Barn home kitchen islands have come a long way over the past 15 years. In the beginning, every kitchen had a peninsula with stools on one side and a work surface on the other. That was then and this is now; the peninsula is still here and thriving but The Island has evolved.
Barn Home Kitchen Islands Today
At times the size of an economy car, some kitchens now allow for two islands. One or two is a personal preference, but their purpose remains the same, they are a multitasking kitchen necessity.
Islands house everything, from extra microwaves, a second sink and second dishwasher or dishwasher drawers, to wine refrigerators , work stations (with printer tucked away) and technology-required charging stations. It is also the perfect space for storage of those lesser used small appliances and oddly shaped pots and pans.
The style and design of an island varies. Sometimes they match the surrounding cabinetry; sometimes they are meant as an accent, built from differing material or painted a contrasting color. For a more rustic look islands may be made of reclaimed wood. Topped in matching or complimenting stone, butcher block or maple, the surface is a perfect, and often a much needed, extra work space.
In their multifaceted life, islands may act as the kitchen table, or even bethe kitchen table. They are the hub of an active household where mail is tossed, the kids hang out, and the girls come for drinks.
A Yankee Barn house accommodates a kitchen island beautifully as the extended ceiling height allows for correct scale (size) of the kitchen space to accommodate an island comfortably.