LansdownTraditional Kitchen, Wiltshire
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We’re quite keen on curvesIt wasn’t only Shaker-style and country kitchens that grabbed your attention. This cosy room in a Georgian home in southwest England got a kitchen makeover that drew us all in with its inventive, curved, split-level island. The striking kitchen unit was designed and made bespoke, hand-painted in Farrow & Ball’s Oxford Stone, and topped with ‘river white’ polished granite worktops.
Stay in proportionThe average size of a kitchen island is 1000mm x 2000mm. This would typically have a surrounding clearance zone of 1000mm. But an island’s size is usually determined by the distances around it, so it makes sense that larger rooms can allow for bigger islands. The design of the large island in this kitchen works beautifully, and makes an eye-catching statement – but something too large for the room could spoil your kitchen’s aesthetic. A good kitchen designer will help you to determine just how large you should go.By not keeping an island’s dimensions proportionate to its surrounding space you also risk creating a cramped environment with an impractical and inefficient workflow. Even navigating around an island can become a chore if it’s too big. Also, in a larger space, it might seem logical to allow a wider walkway between the island and work surface opposite – there is a drawback to this, however: a clearance zone wider than 1200mm means your layout will become less comfortable to use as the gap between island and worktop starts to feel less user-friendly.