Curved islands are rapidly becoming one of the hottest kitchen trends of the year. Kitchen islands themselves have remained popular for years, perhaps even decades. But for 2023, the standard shape of the kitchen island is getting a softer, curvier update.
You’ll often now spot the look in all kinds of configurations in interior design magazines and websites. There’s a huge variety out there, much of it custom-made. You can opt for a kind of half moon, a rectangular island with curved edges or even an asymmetrical kitchen island with a mix of curved and straight edges. It all depends what kind of statement you want to make.
Why go curvy?
The trend for curved islands emerged as kitchen designers aimed to do something different from the linear lines and boxy shapes of ordinary kitchens. And so the curved island was born, along with complementary curved worktops and units. The look is more seamless, flowing and organic. It’s much softer and more natural-feeling than a space full of hard, straight edges.
There may even be a psychological element which makes people prefer a curved edge. According to House Digest:
“Curved sofas, side tables and chairs, light fixtures, and even art pieces make us feel more comfortable than in a space full of straight edges. This is because we instinctively worry when we see sharp corners, and our brains make us avoid them due to a sense of danger.”
You’ll also find lots of rounded shapes and edges in Feng Shui principles.
And of course, there’s a whole host of practical benefits. With a curved worktop edge, you can say goodbye to those painful experiences of bumping into an edge or snagging your clothing on a corner. For families with younger children, curved islands and units are hugely attractive. It saves having to childproof these parts of the kitchen, with limited risk of poked eyes and banged heads.
How to incorporate a curved island into your kitchen
As with any non-standard design element, it can be tricky to effectively incorporate a curved island inton your kitchen plan. The first step will be finding a kitchen supplier that makes them, or getting quotes to have something bespoke made.
Here are some other things to think about:
- Make sure to leave enough space around the island, just like with an ordinary island. It’ll need to sit comfortably within the centre of the room.
- Create a layered look by pairing your curved island with linear elements.
- Work with a professional designer to explore the different shapes which could work within your kitchen.
And of course, it’s absolutely critical to get your kitchen island fitted by a professional. Get in touch with A&J Kitchens to discuss your plans.