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Gather Your Friends Around These Classy Kitchen Island Designs

20 Stunning Kitchen Island Designs For Your Home

Who doesn’t dream of having a kitchen island installed in their kitchen? Somewhere you can prepare meals while the family fills you in on the day’s happenings. Somewhere where the guests can join you for a drink as you assemble appetizers. Somewhere you can daydream over a hot cup of tea as the pots bubble away on the stovetop.

A kitchen island, depending on how you design it, can be all this and more. They can be handsome and stunning additions ratcheting up the style quotient of the space. Read our series on 20 stunning kitchen islands to find one that fits right into your home.

A Seated Affair With This Kitchen Island Design

This striking black kitchen island is enhanced with additional seating. The design is kept simple and sleek with a white countertop contrasting white. Further, in keeping with the proportions of the kitchen, it is a small kitchen island allowing for plenty of movement around. The black and white bar stools add glamour, and face outside making for a great view of coconut palms over your morning cup of tea.

Kitchen island design with bar stools boost the elegance of the simple but stylish black kitchen island
Bar stools boost the elegance of the simple but stylish black kitchen island

The Elegance Of White

The spacious and luxurious white kitchen has a lovely kitchen island, with dimensions proportional to the rest of the kitchen. The kitchen island has shaker style cabinets and is topped with white marble adding to the pristine and elegant look of the kitchen. The U-shaped kitchen with an island is finished with accessories such as pendants over the island and appliances such as the double door furniture done up in stainless steel.

White kitchen island fits right into a white kitchen with stainless steel accents
An all-white kitchen island fits right into a white kitchen with stainless steel accents

The More Levels The Merrier

A multi-level kitchen island design affords many benefits. The lower level is at the kitchen counter height and serves as preparation space. The higher level becomes the bar counter and adds interesting visual detail. The design works well in a small kitchen in which you need a kitchen island with seating and counter space.

Multi-level kitchen island interior designs with kitchen counter and bar counter for small kitchen
Levels of varying heights bring functional and architectural advantages

It Doesn’t Always Have To Match

Many kitchen island styles that you see will be such that the kitchen island exactly matches the cabinets, down to the finish and colour. Proving that the trend can be successfully bucked is this white kitchen island in a vintage green kitchen. The countertops and backsplash material are the same resulting in a cohesive look. Sleek black and metal of the chairs and hanging pendant light further complete the look.

Kitchen island exactly matches the cabinets, down to the finish and colour
Make your own statement by going against the ‘it must match’ trend

Multi-Taskers For Small Kitchens

Owners of small kitchens rest your mind – and your dishes and utensils down. As this kitchen island example shows, a well-designed island can do wonders for your space. Organizers and drawers are fitted into the island to provide extra cabinet storage. The countertop has an induction stove fitted in, making cooking a breeze. There is a counter space left over for you to rest your prepped ingredients while you cook. Finally, all you need is to add some bar stools to make a breakfast bar at the raised level.

Well-designed kitchen island for your space with organizers and drawers are fitted into the island to provide extra cabinet storage
Small kitchens benefit tremendously by the addition of a multi-purpose island

Going Sleek With Sliding Doors

This L shaped kitchen with island has something unique about it – none of the cabinet doors or drawers have handles or knobs. Instead mechanisms like push latches give the kitchen a minimalist and sleek look. The lines of the kitchen island with seating imitates the overall look. The storage space in it has sliding doors with built-in recessed handles ensuring a smooth and flat look.

L shaped kitchen with island give the kitchen a sleek look and these kitchen islands with sliding doors and recessed handles

Store The Bar Stools Away

Don’t want to waste precious kitchen floor space on bar stools, yet want a few to go with your kitchen island? Or you simply don’t like the look the stools cluttering up the same. Our next kitchen island with seating is tailor made for you.  Storage space has been kept to a minimum in this modern island kitchen. Some island space has been given over to a sink and its plumbing. The rest of it is kept empty forms a home for the bar stools when they are not in use.

Modern island kitchen interiors by simply pull the bar stools out and settle in for a cosy conversation
Simply pull the bar stools out and settle in for a cosy conversation

A Sweet Deal

This fabulously luxury kitchen with its striking black kitchen island takes our breath away. Set in a white kitchen, the island contrasts superbly with its surrounding adding depth and drama. The countertop of the island juts out on both sides, providing table space. These are supported by handsomely carved wooden legs which further heighten the theatre of the setting. The kitchen island design is such that it has an oven built into it, making for quite a sweet deal.

Kitchen island table with a countertop of the island juts out on both sides, providing table space
The in-built oven brings additional functionality to this breath-taking kitchen island

No More Sinking Feelings

The U-shaped kitchen with island gives us all the feels. The kitchen is done up all in white with stainless steel appliances. The island, with its white cabinetry, is in line with the space’s aesthetic style. It has the added benefit of having a sink installed in it. The metal finish of the sink fittings and the very handily positioned rail are practical and augment the sleek finish of the kitchen.

U shaped kitchen with island gives a sink into your kitchen island for a convenient source of water supply
Install a sink into your kitchen island for a convenient source of water supply

When Working is Not A Chore

Want to catch up on some last-minute work before heading out to work? Or add the finishing touches to a presentation due the next day? This kitchen island table is perfect for those wanting to utilise their breakfast bar as a workstation. The kitchen island design is fuss free and simplistic with a simple countertop mounted on the island.

Kitchen island table is perfect for those wanting to utilise breakfast bar as workstation
From leisurely breakfasts to an opportune workspace, this kitchen island hosts it all

Light and Airy

This black kitchen island is far from being a black hole that sucks all sense of spaciousness from the room. In fact, it does quite the opposite. The trick lies in having open storage. The shelves provide extra storage but as they are open, they make the kitchen look spacious and fresh.

Keeping the storage in the kitchen island open and shelves provide extra storage but as they are open
Achieve an airy and spacious look by keeping the storage in the kitchen island open

Divide and Conquer

The small kitchen island featured here does a splendid job of separating the kitchen from the dining space. The narrow dimensions of the kitchen mean that installing the kitchen island in the middle blocks the flow of movement. Positioning it at the imaginary threshold of the kitchen allows it to act like a divider, a buffet board and an extra counter.

Small kitchen island featured separating the kitchen from the dining space
Position the kitchen island such that it zones an open kitchen area

Lean It In

Continuing the trend of unconventional placement is this kitchen island example. Instead of being centered in the kitchen, it’s narrow end it placed against a wall. The positioning is done so that it seems to be at the base of the eye-catching tree design that adorns the wall. There is plenty of storage, both shut and open. Trendy bar stools make for some cool seating. Contemporary light pendants round the look off nicely.

Space for movement by positioning the kitchen island against the wall

A Kitchen Island Design That Makes Freezing A Breeze

If you are someone whose refrigerator’s freezer section is full to the brim, you will appreciate the practical use that this kitchen island design provides. It has an inbuilt freezer drawer, storage cupboards and drawers and a useful sink. Together, they make for very easy meal preparation in this open plan space.

Kitchen island designs complete with freezer drawer, storage cupboards and drawers and a useful sink
Meal prep is far from a chore with this kitchen island complete with storage and a freezer drawer

Super-Size The Kitchen Island

In a world where everything from pizzas to beverages can be super-sized, why should the kitchen island be left behind? This white kitchen with island has plenty of space and it is showing it off in style. The U-shaped kitchen has a large island placed at it center in line with the cabinetry. While the cabinetry in the rest of the kitchen is white, the island retains the natural notes of wood doing justice to the hardwood floors.

U shaped kitchen interior design has a large island placed at it center in line with the cabinetry
A large kitchen island brings warmth and coziness to this spacious kitchen

Keep It Cool

After all those U-shaped kitchens, let’s turn to an L-shaped kitchen with an island. This one is situated in an open floor plan modern loft and is done up in stylish black and white. The kitchen island doubles up as a table, a stove top and a countertop. It’s mix of colours and finishes echo the modern style of décor of the studio.

L shaped kitchen with island is the trendy kitchen island plays it cool in keeping with modern space
The trendy kitchen island plays it cool in keeping with the modern space

Carving Curves Out Of Granite

Moving on from the very modern to the classical. This L-shaped kitchen island is luxuriously appointed with cherrywood cabinets and stone countertops. What makes the kitchen island with granite countertop unique is the shape of the granite slab. While the end that is used as counter space is kept plain, the breakfast bar side is graciously curved. Period chandeliers drop from the ceiling above the island. The overall effect while being richly gorgeous is also cosy and welcoming.

Classical l shaped kitchen interior design with island with the curved lines of the granite topped kitchen island
The curved lines of the granite topped kitchen island invite you to linger over your morning coffee

Wheeling The Colours In

Adding wonderful teals and blues to otherwise plain white kitchen is this whimsically designed kitchen island on wheels. The island is finished retro style with the MDF doors painted such that the blues merging with the greens. It is mounted on castors making it moveable. When choosing such a kitchen island design make sure the castors of top quality and strong enough to bear the weight of the island.

Kitchen island is finished retro style with the mdf doors painted such that the blues merging with the greens
The easy to move kitchen island scores very high on the style and utility scales

For Carting Around

Continuing our series of moveable kitchen islands is this kitchen island cart. It may be a small kitchen island but it sure packs a punch. It has both standard legs and wheels making it stable and yet easy to wheel when required. The size of the cart makes it ideal to be stationed in the kitchen and to be transported.

We are in love with the cuteness of the kitchen island cart!

Slot It With Slats

We end our series on stunning kitchen islands with yet another black kitchen island. But this time it is a kitchen island on wheels. The fabulous powder blue kitchen needed some black to make it go from good to great. The kitchen island does exactly that. Its black stylish finish works as a counterpoint to the rest of the kitchen while its stainless-steel countertop mirrors the appliances and the hood over the stove. Wheels make it double up as a convenient kitchen island cart.

Kitchen island on wheels these wheels make it double up as a convenient kitchen island cart
The slatted shelves design and black and metal exterior make the moveable kitchen island ideal for the kitchen

We hope these island kitchen designs have left you longing to redo your space. Your mealtime is going to get a whole lot more wholesome and enjoyable as you gather your friends and family around.

Check out: A Guide To Different Types of Kitchen Layouts

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Ekta Poddar is a content writer at Design Cafe home interiors blog.

Ekta Poddar

Ekta is a freelance writer obsessed with good design and all things pretty. She is travelling, reading and eating her way through various cultures across the globe. Her inspiration comes from the great masters, Michelangelo, Anthony Bourdain, and Terry Pratchett. When not writing, she is crocheting, cooking or buying craft supplies.

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