We are often asked if the countertop of the island needs to match the existing kitchen countertop in style, or what will be installed as the main kitchen countertop. In most homes I would say it does match, but it really does not have to at all, nor does the material need to be the same. In fact, if you are not going to match them up exactly it's better if it looks like you are not even trying to match them, so using a completely different color and surface is perfectly acceptable.
The kitchen island design first gained popularity in the 1970s, although it was reportedly the trend back in medieval times. As mainstream kitchens began to expand, more and more people found this particular design all-encompassing and versatile, especially in events where lots of people gathered together to celebrate.
Kitchen islands are mainly of the wooden or the stainless steel types. They can be used in the kitchen or they can be of the outdoor type where they can be placed in the backyard or next to the swimming pool for preparation of outdoor meals. Kitchen isles can be made of blocks where each block has a particular function or they can be one big unit that incorporates all the requirements into the structure. One can build simple wooden kitchen islands that have drop leaves to save space.
The drop leaves can be attached to the periphery of the isle top and they can be attached with hinges so that they can be folded along the sides of the isle. The bottom part of the wooden island can be a sturdy stationary base or have wheels included in them to make it mobile. The shelves of the wooden island can be of a simple type where they open up to compartments that store utensils and cans. Above the shelves can be a chest of drawers that are used to store cutlery. The island top can be of a sturdy wooden base that is polished to make it look like a dining table.
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