Hi, I'm Jennifer Cuff, home editor at Southern Living. When storage and counter space are at a premium in your kitchen. Adding an island can be a great solution. It's also a great way to build in casual dining space. Islands come in all shapes and sizes. Have fun with your choice and let it add personality to your kitchen. Details such as turned legs give your island the look of furniture. Because of its smaller size, an island is the perfect way to add a punch of color. For a modern, less permanent option, choose a rolling butcher block cart. [MUSIC] Both L shaped and U shaped kitchen layouts could easily accommodate the addition of an island. But having enough space is key. Without the proper amount of clearance, an island will actually decrease the efficiency of your kitchen. And leave you with a cramped, overcrowded room. If it's in your budget, take note of your kitchen needs and custom design an island accordingly. This gives you the option to add secondary appliances, a small sink, or extra storage. For more ways to create a beautiful kitchen, Pick up a copy of Southern Living magazine, and visit
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