With the way people like to cook these days, it seems like home kitchens are just getting bigger and bigger. While that’s all well and good for people who have spacious enough homes to allow for such a thing, not all of us are so blessed! Some of us, whether we want to or not, are stuck with small kitchens!
Here’s the thing, though: Just because your kitchen is small, that doesn’t mean you can’t have the features of those larger kitchens you keep seeing pictures of. Specifically, it doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate an island into your small kitchen’s design!
As you’ll see while looking at the small kitchens on this list, islands can work wonders! Of course, you’re going to see plenty of built-in islands, just like the ones you’ve likely had your eyes on. On this list, pay attention to the number of small kitchens that make use of the floating island! In many cases, having an island in your small kitchen that can easily relocated is the best course of action!
In either case, don’t get green with envy thinking about all those huge kitchens you see elsewhere. With smart design, your small kitchen can be bigger in terms of aesthetics and functionality than the biggest kitchens there are!
In this small kitchen design, visual interest is added by making the center island light blue in contrast to the white cabinets.
With barstools at the island, this small kitchen design is as attractive as it is comfortable and cozy.
By adding an elevated counter space at the island, this small kitchen design adds increased functionality.
Antiqued surfaces really help this small kitchen island in terms of adding an overall sense of charm to the space.
By going black, the center island in this small kitchen adds a much-needed sense of boldness to the more conservative choices made elsewhere.
6. Dark Counters
The dark counters in this small kitchen design with island really help to add a sense of dimension to the space.
Here the rustic design of this simple and small kitchen is given some modern flair thanks to the center island.
8. Totally Cool
Inside of an open-concept space, this small kitchen with island design does something exceptional – adding a bench as an offshoot.
By not having any wall cabinets, this small kitchen with island design manages to maintain a sense of openness, which is extended by the back door.
If you’re going to incorporate an island into your small kitchen design, consider ways in which you can add a level of functionality to it.
With a freestanding island in a small kitchen design, you always have the option of adjusting the ways in which the space flows.
12. Line Kitchen
When you have a line kitchen in an open concept space, adding an island that doubles as a sit-at counter can really do the trick.
You have to appreciate the unique way in which an island has been incorporated into this small kitchen design.
Even though your kitchen may be small, you can make it larger than life by making smart use of color and contrast.
15. Ample Seating
By adding an island to complement to breakfast nook, this small kitchen design has ample seating for entertaining.
Here’s another small kitchen design example that proves a floating island can really help in terms of managing the space.
Against the dark stain of the wood cabinets, the dark granite countertops work exceptionally well in this small kitchen with island design.
One has to appreciate the architectural beauty of the island and ceiling in this wonderful and cheerful small kitchen design.
When incorporating a small kitchen with island into an open-concept space, make sure you’re making style choices that differentiate the kitchen area.
20. Dark Center
The dark center island in this white small kitchen design works exceptionally well, don’t you think?
21. What’s Given
Here, you can see a charming and wooden small kitchen with island design that makes excellent use of the space given.
The white island with wood countertop is a standout choice for this small kitchen design with dark walls and concrete floor.
23. On an Angle
By placing the island at an angle, this small rustic kitchen design manages to preserve floor space in this open-concept living area.
24. A Beauty
There’s no denying that this small contemporary kitchen design with island is an absolute beauty.
25. Red Beauty
This red floating island with slatted bottom is a perfect, beautiful choice for this small kitchen.
26. Craftsman Vibe
Here you can see an absolutely charming small kitchen with island that adopts a decidedly Craftsman vibe.
27. Closed Kitchen
Even within a small closed kitchen design, an angled center island can work incredibly well.
28. Exposed Storage
By using the shelves you see at right, this small kitchen design with center island achieves a high level of visual interest.
29. Open Bottom
With an open bottom, the center island in this kitchen manages to preserve the sense of space in this small line kitchen design.
30. Blue and White
With a small space, you want to create a sense of brightness. Check out how this small kitchen design accomplishes this with a white and light blue color palate.
31. Hang Out
You’ve got to love the beauty and functionality of the towel hanger on this small kitchen’s center island.
32. Small Luxury
Though small, this small L-shaped kitchen design with island manages to achieve a luxurious look and feel.
33. Storage Is Best
In a small kitchen with island design, the more storage you can add the better. Check out the island here.
Not only is the floating metal island in this small kitchen design attractive; it is also highly functional. Imagine prepping there!
Here’s an example of a small kitchen island that adds incredible functionality to increase the overall efficiency of the space.
36. So Elegant
The white cabinets with dark countertops, complemented by the all white island, add a sense of elegance to this small kitchen design.
37. Neat Color
Check out how this small kitchen with island design makes some subtle color choices that really pay off.
Although dark, there’s a certain brightness to the cherry stain on the cabinets of this small kitchen design.
If you really want a stunning look for your small kitchen with island design, consider using wood with interesting grain, like you see here.
40. Switch It Up
When it comes to making an island that works for your small kitchen, consider thinking outside of the box!
41. Roll Around
A roll around island is another thing you can use in a small kitchen in order to achieve beauty and functionality.
42. Contemporary Lines
One has to appreciate the geometric beauty of the contemporary lines in this small kitchen with island design.
43. So Much Charm
A simple and functional freestanding island like the one you see here can add so much charm to your small kitchen design.
Just because you’re working with a small space, that doesn’t mean you can make unique choices. Check out the island countertops here.
When working with a small kitchen design, always think about what you can do with the space vertically. High cabinets are your friends.
46. Wrought Iron
With a wrought iron chandelier hanging over the center island, this small kitchen design has a wonderful rustic vibe.
47. Meals on Wheels
In an open concept living space, you can use a roll-around island like this one to offer service to guests.
48. Wood and White
We love how the wood of the center island stands out against the white cabinets in this small open-concept kitchen design.
49. Welcome to Space
Here you can see an example of a small kitchen with island design that has adopted a decidedly Space Age look.
50. Just Enough
With high ceilings like you see here, this small kitchen with island design does just enough to fill things out.
51. Find Your Style
Given that you won’t be working with as much space, you have even more opportunity to find your style with small kitchen designs!