15 Dream Kitchen Islands

 

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4 – Contrast wood

Sometimes a kitchen island offers a great chance to add new textures or tones to your kitchen. This particular island does that beautifully. The white cabinets on the outer walls of the kitchen are contrasted with the rich grayish wood of the island to create a contrast that makes the island’s seating area seem even more cozy and inviting.

 

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5 – Square island

Yes, it really is hip to be square. This eye-catching island shape works to create lots of extra storage and work space. Ideal for anyone who bakes, makes candy, or puts up lots of preserves, this wide-open stretch of extra countertop space is really only possible with this unique island shape. This clever design has included cabinets even on the posts and under the seating area. This is how you maximize your storage space!

 

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6 – Butcher block

If you’ve dreamt of having butcher block countertops but have been concerned that they won’t work well for your whole kitchen, your kitchen island can help you get the best of both worlds. When you create a butcher block countertop on your island but use hard surfaces like marble or granite on your other countertops, you create specialized work zones that can help make your time in the kitchen more efficient.

 

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7 – Furniture-look island

If you feel like the built-in cabinet look of most kitchen islands makes them feel too matchy-matchy or worry that your kitchen will seem too cookie-cutter, consider a kitchen island that looks more like a piece of furniture. These islands are often available at a fraction of the cost of traditional built-in islands, and come in a wide variety of sizes. They can offer the extra workspace you need while giving an interesting contrast to your other cabinetry.

 

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8 – Mini

You may think you need an enormous kitchen with lots of extra space to house an island, but you can actually have the looks and convenience of an island in a standard sized kitchen with a mini-island. We call them mini, but that doesn’t mean they’re small! These islands offer extra work space and functionality without requiring a lot of extra real estate.

 

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9 – High contrast

Trend alert! This look is a favorite with kitchen designers, but it’s easily accessible for any homeowner with a paint brush and a bit of a flair for the dramatic. Simply take your kitchen island and paint it in a color that contrasts highly with the rest of your kitchen cabinetry for a look that will fill the neighbors’ hearts with envy. Here a bright blue-teal is used to fabulously brighten and add character to this lovely white cabinet filled kitchen. Note how the restrained palette in the rest of the room, including the stainless steel appliances, help set off the beautiful blue centerpiece that is this high-contrast island.

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