There are many different ways you can approach this decision, and since an island takes up a significant amount of floor space it’s worth it to take time to make every element of its design intentional.
Find a space where a simple butcher block ledge can serve as a kitchen island. If a ledge isn’t possible, create an enclosure with a minimalist island design. Take inspiration from these two kitchens:
Just as people often get a little anxious about choosing the right paint color for walls, expect to spend some time debating your color choice. Think of the design elements in your kitchen that you love — it’s easy to coordinate cabinets with something you already own.
Recycle an old or vintage cabinet as an island. Look for ones that have plenty of shelving, drawers or other storage options. The one in the image above was once a clothing store display cabinet.
We’ve tried to keep things modern. These kitchens are not necessarily futuristic, but you will notice some innovative ideas. Some of the tables and chairs have interesting shapes that are perfectly integrated in the rest of the design. And some examples showcase paintings or other decorative items.
Create contrast by using a different material or color for the island counters than you did in the rest of the room. If your regular countertops are white quartz, try black or a dark stained wood for the island.
Think about what kind of design (whether custom or prefabricated) is going to provide the most utility by asking the following questions: What will it be used for the most? What particular features will enhance the existing kitchen? What does the space need? If the room lacks cabinet space, you’ll...
There are many different ways you can approach this decision, and since an island takes up a significant amount of floor space it’s worth it to take time to make every element of its design intentional....
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