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Home Interiors Special Advertising Section When it comes to style GREAT DESIGN has endless possibilities Your Island Awaits… By Anika Laube No, I am not referring to a vacation place, but rather the oasis you fi nd in your own home—the kitchen island. Th is modern kitchen focal point often serves to adjoin two central areas of the home—the liv- ing room and kitchen, and as such it has become the known place for friends and family to gather and share in more than just food preparation. If you are considering a remodel or a new build this important space deserves con- siderable thought with regard to design and functionality as it will likely become the hub of your home. Keep the following in mind when working on the design of your island: Size matters! Additional workspace is a great benefi t of an island, and casual dining space is one of the most popular features also incorporated. In order to accommo- date both, you'll want a sizeable amount of square footage dedicated to this area. Consider countertop overhangs of at least 10-12" to give adequate chair and leg room for permanent seating. If you have adjacent seating, an island with no overhang is still great for standing around. Next consider height. A one-level island Trust our expert professional advice to help you coordinate flooring, cabinets, countertops & backsplashes. Create the personalized look you want for your home and discover the inspiration our products offer. We'll help you find the right design solution for your needs. provides the most useable space, however an island with multiple heights works well to separate areas into clear stations. Th is idea is used frequently when a sink or cook top is incorporated into the design. Add- ing a bar height area works great for adults; however table height is growing more popular especially for families with young children. Lastly, have your kitchen designer get creative with the shape, color or architec- tural details. Rounded curves, open shelv- ing, decorative moldings or a bold color can add that special touch. After all, you want your island to be memorable so as to invite family and guests back for frequent visits. 64 BRAVA Magazine 257-0291 March 2012 250 West Beltline Hwy Madison Anika Laube is an interior designer and fl ooring consultant with Coyle Carpet One, 250 W. Beltline Hwy., Madison; (608) 257-0291.

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