Need some fresh inspiration for a new kitchen island? Or are you renovating the kitchen, but don’t know where to start? There are so many creative kitchen island styles out there. Choose from any of these great island ideas and you’ll be on your way to having that dream kitchen in no time.

1. Oversized Island

You can keep the kitchen’s simple look while adding a lot of function. Using a large sized island lets you have a lot more counter space, ideal for prepping meals or creating a dining space. Huge kitchen islands are making their way into homes everywhere and are very useful for entertaining guests. The large kitchen island can be made of the same material and color as the rest of your kitchen furniture and equipment. On the other hand, you can experiment with contrasting styles. A large-sized island counter-top is bound to look stunning in any material or color.

2. Creative Seating Options

If you want the kitchen island to serve as a dining or sitting area as well, you can easily add chairs to the design. It’s best to add seating when your island has a counter overhang feature, so the chairs can be tucked underneath. This will save you a lot of space in the kitchen. Adding an assortment of chairs and stools can set a charming tone to your kitchen area. If your kitchen island is too plain, make it into a fun and quirky space by including a variety of seating styles.

3. Add Appliances

There are a range of appliances you can incorporate into the kitchen island. They include sinks, stove-tops, dishwashers or ovens. Installing any of these appliances in the island is a great way to make more space. This idea also lets you spread out the flow of work throughout the entire kitchen, rather than having all handy appliances cramped up in one place. For installation of certain appliances, you need to keep in mind factors regarding ventilation, plumbing, and creating extra space within the island cabinets.

4. Multi-level Island

Multi-level islands are a very practical addition to the kitchen. To get the multi-level look you can use as many levels as you prefer, but just make sure not to overdo it. The best multi-level style can be achieved by a split-level island that uses one level for cleaning and cooking, and a higher level for dining. This allows the messy cooking area to be separate from the serving or eating area. The higher level looks great as a bar height counter-top paired with bar stools.

5. Create Storage Space

There are so many possibilities for using your kitchen island as a storage unit. The island not only adds more counter space, it can increase storage capacity in the entire kitchen too. You can use just about any type of storage elements such as cupboards, drawers and shelves. Some unique items can be showcased in the shelves, or you can create a pullout basket storage. The storage space also looks great when used as a bookshelf. You can also create easy access to your dishes by storing them in open shelves.

6. Add Hanging Shelves

The space above the island counter can be utilized well by installing a suspended storage system. Hanging shelves make a great addition to any kitchen and they look especially great above island areas. You can display pots and pans or unique decoration pieces on the shelving. Instead of suspended shelves, the hanging storage can be a hanging pot rack or glass racks. These kinds of shelves are made specifically for your items to create a pleasant, organized display.

7. Add Bar Stools

You can create any type of look with bar stools, ranging from modern chic, to rustic, to retro. A retro kitchen uses diner-like stools while a rustic kitchen uses wood style bar stools. You don’t have to go all out; a few minimal design bar stools also look great with an island. Kitchen Bar stools can be added to any kind of island style whether its multi-level, single level, over-sized, or small and thin. The trendy bar stool look can provide an amazing finish to your entire kitchen.

8. Waterfall Design

The waterfall island design is found quite commonly in homes and has become highly popular. The waterfall edge has a bench-top surface with the sides cascading down one side or both sides. The design is relatively more affordable than others and has much better practical application. The waterfall island not only looks very elegant in the kitchen, it makes a great space for stools or chairs too. Waterfall islands are used widely because of their practicality, but also give a simplistic and chic vibe to the kitchen.

9.Mix Marble and Metal

A mix of different materials always creates a fun and unique space in the home. Marble and metal fit very nicely together no matter what type of metal or marble you use. You can pair white marble with gold or silver, or you can pair black marble with rust. Gray marble counter-tops also go great with metal materials. The possibilities are endless, and the result is sure to look spectacular. Metal and marble both add a beautiful finish to the kitchen elements.

10. Black and White

Black and white is a universally loved color combination and can be used in almost any room in the home. A black and white kitchen is a great option if you’re going for a modern and retro mixed vibe. The two contrasting colors can be implemented in your kitchen island within the counter-top, base, cupboard, drawer, or chair colors. To pair black and white a variety of materials can be used such as white or black marble, white and black wood, and white and black fabric chairs. There are a lot of combinations you can use to create a black and white kitchen island.

11. Add Lighting

There are so many fun and innovative options for home lighting. From chandeliers to lanterns, you can use lighting to brighten and liven up the kitchen. Using the space above the island is a clever idea since it can put the empty space to use while adding extra light in the kitchen. A luxurious chandelier hung over an over-sized kitchen island provides an amazing elegant feel. You can also hang pendant lights, crystal chandeliers, glass lanterns, metal lanterns or even some unique and funky lighting pieces.

12. Double Sink Island

A double sink island is a great idea for kitchens in need of more functionality. You can use both sinks simultaneously for different purposes, making work in the kitchen much easier and quicker. A double sink can be added to any type of kitchen island given that it’s big enough to fit the size of the sinks. You must make sure that with the addition of sinks, enough space remains on the counter for other purposes. A double sink island looks modern and stylish and adds more function to your kitchen.

13. Long Island

A long and narrow kitchen island can be implemented where there is a lot of room to work with. A very large kitchen could really benefit from a long island since it uses the extra space wisely. There are so many style and décor options you can add with a long kitchen island. The best choice to utilize the long island is to add a row of bar stools or chairs along one end. You can also add beautiful décor pieces on the counter-top or use the top as a display of crockery.

14. Add Beams

You can add beams to all sides of your kitchen island, or you can add them on one side or two. Either way, beams can make a great addition to the kitchen and give an old-fashioned or rustic feel. It depends on the type of beams used, however. You can create a luxurious and chic feel with rounded metal beams or keep it minimalist by adding black or white painted beams. Beams are a wonderful choice for giving a unique and personalized touch.

15. Wooden Countertops

Butcher block counter-tops have been gaining a lot of popularity and can be seen in all types of kitchens. Wood can be paired with just about any other material and gives off a subtle and natural look. A butcher block island with four exposed beams can be used to create a rustic and warm feel to the kitchen. Wooden materials instantly give the room a more homey and welcoming appearance, so if you’re going for this look, a wood counter-top island would work spectacularly.

16. Color Statements

There are so many colors you can apply within the kitchen to make a statement. While the rest of the kitchen remains simple and dull, you can brighten up the room with a colored island. A bright colored counter-top can help achieve a bold look in the kitchen and you can pair it with white and gold elements. Another option can be to use blue cabinets in the island, while having a marble counter-top. There are a lot of possibilities to implements pops of color in the kitchen island.

17. Vaulted Ceiling

An island kitchen works wonderfully with a vaulted ceiling. If you already have a vaulted ceiling in place, or are planning to build one in the kitchen, an island is a must. Along with the vaulted ceiling, wood elements look great and add a modern and spacious feel to the kitchen. Long hanging lanterns, chandeliers, or other lighting pieces will go perfectly with the kitchen island and vaulted ceiling. If you’re going for a modern farmhouse look, this is a great way to implement it.

18. Range Hoods

Range hoods are an excellent way to add more functionality to the kitchen island. They provide the kitchen with ventilation along with giving it a cool industrial feel. You don’t necessarily have to make a range hood look boring or simple. You can choose from a variety of range hood options and build your kitchen island look around it. If you’re going for practical elements in the kitchen along with a modern stylish look, adding a range hood to your island is the perfect option.

19. Sunken Sink

Instead of having a sink protruding from the kitchen island and creating a bulky effect, you can add a sunken sink design. This increases the amount of counter space you’ll have to work with, and the sunken sink looks incredibly modern and sleek. You can combine a sunken sink with other appliances within your island to make a well-functioning kitchen island. A sunken sink island is a great addition for kitchen’s centered around modern and sleek designs.

20. Re-purposed Furniture Island

Re-purposing furniture not only saves money, it can turn out to be a great craft. You can re-purpose a few different kinds of furniture and create a kitchen island from them. Some interesting examples are a sofa table, cabinet, or a bar height dining table. Either one would look amazing in the kitchen when paired with all the other design elements. You can re-paint the old pieces of furniture or use them as they are for a rustic vibe.

21. Wheel Island

A wheel island is a superb idea for transforming your kitchen into a fun and practical space. Adding wheels to your kitchen island can be very useful if you need mobility within the kitchen. Any table island can be upgraded to a wheel island without a lot of extra effort or money. The wheel island can make your kitchen space more flexible and can give off an uplifting vibe. Be sure to have a locking mechanism in your wheels, though. You don’t want the island to go rolling when it’s least expected.

22. Counter-top Shapes

An island doesn’t necessarily have to be the standard square or rectangle shape. You can experiment with different shapes and create a kitchen island that truly stands out. Different shapes can be implemented within different levels of the island. So, you can combine shapes and levels to create a whole new look. Rounded counter-tops are becoming popular nowadays. They provide a smooth and natural finish to the kitchen island and can be mixed with square and rectangle shapes.

23. Perimeter Island

A perimeter island works really well in open layouts. The perimeter shape helps to define the kitchen space and create a solid frame of the area. Perimeter islands can be made of any material and you can use just about any décor and furniture items with them. If you’re looking to give your kitchen a solid frame but want to keep the open feeling, a perimeter island will be great for you.

24. Drop Leaf Island

A drop leaf island uses space wisely since it has an extra counter that can be opened and closed. The counter can be popped out when more space is needed and then dropped back down when you need to move around the kitchen. This type of island can save a lot of space in a small kitchen. So, for those small kitchens that need space-saving elements, a drop leaf island is the way to go.

25. Floating Ledge

An island can be connected to a wall or another piece of furniture in the kitchen. This is also a great option if you need to save space in the kitchen. The floating ledge creates an open and natural vibe in the kitchen since you don’t use any support or beams under the ledge. For a modern and elegant touch, you can add a floating ledge kitchen island.

26. Double Islands

Who said you can only have one kitchen island? If you need to utilize the space in a large kitchen or an open kitchen layout, adding two islands is a smart choice. You can use both islands for different purposes, for example, one can be a dining area while the other serves as a cooking space. There are a lot of possibilities with this choice and you can add chairs, lighting, or bright colors to your liking.

27. Breakfast Bar

A breakfast bar island is a highly practical design that you can use in the kitchen. A breakfast bar has considerable height as compared to other island styles and uses high bar stools as well. If you plan to use the kitchen for prepping meals and serving them right at the counter, a breakfast bar kitchen island would be an amazing fit.

28. Chicken Wire Cabinets

Chicken wire cabinet faces add some unique rustic vibes to the kitchen. You can add chicken wire to your island cabinets and around the entire kitchen to match. This style provides the kitchen with a beautiful farmhouse look. The mesh design of the chicken wires is also practical since you can store items behind it while still having them in sight for easy access.  

29. Colorful Chairs

An easy and creative way to brighten up the kitchen is to create an island with colorful chairs or stools. This way, you can incorporate just about any color into the kitchen. Bright colored chairs or stools can add fun and personality to the kitchen, especially if the rest of the room is neutral and plain. Create a pop of color or add subtle and toned-down colors to your island, either way the colored chairs will look great.

30. Dining Table Function

The kitchen island can easily double as a dining table if it’s large enough. Dining chairs can be added to a large kitchen island to form a fun and practical eating area. The dining table kitchen island can serve as a great socializing place as well, since one can cook and entertain guests at the same time. It doesn’t matter what your purpose is, if you’re simply looking for a personalized and attractive touch to the kitchen you should opt for the dining table island.

We’ve seen such beautiful and versatile designs for kitchen islands. Depending on your requirements, one of these is sure to be a perfect fit.

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