A kitchen island is a great way to add work surface, storage, and dining space. Take a look at a few of our favorite kitchen island ideas.
A kitchen island is a good place to add architectural details like decorative brackets.
You can be creative and custom when selecting materials for your island. Wrapped in three slabs of limestone, this island has very clean, modern lines.
A decorative countertop edge adds style and softens the corners of an island.
Not ready to commit to a built-in? Use a freestanding furniture piece as an island. This allows you more flexibility, and the open base has a lighter look than an enclosed model.
Don’t feel obligated to use the same finishes on the island as you use on the cabinets. Here, a bright blue paint and copper countertop highlights the island.
Use modern materials like stainless steel to accent an island with a contemporary edge.
Vintage-inspired materials like beaded board give a new kitchen a sense of history.
For a more versatile workspace, put your island on locking casters.
You can separate your prep area and eating space by terracing your island. When you have help in the kitchen, pull the chairs away for a workspace of a more kid-friendly height.
An antique butcher-block provides additional workspace in the kitchen, which is not large enough for a traditional island.
A simple tripod with casters elevates it to standard counter height and enables it to be moved around easily.
This industrial island is a sleek addition to the colorful kitchen. Brass knobs on the legs of the island compliment the hardware
throughout the kitchen.
Open shelves keep cookbooks handy at one end of the island, while the microwave is housed at the other. The room's size didn't
allow for a freestanding dining table. A lower, custom-built extension of the island in a dark natural wood provides the ideal
Furniture detailing gives the hardworking 5- x 7 1/2-foot island the look of a decorative buffet piece. The designers walled
in an exterior door and shifted the eating area to the island to allow an impressive 285 cubic feet of cabinetry along the
The main working part of the kitchen lines up front to back with twin cabinets capping both island ends and flanking the range.
The large island is framed with a pair of overscale hanging pendants to maintain a sight line between rooms.
Topped with poured concrete, the extra-large island has ample bench seating.
The industrial island offers a utilitarian twist to contrast with the room's old-world style.
This beautiful marble-topped island perfectly complements the kitchen while still being convenient and functional.
A small but efficient island holds refrigerator drawers and a bookcase for cookbooks. Painted deep gray to contrast with the
lighter color of the cabinets and topped with marble, it feels vintage and perhaps even original to the house.
The homeowner kept her family’s frequent entertaining in mind when she designed the kitchen’s footprint, centering the room
around an oversize 10-foot island, which serves as a natural gathering spot and buffet and provides extra seating.
The thick butcher-block top and earth-toned base lend the central island the worn look of an old farm table, distinguishing
it from surrounding off-white cabinetry topped in waxed limestone.
Because the island is the hub of the kitchen, it needs to shine. For a sleek look, the marble countertop was designed with
a waterfall edge—the counter material spills over and goes all the way to the floor. The white-on-white look is finished with
burnished brass hardware and fixtures that, like gold jewelry, add a warm glow.
This handsome kitchen island features dining-table legs creating a casual and warm place for family and friends to gather.
Stools gathered around this large island provide a direct sight line to the lake. The views are mimicked by the color palette
in this nature-inspired kitchen.
Here are a few more things that you might want to consider including in your island design: