Layers of texture, full of detail and great looks – the latest kitchen island ideas are designed to impress in every way. The overall dimensions of any island unit should be affected by the proposed size and layout of your kitchen. However, some islands are made to stand out, and that’s exactly what Canadian architect and interior designer Ferris Ravoli achieved with musician Drake’s home.
Dubbed ‘The Embassy’, the house takes its cues from traditional Beaux-Arts architecture, but with a modern and glamorous spirit perfectly embodied on the massive island.
In a conversation with Architectural Digest, Ravaoli describes the interiors as “modern Art Deco,” a reference to a classic style revamped to satisfy his high-profile client’s desire for high-end luxury. This message is delivered through the size of the island and the materials used to craft this exceptional design.
Oversized kitchens require an island of generous proportions to ensure it does not appear wasted in space. We’ve noticed that more stylists and consumers are choosing bigger, sexier carrots than ever before.
The island has become more than just a kitchen feature; It is often the heart of the kitchen; A place to gather, eat and socialize. The best islands have a practical side and a social side. The latter can be a simple breakfast bar or a more substantial drop down dining/banquet table arrangement.
“The shape of the table could be more comfortable if you intend to eat most meals on the island and supports the change in worktop materials for more design interest,” says Richard Moore, Design Director at Martin Moore.
When designing a kitchen island, especially one that is central to the scheme such as Drake’s, it is essential to focus on sourcing the best materials.
“Due to their central location and the fact that they can be seen from all sides, island units are ideal for exploring interesting materials and finishes,” agrees Jane Powell, designer at The Roundhouse.
Marble is an exceptional choice for a luxury kitchen, and it is this material that plays a central role in Drake’s home kitchen. This Statuario Paonazzo island and kitchen backsplash is a beautiful white marble from Italy, featuring subtle gray veining and small flecks of deep gold. A luxurious touch that fits well in this space.
Choosing the best marble kitchen ideas takes time, says interior designer Sarah Southwell: “I pick the marble before anything else in the room and then the scheme evolves from there. I then pick colors and textures to create a scheme that complements the marble.”
Marble is more versatile than many people realize, think Angus and Charlotte Buchanan of Studio Buchanan. “We love using it to elevate the details and focal points around the house, too.
“If you’re worried about overdoing it, limit your statement material to the main focal point of your island—the height that will project from the dining table and/or as you enter the kitchen—and then match the rest of the island to the materials used in Main Treasury.