The Unique Kitchen: Why Waterfall Islands Work

waterfall kitchen islandTrends in the kitchen can be hit-or-miss. Sometimes, it’s a fleeting fad that a year later we regret doing, which might send us searching for the next kitchen renovation idea.

However, one rising trend that’s actually stylish enough to stay is becoming very popular: the waterfall kitchen island.

The stylish island for eating

Kitchen islands come in a variety of styles and shapes, and the fun of kitchen renovations sometimes lies in choosing which to go with.

A more traditionally-styled kitchen may opt for a more homey kitchen island, where you have a defined countertop and varying designs for the bottom part—be it a cabinet or a space for chairs.

Others can give the island more of a “bar” feel, where it can be turned into a combination of kitchen workspace and eating/serving area for simple snacks and meals.

With a waterfall kitchen island, you can have all these things, though with one distinct feature: a waterfall kitchen island extends the material used for the countertop for it to run down to the floor. Think of your countertop as the top of the waterfall, and the same “water” spills over the ends and runs down in a continuous curtain. Talk about stylish continuity.

Some waterfall kitchen islands can even have “half” a waterfall, where it reaches halfway to the floor and gives the illusion of a “hanging” island bar.

Easy way to get your kitchen accent

waterfall kitchen islandBecause of its unique design, a waterfall kitchen island can provide a talking-point feature for your kitchen. If you like a white and black motif, the countertop can be black, while the cabinetry is white wood or some other material.

This kind of motif can extend through the rest of the kitchen and turn the stylish waterfall kitchen island into an integrated centerpiece. Truly a cohesive way to design your kitchen.

It’s worth it!

A waterfall kitchen island is an investment in the future. As we said earlier, the last thing you want is to renovate according to a fad and then be tired of it quickly. Marble and granite never go out of style. And this kind of kitchen island will show off all that polished stonework beautifully. The waterfall kitchen island uses more counter surface material than other islands, but this should be your best kitchen feature that makes you the envy of your guests.

Think of how this investment will pay off should you decide to sell your home. The kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s the gathering place where people truly come together and where memories are made. Potential buyers will be imagining themselves creating new memories – around your waterfall kitchen island.

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Doug Kerr - the owner of Kerr ConstructionDoug Kerr is the owner of Kerr Construction in Vancouver. With over 25 years of experience in the renovation and new home construction business, he has developed the Kerr System for designing and building. With this Design/Build system he has helped hundreds of clients achieve their dream homes while also winning multiple national and provincial building and renovations awards. Being a former world-class athlete…” Read more.


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