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.
Functioning as both a kitchen island and as a breakfast nook, the design up above is truly unique.
Capable of pulling double duty as a kitchen table, the island in this kitchen serves as a focal point for the entire room.
7. Double Island
In this kitchen, one of the islands can function as a food prep area while the other provides a space around which guests can gather.
As the primary place for food prep, the island in this stunning kitchen contains a number of appliances and offers ample space for storage.
9. Conversation Starter
With sweeping legs underneath, this amazing kitchen island would absolutely be a conversation starter with guests.
Smart furniture choices ensure that this stand-out kitchen island is elegantly balanced with the other design elements of the kitchen.
From the tile on top to the ornate work on the cabinets, this amazing kitchen island is absolutely unimpeachable.
The modern look of this simply designed kitchen is completed by the gigantic kitchen island that forms its center.
With three small lights hanging overhead, this kitchen island is an incredibly inviting place to sit and enjoy snack or drink.
Although on the smaller side, the seating afforded by the kitchen island here makes the space seem larger than it really is.
The inventive pattern on the cabinets of this kitchen island makes the island appear as if it is a work of art.
The rounded edge of the countertop on this kitchen island complements the detail above the range behind it.
Those who prize an industrial look for their kitchens will find a lot to like about the island they see here.
The shelves in this kitchen island provide plenty of space for storing cookbooks or even cookware and appliances.
With a small round table standing out from the end of this kitchen island, the overall design of the room is incredibly modern and functional.
Here, the kitchen island breaks the design aesthetic of the cabinetry, but balances out the room by matching the countertops.
The monolithic quality of this black marble kitchen island will tickle the design fancy of even the most discerning modernist.
22. Two Tone
Here, the wood and marble of the kitchen island creates a dramatic effect that mirrors the two-tone ceiling and cabinetry.
With two kitchen islands standing opposite one another, the overall design of this kitchen promotes engagement between hosts and guests.
The understated quality of the dark kitchen island in this modern kitchen allows the architecture of the room itself to shine through.
25. Light and Dark
The light and dark color scheme of the cabinetry on this kitchen island, as well as on the cabinets of the room, divides spaces for work and for play.
26. The Master
Large and elegant, this kitchen island functions equally well as a place to host a refined meal and a place to cook that refined meal.