When you’re short on space, think big. The idea may seem absurd, but you’ll be surprised by what a single statement piece can do. That doesn’t mean it’s about adding more to an already tight squeeze. But the greatest gift an island can give is the solution to a lack of space, with impact. The key is to look beyond the obvious.
Islands come in all different shapes and styles, but you can speak to your designer about using cabinetry that’s a bit unexpected. Countertop cabinets placed on the floor may feel counter-intuitive, but they’re storage saviours and creators of options. Think large glazed doors with narrower frames for a refined, elegant look. And, being glazed, you’ll get to appreciate the form that rows of understated shelving bring to your room – they’re not just for walls. Use your ‘counter bottom’ cabinets to display treasured pieces together that you’ll get to see as soon as you walk into the room, and on the other side, fill it with the things that you want to keep close to hand. Or, turn it into a mini library with all of your cookbooks stored safely behind glass, ready to be thumbed.