Kitchen Island Design Ideas

Kitchen islands provide space for food prep, informal seating and storage. Islands can also be a location for appliances or a sink. To accommodate an island, the kitchen should have a dedicated space that is at least 8-by-12 feet, including a minimum aisle width of 36 inches surrounding the island.

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  • New cabinetry, appliances, fixtures, quartz counter surfaces and pre-finished maple wood floors update the look and functionality of this kitchen.
    New cabinetry, appliances, fixtures, quartz counter surfaces and pre-finished maple wood floors update the look and functionality of this kitchen.
  • This remodeled kitchen features two islands, a home office, a beverage area and new commercial grade appliances.
    This remodeled kitchen features two islands, a home office, a beverage area and new commercial grade appliances.
  • Three decorative pendant lights over the large island add interest to this elegant kitchen. The white globes suspended from dark metal rods become an architectural element in the design of the room. Recessed lights and undercabinet lights are used to illuminate task areas.
    Three decorative pendant lights over the large island add interest to this elegant kitchen. The white globes suspended from dark metal rods become an architectural element in the design of the room. Recessed lights and undercabinet lights are used to illuminate task areas.
  • This kitchen blends modern elements, such as the built-in refrigerator, with an “Old World” feel established by a custom wood painted range hood and multi-piece crown molding on top of cabinets. The bold, contrasting island adds extra character, and functionality, to this space.
    This kitchen blends modern elements, such as the built-in refrigerator, with an “Old World” feel established by a custom wood painted range hood and multi-piece crown molding on top of cabinets. The bold, contrasting island adds extra character, and functionality, to this space.
  • The new design of the kitchen includes a large central island to provide space for food prep, cooking, storage and the capacity to seat four to six people. An induction glass cooktop with a chimney-style vent hood was installed over the island.
    The new design of the kitchen includes a large central island to provide space for food prep, cooking, storage and the capacity to seat four to six people. An induction glass cooktop with a chimney-style vent hood was installed over the island.
  • This design created efficient work areas in the kitchen. The sink on the island is conveniently located across from the gas range and microwave oven. The counter surfaces on the perimeter and island provide adequate space for food prep and baking.
    This design created efficient work areas in the kitchen. The sink on the island is conveniently located across from the gas range and microwave oven. The counter surfaces on the perimeter and island provide adequate space for food prep and baking.
  • The wall of windows in this kitchen provides a view from any angle. The breakfast bar gives those seated an optimal view of the home's lovely garden and woods. Two people can easily cook in this space with two separate sinks, two cooktops and two dishwashers in this dual-fuel kitchen. If the view through the windows isn't enough, look up at the remarkable tin ceiling. The numerous coats of paint on the tin ceiling make it look as if it were original to the home.
    The wall of windows in this kitchen provides a view from any angle. The breakfast bar gives those seated an optimal view of the home's lovely garden and woods. Two people can easily cook in this space with two separate sinks, two cooktops and two dishwashers in this dual-fuel kitchen. If the view through the windows isn't enough, look up at the remarkable tin ceiling. The numerous coats of paint on the tin ceiling make it look as if it were original to the home.
  • This farmhouse-inspired kitchen includes an apron sink, a beadboard ceiling and a subway-style tile backsplash. A large granite island seats three. The cabinets do not have a soffit and can be used to display items such as plates, bowls, pottery or baskets.
    This farmhouse-inspired kitchen includes an apron sink, a beadboard ceiling and a subway-style tile backsplash. A large granite island seats three. The cabinets do not have a soffit and can be used to display items such as plates, bowls, pottery or baskets.
  • The stylish cabinetry in this kitchen has a chocolate glaze finish with distressed drawers and doors. A two-tiered island provides an area for food prep and seating for four. Other features in the kitchen include two sinks (one in the island), a wall cabinet with glass doors that displays china over a peninsula open to a family room. The peninsula can serve as a buffet area when entertaining guests.
    The stylish cabinetry in this kitchen has a chocolate glaze finish with distressed drawers and doors. A two-tiered island provides an area for food prep and seating for four. Other features in the kitchen include two sinks (one in the island), a wall cabinet with glass doors that displays china over a peninsula open to a family room. The peninsula can serve as a buffet area when entertaining guests.
  • The granite surfaces in this kitchen on the island and counters provide ample work space for the cook. The combination of painted and stained cabinetry accentuates the colors of the granite countertops and tile backsplash. Shelving at the end of the island creates space to store cookbooks and display pottery.
    The granite surfaces in this kitchen on the island and counters provide ample work space for the cook. The combination of painted and stained cabinetry accentuates the colors of the granite countertops and tile backsplash. Shelving at the end of the island creates space to store cookbooks and display pottery.
  • New, modern elements and stainless steel commercial grade appliances, are in distinctive contrast to the simpler, classic-style created by custom color cabinetry and the porcelain tile floor in this kitchen, beautifully bringing together the best of both worlds.
    New, modern elements and stainless steel commercial grade appliances, are in distinctive contrast to the simpler, classic-style created by custom color cabinetry and the porcelain tile floor in this kitchen, beautifully bringing together the best of both worlds.
  • Very neutral, natural colors and woodwork make this kitchen feel comfortable, casual and relaxing, with new granite countertops, a large island, pendant lights and natural oak floors.
    Very neutral, natural colors and woodwork make this kitchen feel comfortable, casual and relaxing, with new granite countertops, a large island, pendant lights and natural oak floors.
  • The kitchen was designed with the home cook in mind. The GE Monogram gas range includes a grill and reversible burner grates for Wok cooking. The island provides plenty of surface food prep area as well as seating for two or three. A deep Blanco granite double sink makes cleanup of large bowls, dishes and cooking sheets a breeze.
    The kitchen was designed with the home cook in mind. The GE Monogram gas range includes a grill and reversible burner grates for Wok cooking. The island provides plenty of surface food prep area as well as seating for two or three. A deep Blanco granite double sink makes cleanup of large bowls, dishes and cooking sheets a breeze.
  • A new kitchen island with a quartz surface will provide space for storage, food prep and informal dining. The island is lighted by two contemporary pendant lights.
    A new kitchen island with a quartz surface will provide space for storage, food prep and informal dining. The island is lighted by two contemporary pendant lights.
  • This award winning kitchen features a bright red island with jet black granite surface. Cabinetry includes an aluminum tambour garage with exotic wood grain perimeter cabinets. The cable railing system, aluminum exhaust hood and unique cabinetry give this kitchen an updated, contemporary feel.
    This award winning kitchen features a bright red island with jet black granite surface. Cabinetry includes an aluminum tambour garage with exotic wood grain perimeter cabinets. The cable railing system, aluminum exhaust hood and unique cabinetry give this kitchen an updated, contemporary feel.
  • This new addition allowed room to expand the kitchen and make it more functional.
    This new addition allowed room to expand the kitchen and make it more functional.