What's the perfect size for a kitchen island? If you asked Gwen Stefani, our guess is she'd say there's no limit. The singer took to Instagram to share a video of setting up for her fabulous Thanksgiving dinner party, featuring glimpses of her larger-than-life kitchen island. Though Thanksgiving has come and gone, we haven't stopped thinking about that kitchen island. It's brilliant for providing seating, storage, and an ultra-chic look in her kitchen.
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The most striking element of Gwen Stefani's kitchen decor by far is her supersized kitchen island. Experts say that the extra-large construction of Gwen Stefani's island is genius. Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens states, 'I'm a huge fan of a massive kitchen island.'
Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.
She continues, 'This type of design allows your kitchen island to be multi-functional. First, it's a game-changer for kitchen storage. With an extra large kitchen island, you have extra room for cabinets under the island, creating invisible storage perfect for pots, pans, and dishes. Second, it provides additional kitchen seating. This is especially nice if you have a large family, barstools against the kitchen island can create a super functional breakfast bar.'
'Finally,' Jennifer adds, 'A large kitchen island adds a cool and unexpected avant-garde touch to your kitchen. Switching up the proportions is a great way to create a surprising and stylish look.'
Aside from the sheer size of Gwen's kitchen island, its marble top makes it one of the most eye-catching features in her space. David Birkes, a design-build contractor at Birkes Builders, states: 'Marble islands are a transformative element in kitchen spaces, serving as an opulent focal point that bridges utility with artistry. The natural veining and the light-reflecting properties of marble amplify the sense of space, adding an airy sophistication.'
David Birkes has been a design-build contractor for over a decade, focusing on high-end residential remodeling in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. His construction firm, Birkes Builders, has consistently delivered spaces that blend luxury and
functionality, making us a staple in the local industry.
He continues, 'When paired with the warm hues and intricate patterns of hardwood floors, there's a harmonious blend of elegance and comfort. This pairing plays on contrast – the cool, smoothness of marble stands out against the textured, organic feel of the wood, creating a multi-layered aesthetic.' When designing a kitchen island, it's important to keep in mind how much the material can impact the look of the space.
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I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.
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