December 1, 2023

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Emily Henderson’s 5 things to consider when purchasing a kitchen island |

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Kitchen islands can be a highly social and functional addition to homes that are large enough to fit them. When it comes to design advice on kitchen island ideas, we’re turning to expert interior designer Emily Henderson, who recently took to Instagram to share a video that explains the key things you should consider ahead of incorporating this statement piece into your home. 

Kitchen islands are of course a very costly part of your modern kitchen ideas, so it’s important that you take time to consider the design that is best for your space. We’ve summarized Emily’s top tips below, which will ensure you end up with an island that is durable, functional and has aesthetic appeal. 

1. Durable countertops

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The first thing to consider for your island is the durability of the kitchen countertops, according to Emily. ‘Having durable countertops can promote higher use of the space: if you feel like you’re afraid to hurt something you’re probably less likely to use it!’ says Jesse Vickers, Creative Director at JLV Creative.

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