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Functional, Stylish Kitchen Islands
The island is a key design element in today's open kitchen floor plan, which is why you want to carefully choose all the components you'll need to create a functional, yet gorgeous kitchen. You want to make sure that your kitchen will be a clear expression of your taste and design preferences and blend well with adjoining rooms and your home's overall architectural style.

The first decision you'll need to make about your kitchen is how you want it to look and function.
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Top Your Kitchen Island
With A Custom Countertop
When it comes to kitchen countertops, it's hard to beat the beauty and durability of natural stones like granite, marble, limestone, slate and soapstone. But today they're not the only option when it comes to creating a luxurious, custom design. Today there's a big trend towards solid surfaces and environmentally green products, which offer durability and beauty.

As you investigate your natural stone options, consider functionality first, then decide if you want a stone that will look brand new 10 years from now or one that will take on the patina of age?
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Coastal Inspired

Effortless Beauty

A coastal-inspired kitchen with maple cabinetry in bright Dove White with Cocoa Glaze is the heart of this home designed with KraftMaid® Cabinetry. It offers the perfect place for the family to cook, congregate and relax.

One of the most popular choices among homeowners and designers for solid surfaces is the Corian® Private Collection, which lets you capture the dramatic or subtle qualities of natural stone to create a unique, luxurious design.

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Green Living Tips
Before you choose your light fixtures, take advantage of natural light by designing your kitchen with lots of ENERGY STAR® windows. A good way to cut down on energy costs is to place workstations like your prep and cleaning areas and cooking islands underneath or near windows.

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