better with a more classic shape like the one I’m talking about.
via Glitter Guide
Also, islands with an attached bar top are especially a personal pet peeve of mine. It’s hard for kids to get up that high and I much prefer an island that looks like a piece of furniture. If you’re going to install one, make sure it looks like this (above) instead of this!
Terreeia disagrees with me. Her background is hospitality so she thinks that having an island with a bar promotes being social because you can stand and talk to the person sitting at a bar top island. And some people like that you can’t see the dishes from the other side of a bar topped island. All those are good reasons if they truly apply to your life style, just keep it a rectangle!
Personally, I don’t even like to sit in a restaurant if I have to have my feet dangling. It’s just not comfortable.
via Elle Decor
Design by Carla Aston
Design by Lauren Muse
Out of the 50 kitchens shown in this HGTV slideshow, only three were an unusual shape.
By the way I loved your responses to my last post. So many of you so generously posted your experience with rectangular sinks and the lesson we learned was that if you install one make sure it has a sloped base instead of a rectangular base, this way the dirt doesn’t sit in the corners making them difficult to clean!
Also I don’t really think that an oval sink is more timeless than a rectangular sink. Obviously if that rectangular sink has a geometric pattern in it or something like the flowers from the 80’s then that would be considered more trendy.
Happy Monday everyone!
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