6 of the Best Kitchen Island Ideas
Kitchen islands are a wonderful addition to any kitchen space. Below we showcase ideas that combine form and function and, of course, beautiful brassware.
These multifunctional blocks of furniture are the perfect spot for the sink and tap, allowing cooks to chat with guests while they prepare meals, drinks or tidy up. Whether the sink is a classic Belfast model or a sleek undermounted stainless steel design, there is a Perrin & Rowe tap to complement. Choose from three collections – Traditional, Country and Contemporary, as well as instant hot and filtration taps – each one engineered and hand crafted in Great Britain using traditional skills and techniques. And because only the finest quality materials are selected, combined with the latest engineering technology, each tap is guaranteed to last. Here we select seven of our favourite kitchen island ideas, suitable for both classic and contemporary interiors.
MAKE IT MULTIFUNCTIONAL
By teaming an island sink with a Perrin & Rowe tap with matching rinse, as well as an instant hot tap, you have an instant multifunctional wet zone for rinsing fruit and vegetables, washing pots and pans and making a cup of tea or coffee without waiting for the kettle to boil. With this stunning handmade kitchen designed by McClark Bespoke Joinery, Audrey and Mike of @thelondonhomefix have renovated their light-filled London property to include a Farrow & Ball Parma Grey Shaker-style island unit complete with a Perrin & Rowe Ionian Mixer with Rinse and Parthian Mini Instant Hot Tap, all in Satin Brass to offset the pale grey furniture and white marble worksurface beautifully.
TEAM WITH A POT FILLER
Ensuring the island sink covers every need, this beautiful kitchen, which has been lovingly created by Katie and Stuart of @reviving_no37 features an undermounted sink complete with Perrin & Rowe Phoenician Mixer in Aged Brass with matching rinse and soap dispenser. Soap dispensers are great for families with young children as well as helping to create a more hygienic home. For ease of use, the couple have also included a Perrin & Rowe Pot Filler on the splashback behind the range cooker. This is also in Aged Brass to match and simply extends and pulls out to fill pots and pans with water safely, without having to walk across from the sink area carrying a full pan.
CREATE A BREAKFAST BAR
When space allows, ask your kitchen designer for a worksurface overhang on the island. This enables you to create an instant breakfast bar – simply pop a couple of stools underneath and hey presto. For Surrey-based interior designer Emma Merry, her own island is sleek and sophisticated with the Perrin & Rowe Armstrong Mixer with Pull Down-Rinse in Aged Brass for an industrial look that complements the Shaws of Darwen Brindle fireclay sink and milk glass school lights above wonderfully.
MAKE CHORES EASIER WITH A PULL DOWN RINSE
Perrin & Rowe Juliet Sink Mixer with Pull Down Rinse in Chrome
Filling pots and pans is so much easier with a pull down rinse. The Perrin & Rowe Juliet Mixer in Chrome is a great idea for kitchen islands. Use it for washing up, filling pots and pans with water for boiling vegetables, filling the kettle or even to wash down the sink itself. Look for a finish that either complements or contrasts with your worksurface and cabinetry and consider if you want a shiny finish that can be easily polished up with a wipe down with a cloth or something with a ‘living’ finish that will develop a patina that looks better with age.
COMPLEMENT CLASSIC CABINETRY
If you have a classic or traditional-style island unit, choose a timeless tap to match. In this Monmouthshire by Hush Kitchens, bespoke handmade furniture is painted in Farrow & Ball Charleston Grey and teamed with natural stone flooring and the Perrin & Rowe Athenian Mixer and Rinse in Chrome. The finished effect is enduringly beautiful and will keep its looks as trends change.
ADD METALLIC ACCENTS
One of the biggest trends in kitchen design is to add metallic touches to your kitchen with hardware, accessories and small appliances. In this stunning Shaker-style kitchen with its petrol blue cabinets and crackle-glaze rectangular tiled splashback, the island features a sleek stone worksurface with integrated drainer grooves and a Perrin & Rowe Callisto Mixer in Aged Brass. This picks up on the cabinet handles perfectly, giving this classic kitchen a contemporary twist.
Main kitchen design by Huntsmore.