A Kitchen Island Remodel Boasting Frills and Function

We all dream of having a kitchen that is both beautiful and functional.  There is nothing more frustrating than being in a kitchen that makes poor use of space.  Bumping into cabinets and running about your kitchen to things just out of reach are all signs of a kitchen that could use a more functional design.

Interior designer, Melody Ring of Melody Ring Design, shared her latest kitchen remodeling project with us.  A kitchen island is a very popular addition to your kitchen.  Learn how she transformed an outdated, poorly designed kitchen into a functional and gorgeous work space.

Before Kitchen

Besides being out of date, the kitchen was u-shaped with a kitchen island in the middle.

There was not room for the island and when the refrigerator was open you couldn’t open the stove or vice versa. There was only about 28″ between cabinets.

After Kitchen

We removed the peninsula, opening the kitchen up and creating a great room with plenty of space to move about.  The kitchen island was placed in a more functional position, providing enough room to open appliances and cabinetry.

Updating the cabinetry and appliances, we brought in rich textures with contrasting shades and finishes. The kitchen island was designed to provide both additional work space and seating areas.

The mosaic tile back splash add both a focal point and contrasting color, tying in the dark accent colors to the muted green walls.

How were you able to create a functional and beautiful work space in your kitchen remodeling project?  Did you include a kitchen island?

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