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Cook, dine and gather: kitchen islands in 2024

Cook, dine and gather: kitchen islands in 2024

If you’re interested in kitchen trends and are an avid reader of our blog, you may have noticed that multifunctional or combination islands have been cited as one of the most exciting trends of 2024. In our last article, we briefly touched on why there’s been a turn for this trend and its increasing popularity among homeowners and kitchen designers alike. So today, we’re going to take a step further and explore why this functional and stylish addition is appearing more frequently in kitchens all over the UK.

The versatility of kitchen islands

Kitchen islands are older than you might think, and they’ve come a long way since they first gained popularity in the early 19th century! And while they’ve notably undergone some evolutions since their earliest designs, the core concept has proven to be a timeless one, and it still continues to be an essential component of modern kitchens today. Crucially, it’s also inherently flexible, which enables us to tailor their design to make them unique to each customer’s needs.

A kitchen island essentially serves as an extension of your cabinet workshop surfaces, giving you a useful space to prepare and cook meals. At its core, it typically consists of a countertop supported by a base, and it may also include cabinets or drawers for additional storage space. A classic kitchen island may also have bar-style seating on one side for casual dining.


classic kitchen island

The all-in-one solution

So that’s the classic kitchen island – a combination or multi-functional kitchen island, however, is a piece of furniture that integrates several functions into one. Interestingly, that’s where this trend seems to be heading! These all-in-one islands not only provide a workspace and storage, but may also include built-in appliances such as a sink or a Quooker tap. This combination concept opens up a number of interesting design possibilities – they can be used for extra storage, or as hiding spots for larger under-counter appliances like fridges and dishwashers to conserve more space.

A combination island can also serve as a dining table with comfortable all-round seating that encourages conversation, gatherings, and connection. That creates the perfect place to share meals with family and friends, reinforcing the kitchen’s reputation as the true heart of the home!

Compact charm

Not every home has unlimited space, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have unlimited potential. In areas where every inch of space counts, it pays to be thoughtful with your interior design choices, and that’s where combination kitchen islands can really shine. This multifunction kitchen unit fulfils a useful role as a jack of all trades, able to accommodate whatever you think your design needs – whether that’s extra storage, a meal preparation space, a dining table and / or a workspace. In some cases, that can completely eclipse the need for more than one piece of furniture, especially in open plan living situations.


Combination islands

Beauty beyond practicality

Despite their boundless functions, it’s not just the practicality of combination islands that has everyone incorporating them into their kitchen design plans. Like the other kitchen islands we’ve come to know and love, combination islands offer the same aesthetic elevations and can be found across all interior styles, whether you prefer minimalist contemporary designs, a classic traditional feel, or the charm of a rustic farmhouse kitchen.

So, if you’re thinking about remodelling your kitchen year and you’re looking for added functionality or simply an innovative way to make an island work for you, look no further than our talented design team. At Kitchen Design Centre, we’ve been offering unparalleled kitchen design and installation services for over 35 years. We offer a no-obligation Free Home Design Visit so we can assess your space in person and ensure our designs are perfectly tailored to meet your needs and preferences.

To see our work in situ, why not check out our case studies or pop down to one of our showroom locations today? You can find us in Manchester, Liverpool, Blackburn, or Barrowford and chat with one of our designers in person about bringing your ideas to life!

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