Kitchen Ideas: Options for an Island End Cap

midcentury modern kitchen with waterfall edge island and open shelves on island

Kitchen islands are an extremely popular request, most often desired for their prep space, seating, and storage. However, while many concentrate on the island’s shape, material, and color, there are other details to dress up its design. One such option is embellishing the ends. Here are some ideas on how this option could work for you.

One of the first things to think about is where the island would be facing, which can help provide some direction with the design.

If the end of the island faces out towards a family room or dining room, a glass cabinet display or shelving for photos or cookbooks can be a nice touch and much more appealing than looking at the side of a cabinet. Additionally, if the island faces near an entertaining area, a bar fridge can make for a great island end cap.

On the flip side, if the island is facing your cooktop, a functional cabinet with space for trays, cutting boards, utensils, and spices can also work really well. Keeping your cooking utensils in close proximity can be very beneficial when working in the kitchen.

blue island with wine storage on end cap

All in all, creating a design element at the end of your island can be a beautiful and functional option. However, there is some give and take when opting for this style.

If you decide to have an end display, you are going to take away some storage from cabinetry in the middle portion of the island.

If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen or if you are contemplating more sweeping changes to your home, you can set up a time with a Normandy Designer to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn about other remodeling projects at an upcoming workshop. Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Instagram and Facebook for even more home remodeling inspiration.


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