No matter what kind of kitchen you’re talking about, there’s one design element that’s always going to improve the form and function of a space: a center island. When you include an island as part of your kitchen’s design, you’re simultaneously extending the available space for both work and entertaining, all while including an element that can beautify the space.
In the 15 examples that follow, we’re going to take a look at 15 gorgeous kitchen islands. From those that subtly accentuate the overall design of the spaces that they occupy to those that make bold aesthetic statements, we’ve got everything covered. We’ve even included a few surprises that just might inspire you to do something totally original for a kitchen island of your own. Let’s take a look…
1. Two Purposes
This kitchen island does a great job of pulling double duty. There’s an elevated wooden surface for guests to gather around, and there’s bare countertop for workspace.
2. Making a Bold Statement
The exterior parts of this kitchen adopt a classic and conservative look, while the center island, with bold wood hues and color, makes an eye-catching statement.
3. The Wood Countertop
In a kitchen that features marble countertops for the main working areas, a wood countertop on the center island can be just the thing to add needed spark to the design.
4. Squaring the Circle
Note how the countertop for this gorgeous kitchen island features square edges, which are in contrast to the countertops above and below the cabinets.
5. A Soothing Blue
The dark and eye-catching blue of the center island in this kitchen helps to create an inviting sense that’s sure to appeal to guest during periods of entertaining.
6. Something Completely Different
Want to include a breakfast nook as part of your kitchen’s design? Has it ever occurred to you that you might build that nook into your kitchen’s center island?
7. Wood and Stone
Contrasting materials is a great way to add visual spark to a kitchen design. Note how the stained wood of the center island is the perfect contrast to the tile wall behind the cabinetry.
8. Creating a Coastal Look
Everyone loves an all-white kitchen. Note how using the slatted-door cabinets in the center island imbues this all-white kitchen with a coastal vibe that’s simply infectious.
9. The Butcher’s Block
When you want a look for your kitchen island that’s purely classic, you can’t do much better than a butcher’s block countertop.
10. Detailing… Down Below!
In a more spacious kitchen, don’t just think about the cabinets and countertop of your center island when it comes to design. Think about the baseboards, too!
11. Big and Square
With a big and square center island like this, you have a lot of options. The inclusion of bookshelves for cookbooks, we think, is a great choice.
12. Framing and Flexibility
With a rack for pots and pans hanging overhead, the center island really helps to define the kitchen within this open-concept space. The inclusion of a floating island to the side is just smart.
13. The Dual Island Effect
If you really want a kitchen that’s conducive to entertaining while the cook is at work, then the dual island might be the perfect choice for you.
14. Two Sides for Seating
Another thing you might consider if you want a kitchen that’s good for entertaining is a center island like this, which features room for seating along two sides.
15. Thinking Outside the Box
There’s more that you can do with a kitchen island than many people realize. Just check out the floating cabinets here, which really create a unique look for this luxury kitchen space.