15 Dream Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands have long been the hallmark of a serious cook’s kitchen. They don’t just offer extra storage, they offer much needed extra worktop space. In many kitchens, they also offer extra seating, generally in the form of bar seating. If your kitchen has the room, an island can turn it from a decent working space into a real workhorse.

As kitchen islands have become more popular, so have the diverse ways in which they are positioned and used. Nowadays, you can find anything from ovens, farmhouse sinks, microwaves, and even built-in espresso makers in a kitchen island. That’s to say nothing of pop-up appliance garages, trash bins, electrical outlets, and even wine refrigerators. If you can dream it, it can be incorporated into your island.

Islands do take up a lot of valuable kitchen real estate, so it’s important that they function well, and it’s always a bonus if they look great too!

Whether you’re building from scratch, remodeling, or just interested in what to look for as you tour homes you want to buy, it’s a good idea to do some research and find out just what the current looks and trends are for kitchen islands. We’ve compiled some of our favorite kitchen island looks — they’re just what you would hope to find in your dream home!

 

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1 – Full kitchen length

Yes, we could call this one a long island (wink, wink). Full-length kitchen islands fill the entire center of a U-shaped kitchen. This kitchen is a perfect example of how much extra space, storage, and seating can be created with this look. In this case, upper cabinets have been completely eliminated because of the unbelievable amount of storage space offered by a full kitchen length island.

 

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2 – Double island

Sometimes you love your kitchen island so much you just want to clone it! This double-island look is perfect for open plan living, especially for corner or L-shaped kitchens. You simply add a second island where a closed-off one-room kitchen might have a second wall. This way, your living space stays open and the whole family can interact no matter what tasks they may be performing, but you still get the extra storage and workspace an extra wall of cabinets and countertops would offer. It’s a win-win!

 

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3 – T-shaped island

This island is exactly what it sounds like! Rather than a rectangle or square, this island has a peninsula that shoots out of the middle. This is the perfect way to incorporate open bar-height seating, or a traditional breakfast bar, without having to give up any space under the counter on the island itself. It’s also a great choice for square or oddly-shaped kitchens to maximize storage space. Not to mention that this look is simply stunning!

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