From prep station to party hub – these islands are made for entertaining all year round …
A kitchen island and a great party go hand in hand – whether you’re using it for party preparation as the party set up station or as the hub where your family and friends will gather. These gorgeous kitchen islands are ready to support their homeowners in whatever they need them for and can quickly become a wonderful space to entertain.
Of course size might factor into the potential footfall of a party (a large kitchen is asking to be filled with party goers) but all of these kitchen islands boast practical and pretty elements for parties. Whether it is a conveniently shaped island (pill shaped is easy to move around), carefully located in the centre of the room, topped with bright marble or quartz to keep the room illuminated, has smart storage (glasses/snacks at the ready!) or it has smart appliances built into it – ready for your wine or other beverages of your choice – you can be sure you won’t feel alone at these islands …
…and overall coolness. Super modern and trendy – this kitchen is ready to wow guests in the coming party season. The glass cabinet doors showcasing the drink goblets and glasses is a smart design choice for a homeowner who likes to host. The island has been kept minimal, by placing the sink and hob on the countertop at the wall it means the island surface is ready to hold canapés and beverages – and to witness great conversation. The shelved splashback will be a big trend in 2024 – watch this space. www.colombe.pl
PILL SHAPED ISLAND
The pill shaped island works perfectly in a kitchen for the hosts who like to work the room. Due to its shape, it is easy to move around and therefore great for having groups of people over. The counter stools underneath are practical for day to day and work perfectly for when the numbers start to dwindle and your guests need a perch. They also look great with their gold branched legs. This kitchen boasts elegant luxury with Calacatta marble adorning the island. www.millerbrothers.ie
PARTY PREPARATION STATION
The layout of this kitchen is just made for hosting dinner parties. By placing the kitchen island in line with the glass doors it is ready to be part of the party preparation production line. With ample storage in the island and behind it, the host can move easily between stations and ultimately glide towards the dining room table with whatever fabulous meal they have created. Alternatively the guests can stride past the other side of the island to get the garden through the French doors for summer parties. www.devolkitchens.co.uk
COVERING ALL BASES
This open-plan, lateral kitchen with three-metre high ceilings is destined to be a great party spot. With open windows and French doors – it has the capacity for large numbers at this joyous time of year.
But the proof is in the pudding! The large square island is home to a strategic wine fridge, and faces a beautifully curated bespoke glassware display cabinet which is ready to be used at any moment. The island stools are luxe chairs so smaller groups can enjoy a countertop dinner. www.neptune.com
The island is a good place to pop your wine fridge or other party appliances so that they are always ready to go and in your eyeline. The Siemens IQ500 Wine Cooler has a unique presentation for fine wines with its oak shelves, you can enjoy the wine at your preferred temperature (as it is adjustable). There is storage space for exceptional wine collections of up to 44 bottles – as well as other features ready to set you up for successful hosting. www.siemens-home.bsh-group.com
Out of an open plan living room came a kitchen with the potential for incredible cocktail parties. This island, with the glass fronted dresser, copper-fronted cabinet and the plush turquoise bar stools is the perfect set up for a cocktail party. www.ledburystudio.com