When planning a new kitchen, a barrier island is often a strong consideration and for good reason. They are a popular feature among home owners and can look great if placed well.
Functionally the large island helps to direct the flow of traffic around the kitchen work space, offering more room to nearby community seating areas. They also make great use of bar stools that are placed on one side of the island, allowing people to sit and chat with the cook as well as providing an extra dining space.
Because of the affected flow of traffic in the area, planning where appliances and doors to other rooms can often be effected. Consideration should be taken when someone enters into the room that the barrier island does not block the appliances, or make it difficult to move around. The island should be utilised as an addition to the space to increase its functionality, not as a feature that is added in as a selling point.