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Stainless steel island: what are its characteristics? (All the advice for the best choice)

Stainless steel island

A stainless steel island is ideal for those looking for a solution that combines elegance and functionality. In this sense, you can design an island  that performs only the function of a worktop or that is capable of becoming the central element around which the entire room in which food is prepared revolves.

From an aesthetic point of view, you can decide to create an island with a polished, satin or brushed finish. All these solutions are perfect in rooms furnished in modern , contemporary and industrial styles.

What are the advantages of a stainless steel island?

Stainless steel kitchen islands offer durability, hygiene and a sophisticated look that enhances any space, large or small. If you are considering installing such an island, it is worth analysing the main advantages of this furnishing element point by point.

– Modern appearance. Stainless steel gives the room a contemporary and professional look. The polished metal surface also brightens up the room and makes it appear larger and more airy.

– Durability. Those who choose to install a stainless steel kitchen often do so to take advantage of the material’s durability. It is no coincidence that steel kitchens are routinely found in restaurants. Steel is practically indestructible and resists shocks, scratches and high temperatures extremely well. It is not damaged even if it comes into contact with acidic or aggressive substances. In addition, it does not rust or corrode.

– High hygiene. Stainless steel can be easily cleaned, is not porous and therefore does not absorb liquids or odours, nor does it favour the development of bacteria. This property makes it ideal in a food preparation area.

– Low maintenance. A stainless steel island requires little maintenance. Simply wipe the top and the different elements of the island with a damp cloth and detergent to keep the surface shiny and to remove surface dirt and stains.

– Versatility. Stainless steel islands adapt to many different furnishing styles. In particular, they are perfect in a modern or industrial context, but can also be suitable in a rustic environment.

– Sustainability. Since stainless steel is 100% recyclable, opting for this material means making an ecological choice, contributing to waste reduction and promoting environmental sustainability.

Stainless steel island

What choices to make for the stainless steel island?

The appearance and organisation of the stainless steel kitchen island depends essentially on the intended use of the island itself and how this element of furniture integrates into the room. Let us understand this better.

In medium to large kitchens, it is a good idea to choose a functional island that includes the hob and sink. This solution is perfect to maximise the efficiency of the kitchen and to give the stainless steel island the role of authentic protagonist.

Alternatively, you can consider installing an island that serves only as a worktop and pantry. This type of solution is ideal in smaller kitchens, as it offers ample space for food preparation and can integrate drawers and cabinets useful for storing utensils, pots and pans and ingredients.

Stainless steel islands are also the perfect space to store appliances such as the oven and dishwasher. Choosing this configuration not only saves space, but also manages to maintain a tidy and modern appearance.

The design of the island can be easily customised to best meet one’s aesthetic tastes. You can opt for an island made entirely of stainless steel or for a model that features elements made of different materials. For example, you can use natural stone tops, if you want to add a touch of elegance and tradition, or wooden elements, if you want to warm up the atmosphere.

Three tips for buying the perfect stainless steel island!

Stainless steel island

The choice of finish to give the steel is one of the most important aspects to consider when designing such an island. Steel can be left polished, it can be satin-finished or it can be brushed, depending on the final effect you want to achieve in the room.

For a good overall result, it is essential to check that there is a good balance between the island and the other parts of the kitchen. From this point of view, the island can be placed inside an all-steel kitchen or combined with wooden modules. In the latter case, an interesting contrast is created, whether the wood has been left in its natural colour or painted in other shades.

When designing a stainless steel island with integrated hob, it is essential to consider a matching hood from the outset. The possible combinations are numerous: you can opt for a steel hood with a minimalist appearance or for a more imposing hood that emphasises the centrality of the island. Those who want an elegant result and want to leave the kitchen as bare as possible can also consider installing a suction hood, to be integrated directly on the hob.

Whatever the aesthetic choice made, it must finally be remembered that a stainless steel island not only improves the functionality and hygiene of the room, but also makes the environment appear more modern and professional.

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