Designing a stunning stone island for your open plan kitchen

PUBLISHED: 15:22 24 January 2020 | UPDATED: 15:22 24 January 2020

A breakfast bar gives friends and family somewhere to perch to chat or grab a bite to eat.  Product: Bianco Lasa quartzite. Picture: stoneCIRCLE

A breakfast bar gives friends and family somewhere to perch to chat or grab a bite to eat. Product: Bianco Lasa quartzite. Picture: stoneCIRCLE

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Eager to get his top design tips to help you create the home of your dreams, we spoke to Steve Vanhinsbergh, director of stoneCIRCLE - the largest stonemasonry company in southern England. He reveals the secret to designing the ideal kitchen island.

An inset hob allows you to cook and socialise at the same time. Product: Silestone Blanco Orion quartz.  Picture:  CosentinoAn inset hob allows you to cook and socialise at the same time. Product: Silestone Blanco Orion quartz. Picture: Cosentino

Put your passion and love for food at the heart of your design

As the heart of the home, your kitchen is a hub of activity. It's where the family eats, where you entertain your guests and where you cook and prepare your food every day.

Dark granite and white quartz are combined in this striking island with lower height dining area.  Product: Sensa Black Beauty granite and Silestone Blanco Zeus Extreme Quartz.  Picture: CosentinoDark granite and white quartz are combined in this striking island with lower height dining area. Product: Sensa Black Beauty granite and Silestone Blanco Zeus Extreme Quartz. Picture: Cosentino

"People want more from their kitchen than a purely functional space. They want an area that's built for socialising, will impress their friends and somewhere comfortable for the family to get together," Steve said.

"We're focusing more on what we eat, and healthy cooking is a central feature of modern life. You need a space that reflects this and celebrates it."

Incorporating a hob into the island means you can cook facing your guests, rather than having your back to them, allowing you to socialise at the same time. A breakfast bar provides a handy space for family and friends to perch, chat and eat.

Raising the bar for kitchen design

"The latest trend is to drop the height of part of the island and create a comfortable dining area, rather than having a separate table, whilst leaving the food preparation counters high enough to stand comfortably," Steve explained.

"Mobile charging stations and sockets can also be built into the worktop."

Equip yourself with the best materials for the job

Granite and quartz are the best types of stone for kitchen worktops, as they are tough and durable.

"For mixed use islands, countertops in a contrasting coloured stone or wood can be an attractive way to ring the changes, mark out the different areas, and render the island unique," Steve said

A cut above the rest

stoneCIRCLE use centuries-old craftsmanship and the latest stone cutting technology to create countertops fitted to your specifications and personalised to your tastes.

The team can help add personality to your home and create impressive natural stone worktops that will bring your open plan kitchen to life.

Call 01256 850380 or email sales@stone-circle.com to start designing your dream kitchen. Visit stone-circle.com for more information, to ask for a quote and discover design ideas to help you create a beautiful open plan living space.

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