There is nothing more relaxing than chilling out with friends and family around the kitchen breakfast bar or central island. So many of our clients are keen to have either or both combined, with many of them listing this feature as their primary desire for their new kitchen. We often hear that clients want to be able to carry on entertaining their guests while completing the cooking, with some of them choosing to have an induction or gas hob centrally located on their island.
Our designers Mark and Jacob listen very carefully to what our clients want to achieve and how they want to use their new kitchens. They think and plan carefully, taking into consideration all of the obvious aspects, and then they go further and consider that very important requirement - comfort.
I’ve seen so many competitor kitchen companies totally overlook the need for comfort when designing seating around islands, with many of them overlooking the fact that people need somewhere to put their legs under some form of extended worktop! Our thoughtfully designed islands ensure comfortable dining for family and guests.
One of our most beautifully designed central islands was for a client who wanted to be able to use it as a primary place for dining with her children, as well as for when she wanted to entertain friends. The new kitchen was one of the main projects within our client’s renovation plans on her 1970’s bungalow, set in the Hampshire countryside.
“My wish list started with a central island, but something that was much more than the usual islands I had seen in other kitchens,” commented Beau-Port client Jo Bowler. “I wanted a cross between a cocktail bar, sushi bar, food preparation area and also for somewhere for family and guests to sit and eat as well. I wanted to be able to face family and guests while cooking, not with my back to them, so Mark designed the island to include a Mercury range cooker and extended curved breakfast bar with beads of light that run around the whole bar, which makes me smile, looks stunning at night and creates a lovely atmosphere.”
Jo’s central island works so well, as Mark ensured that there would be ample additional extended worktop around the curved end of the island, to ensure family and guests could sit and eat comfortably.
Some more examples of Beau-Port’s thoughtful, creative and practical design approach to island dining showing one of our recent contemporary kitchen designs that incorporate an oak painted breakfast bar attached to a contrasting stainless steel central island.