What will you use your Kitchen Island for?
The kitchen island can be a way of adding extra functionality and storage to your space, as well as a seating area.
- Entertain guests with an island, where you can serve drinks, or let your guests watch you prepare the food and start a conversation.
- Use an island to prepare food. Kitchen islands can feature cooktops and sinks to enhance their functionality in the kitchen space. You can comfortably prepare the food with room to manoeuvre and have your utensils within easy reach.
- Form a boundary between the cooking zone and living/dining area with an island.
Lots of us dream of having a statement island in the centre of our kitchen. They can be long and slim that runs parallel to the work area, neat and round in a smaller space, or built on a larger scale that can house a sink and appliances. Whatever your preference, here at Nicholas Bridger we will be able to create an island for all of your needs, but most importantly to add that style statement to your hub of the home that you have always dreamed of.
Below we look at some of the islands we have built in our projects and what our clients have used them for.
Islands- Nicholas Bridger Style
This grey island in the middle of the Winchmore Hill project is a beautiful example of our traditional shaker style. A grand circular area has been formed on one end featuring comfy stools to pull up a chair and get a conversation going around the island. It also holds a mini sink area for convenience and the most ultimate of storage solutions.
This beautiful deep aubergine island in the Bishop’s Stortford project comes complete with a large work space area and plenty of storage. The ultimate handmade bar has been built directly opposite making the island the perfect place to house the Sub-Zero Wine Storage. One end of the island is rounded to allow for a comfy seating area complete with plush luxury stools.
The island in this Billericay kitchen boasts an area for 4 people to sit at ease, with plenty of work surface for eating and preparing food. It has been completed with the Cambria Buckingham quartz which is a spectacular stone and gives a much-needed contrast to the kitchen furniture and flooring, enhancing the kitchen itself. The island also houses the sink and plenty of storage.
The very large island designed and built into this spacious open-plan living space comes with a full range of functions. A solid oak breakfast bar sits on one end creating a curved design and seating for five. The island also houses the induction hob and sink, with many storage solutions to meet the functionality of the kitchens needs.
In our relocated classic shaker below in Woodford Green, the island acts as a divider in the large open-plan space, with lots of storage space and a home for the sink area. Three stools sit all in a row providing a great seating area for a chat over a glass of red. We hand-painted the kitchen cabinets in Farrow & Ball Railings which provides a beautiful contrast against the brick work and light hues of the floor and worktops.
In our Potters Bar project, a traditional kitchen lies with a stunning island in the middle. The island has lots of storage and additional worktop space to get the very best out of the kitchen area. The island acts as a seating area too and houses the Franke sink with a luxury Perrin & Rowe 3 in 1 instant hot tap with separate rinse. The garden is right in view from the island, so our client is able to prepare their delicious meal and look out on to their beautiful garden.
The Hadley Wood project features a very large island in the middle of the open-plan space where it is curved on one end producing an outstanding seating area. It has been styled in our classic shaker in-frame furniture with a beaded front frame. The kitchen consists of a two-tone colour scheme with the island acting as the main attraction in the hub of the home, due to it being a darker grey. It also acts as a divider between the kitchen and living space. Three pendants hang all in a row providing the ultimate accent lighting for a night of entertaining.
In our Classic Shaker located in Ongar, Essex we designed an island between two pillars making full use of the available space and forming a boundary between the kitchen space and living space. It was also built at two heights. The in-frame design consists of fielded doors set into a beaded front frame and solid Oak drawer boxes on full-extension soft close runners. We hand-painted the cabinetry in Farrow & Ball “Railings”, which is a beautiful blue perfect for this classic style. Four bar stools sit neatly in a row allowing a perfect area for entertaining, and a space to be used by all. We also installed a pop-up socket to the island to make it a multi-functional cooking space.
In our Classic Shaker located in Hutton, Brentwood we designed the kitchen with an in-frame classic design with a beaded front frame. The kitchen was so spacious it was destined for a large workable island with extra worktop space and storage. The island is met with a large seating area made of sawn oak, which creates the perfect entertaining and dining space, and even hidden storage was built underneath with doors. Built-in to the island top is the Wolf Transitional Induction hob and the Wolf Downdraft extractor, all finished off with the Bianco Foresta Quartz. A plug socket sits on the end for those additional appliances such as the cake mixer, which are kept out of the clean lines and minimalist style this hub of the home and our client wanted to create.
In our Classic Shaker located in Whetstone, London we built an island to stand out and make a feature in this kitchen space. Painted in Scree from Little Greene the central island makes a statement piece especially with the skirting plinth. The island consists of two large doors, a Caple wine cooler, 4 chopping boards, and an integrated ice bucket. An overhang has also been designed into the island’s features offering to seat for 3 people and built with lovely handcrafted support. Our client has added soft grey “French Style” bar stools to the mix and three pendants suspend above for the ultimate task and mood lighting. All finished with a bowl of fruit!
In our Classic Shaker located in Stamford, the island separates the kitchen from the living/dining area in this open-plan space. Lots of storage has built into this particular island with a solid wooden top. Drawers, doors and wooden shelves give adequate storage solutions, and two Siemens built-in Ovens provide the ultimate cooking experience. Our client specified that they wanted the island to be an area to prepare food, so we built-in a mini sink. The island has been painted in a blue to make it a feature within this hub of the home, and three pendants hang above providing the best lighting.
In our Classic Shaker located in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire the island has been designed with entertaining in mind as well as a place to prepare the food. It has been hand-painted in Rectory Red by Farrow and Ball, topped with a luxury quartz Piatra Grey, and the legs have a finished edge profile which offers a charming look. At the end of the island, an additional piece has been added with a solid wood top and a wine rack underneath. Four sleek bar stools sit all in a line ready for an evening of entertaining, and four pendants hang above for the perfect mood lighting.
In our Modern Shaker located in London SW12, the open-plan space has been used very wisely, with the adequate space for a multi-functional island. Our client wanted to create their island as a focal point in their hub of the home and chose a different colour to the rest of the kitchen. This island can be used as an entertaining space as well as a prep area. We built in a sink area to the top of the island and a Bosch dishwasher beneath. Two dark and sultry pendants hang above, where three cream leather bar stools sit neatly in a row.
In our Contemporary In-Frame located in Sawbridgeworth, Herts the island we built here is a place for our client to store cooking essentials and gather for an informal conversation. The drawers built into the island feature dovetail joints that offer superior strength and durability. The matt white, with a “J” style handleless pull, offers an attractive and modern design all finished with a solid wooden top. Four bar stools sit on two sides of the island with two different coloured mongolian cushions for a chic French look, and decorative pieces have been added for a true style statement.
In our Classic Shaker located in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex there was just enough room to add a delicate island to the mix. With an overhang built on to the end, our client was able to make this a socialising area for a catch-up coffee or a place to have breakfast. Pull out drawers have been built into the island for extra storage, and an added worktop space to prepare that delicious recipe.
In our Traditional Shaker located in Chelmsford, Essex an apple green island sits central with hand-forged handles, to create a beautiful kitchen perfect for being in the country or suburbs. A bespoke beech chopping board has been built-in to the island ready to be placed on the extra worktop space above, and more storage is available the other side. An overhang of black granite makes a perfect breakfast bar for those sunny mornings, and three industrial pendants hang above for extra lighting and an industrial statement.
Here at Nicholas Bridger, islands are one of our best-loved kitchen features. We have created many different islands in our projects all with the client’s personal touch. Make that dream a reality by contacting us now for more information- we look forward to hearing from you.