‘The kitchen island is synonymous with a luxurious and sociable kitchen,’ says Mike at B&Q. Not only a great place to perch, dependent on its design it can be used for extra storage, and adding bar stools can provide a casual dining area.
Looking for an alternative to an island? A peninsula is attached to a wall so you only sacrifice access to one side but it provides many of the same advantages. ‘Peninsula models work especially well in single wall or L-shaped layouts,’ adds Mike.
Speaking of islands and peninsulas, Cosentino predicts that waterfall worktops – a surface that appears to flow over the edge of a worktop, covering the side and reaching the floor – will continue to grow in popularity.