Stylish & Functional Kitchen Islands
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.
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 solution.
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 two walls.
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.
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.
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:
- Avoid draping cords across walkways by installing electrical outlets in your island.
- A built-in wine chiller is a convenient feature for entertaining.
- Install a microwave underneath the island surface.
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A weathered pine table is topped with marble and functions as an island to give the kitchen a strong center point that both visually grounds the all-white room while also standing up to the wear-and-tear of a busy household.