These days, with open concepts being the norm, a kitchen without an island can hardly considered to be a kitchen at all. It’s just one of those things that homeowners expect in their kitchens, and they’ll do anything to get one for theirs – if they don’t already have one already, of course!
There’s so much you can do with a kitchen island, though, and this is a thing that many people forget when they’re remodeling their kitchens. You don’t simply need to make an island that copies the countertops and cabinets around it. Rather, your kitchen island can truly be an island, reflecting a design aesthetic that contrasts with (but also complements) the kitchen that surrounds it.
What does this all mean? Well, we’re going to show you. We’ve collected 26 stunning kitchen island designs that demonstrate exactly how you can do just about anything when redesigning and remodeling your kitchen. Some of these kitchen islands create subtle contrast, while others make bold choices, doing things that you may not have realized a kitchen island can do! So, come take a look. You won’t regret it.
With a granite countertop standing out against the dark color of the cabinets, this kitchen island offers a classic look.
The dark wood of this kitchen island, which can also function as a bar, creates a nice contrast with the white cabinets.
3. Yin and Yang
The island in this truly stunning kitchen inverts the color scheme of the cabinets and countertops.
The terraced setup of this kitchen island allows it to pull double duty as a food prep area and as an eating area / bar.