It’s easy to assume that kitchen islands only offer additional prep space. Although that can be the case, many of these 48 kitchen islands prove that they can be much, much, more than just an extra counter. From built-in bookshelves to creative barstools, these islands add distinction to their kitchens.
The island in this kitchen is used as a dining table. All on one level, the countertop can be used to prep and serve the meal.This bright kitchen mixes industrial elements and classic elements. The marbled backsplash and grey crown moulding are more traditional accents and the exposed bulb pendant light and stainless steel appliances are more modern.
In this evergreen kitchen the island has seating, prep space, and lots of storage options. Three light wooden bar stools work perfectly with the rich green shade. At the very end of one side of the island there is a pull out drawer and space beneath for storage. The island also has a built-in sink.
A stark white countertop on this island contrasts with the darker wood base. Jetting out, there’s plenty of room under the countertop to slide chairs under for seating. Black, low back barstools with stainless steel legs look sleek alongside the island. Although there’s already a sink in the kitchen, there’s an additional one in the island.
Why have just one massive kitchen island when you have space for two? This dream kitchen has one large island in the very center. This island has a built-in sink, appliance, and open shelving for cookbooks. If that wasn’t enough, there is an additional matching island that’s closer to the dining table. The second island is smaller and looks as if it could be moved around more easily since it’s on pedestal legs.
There’s room for over five people to sit and enjoy a meal up close with the chef in this kitchen! The striped upholstered bar stools work beautifully with the wooden kitchen island. Five pendant lights hang perfectly above the countertop and offer plenty of light for visiting and preparing meals. Having the table set also makes the kitchen look more complete and inviting!
Not all kitchen islands are square or wide. This narrow island with a grey base adds just the right amount of color contrast in this white kitchen. The book shelf built into the side shows off bright colored cookbooks. To add to the open feel of the room, the three pendant lights are made of glass.
In 2016, more and more kitchen islands are taking style notes from other pieces of furniture in the home. This large marble-topped detached counter has ornate wooden legs on the corners which makes it resemble a bedroom piece. Silver hardware on the cabinets coordinates well with the above twin light pendants. Lastly, the under-mount sink makes it easy to rinse fruit within reach.
If you’re a wino, this kitchen and kitchen island was made for you! The expansive island has lots of different drawers and cabinets along with a built-in wine refrigerator! This appliance is perfectly regulated to keep all of your favorite bottles ready for serving. Since it’s built into the island, it doesn’t take up any extra needed space and is easily assessable.
Industrial-chic kitchens like this one use their island seating to set the style. The bar stools look like they could work in an artist’s studio, behind an engineer’s drafting table, or in a kitchen like this one. To really set the mood, three caged metal pendants hang above the marble island.
Have you ever seen a kitchen island like this one? At first glance you may think that the island and the small table for three are separate pieces until you look closer. A round pedestal table is connected to the rectangular bar by the shared countertop! When three chairs are added, you have such a unique kitchen seating place.
Even though this kitchen is white white white, the base of the unattached counter is black. This adds variety to the space and also ties in with the black pendants overhead. Four metal barstools offer seating and there is storage on one end. The white counter top blends in with the rest of the aesthetic.
If you don’t want to install a kitchen island, purchase one that can be relocated! This furniture piece is on rollers and can be moved any time you want. The counter top offers kitchen prep space and space to enjoy a meal and the bottom has space for pots and pans. The metal underside works nicely with the industrial feel of the room and the appliances.
Here is another extremely unique kitchen island that extends to a pedestal table. On the narrow end there is space to prepare meals and two barstools for those interacting with the cook. On the other end there is a round table and more formal seating for three individuals. All of it is connected by a countertop.
Two different countertops are connected to define eating and prepping space for this kitchen island. The main island has a white base, granite top, and runs parallel with the back row of cabinets. The other island intersects it and has a wooden top and white base. There is seating for about eight people around the wooden top section of the bar.
Ornate white columns jazz this kitchen island up. The base matches the other cabinets along the walls perfectly. A black countertop contrasts with the other white accents in the space. Lastly, the large bar stools with arms give it a more formal energy.
An eclectic kitchen such as this one blends different elements to create an overall cohesive look. From the quirky wallpaper to the bookshelves above the refrigerator, this room is anything but ordinary. The island in the center has a worn butcher block top and a blue base with drawers for utensils. The island looks like it’s seen a lot of meals shared here.
An expansive kitchen island like this one can serve more than one purpose. On the side closest to the sink is a gas burner top for cooking and on the side facing away is storage and space for books. At the very left end is space for seating which makes this island a true MVP.
You don’t have to hide all of your storage when it’s as organized and magazine-worthy as the space under this island! The enormous bar has two different sides. One has a sink and is a lighter shade than the other which houses the storage underneath. Light wooden shelves make it look more like a gallery space. The owners played it up with color coordinated dishes and cookbooks sandwiched between matching bookends.
One print packs a big punch in this kitchen! When you see this bright space, your eye is immediately drawn to the upholstered barstools at the island. These stools have bright colored backs that showcase a fun floral print. The energy is then echoed throughout the space with yellow flowers and lemons on display. The island has a fun fan-like curve to it which hosts the chairs.
With room for three barstools, this simple island adds seating and extra counter space for this kitchen. The wooden countertop contrasts with the white countertops, yet the base still matches the other cabinets bases. Two pendants hanging overhead mimic the glow of the inside cabinet lighting.
There isn’t room for much else but stylish drama in this dark kitchen. The island has a thick stone counter top and it’s polished to reflect other accents in the room. Three stainless steel pendant lights above match the three steel barstools below.
A kitchen like this has a 70s feel but a modern and contemporary style. The large, basic, island has space for four barstools on one end and wooden drawers on the other. A built-in sink also makes it extremely useful for grabbing water and rinsing veggies. The sleek, vintage vibe translates from the counter to the rest of the room.
White and black kitchens always look charming and dramatic at the same time. This kitchen is no exception. The unique island has a marble top and a furniture-like base. The extremely large black legs give it a whimsical character and supports the simpler white stools lined up on both sides.
There’s a cute, unexpected feature in this grey kitchen island. On one side there is a built-in shelf dedicated to cookbooks! A pretty silver vase with fresh flowers accents the counter and white hardware pulls connects the island with the white cabinets in the rest of the space.
Sometimes simple is best. This understated white kitchen island matches the rest of the modern room. The barstools have low backs so that they can slide under the counter easily. Silver pendant globe lights match the stainless steel appliances and look almost futuristic.
The lavish chandelier above the kitchen island with the vintage clock face sets the mood for this space. Under the magnificent light fixture is a large kitchen island that has a built-in sink. The sink has hardware that matches the light and pulls it together. Seating for five makes this the congregating spot in the house.
A dark kitchen island won’t be too contrasting in a bright kitchen if it has a lighter countertop. This kitchen is a great example. The cabinets are off-white and the backsplash is silver. Even though the base of the island is a dark wood, the light marbled countertop balances it out.
An island can mimic the rest of the kitchen and bring cohesiveness to the space. In this room, both the countertop and the underside of the island match. On one side there is exposed shelving that can store fruit and serving dishes. The shelves also serve as an opportunity to add colorful accents to the room.
A kitchen unattached bar doesn’t have to always be a rectangular shape! In this sleek kitchen, the island is made up of two components that create a “T” shape. The main island is white and has a stainless steel top. Off to the other side is a jetted out white countertop that serves as a seating space. Three wooden bar stools add an organic element to this sterile space.
The kitchen island can be an extension of the rest of the cabinetry. In this elegant kitchen, the furniture piece in the center looks identical to the rest of the room. Nothing on the countertop, like built-in appliances or sinks, keep this space dedicated to preparing delicious meals.
This wooden-topped kitchen island looks traditional, yet contemporary. A trick to hiding barstools includes utilizing stools that don’t have high backs. These black, state-of-the-art stools slide perfectly under the counter height and refuse to take up other floor space.
A counter in the middle of the room can have two tiers. In this kitchen, there is a rectangular kitchen island and then attached on a lower level is a rounded seating space. The two countertops don’t match, but are brought together by identical off-white bases. The end result is plenty of prepping space and a table dedicated to enjoying your meal with three others.
Two is always better than one, right? In this spectacular kitchen, there are two islands floating in the middle of the room rather than just one. The one furthest in the photograph has a built-in sink and seems dedicated to food preparation. The other, with pendant lights above it, has four high-back barstools. Both of the islands match.
Create your own eat-in kitchen with an island like this one! If you don’t have extra space for another kitchen table and chairs, add high stools to the center island and you have a place to grab a bowl of cereal or cup of coffee in the morning. Warm up the area by adding cushions to the stools with prints on them.
You can’t always offer seating all the way around a kitchen island. In this photograph, there’s only space for two small stools on one end. The rest of the area is dedicated to kitchen storage. Instead of picking out bland stools, take a design note from this homeowner. Think outside the box and pick stools that have a fun texture. These matching stools have a fun tweed texture on them.
A kitchen island such as this runs the entire length of the kitchen! On one side is room for seating and on the other you can use the gas burners. Whenever a kitchen island has a built-in cooktop, like this one, you need to be extra careful to keep utensils and other miscellaneous items out of the way. Three simple, yet stylish, pendants illuminate the working space.
The underside of this floating bar keeps the space from looking too white. Rich wood cabinets with steel pulls peek out from under a white countertop. The dark wood is also duplicated as the backsplash on the back wall. Steel bowls and a horse sculpture make this island feel decorated and break up the monotony.
Butcher block countertops can be found in all of the latest interior design magazines. If you like the look but aren’t ready to commit to transforming your kitchen, try a kitchen island like this one! Although this piece is installed permanently and has a built-in sink, you can purchase a rolling island with a butcher block countertop that can be moved.
A kitchen island doesn’t have to look like it belongs in a kitchen! This quaint space has a homey feel and the island in the center looks more like a classical dresser than an island. What sets it apart as a kitchen item is the durable top which can withstand scraping and food prep. You, too, can use a furniture piece like this. Simply change out the top or have glass cut in the shape of the top to protect the surface.
This kitchen island looks more like an entryway table instead of a traditional floating bar. The formality is stylish and the wood legs give it a more ornate look. Three upholstered bar stools make this a space that you’ll want to enjoy a meal in time and time again.
Even when a kitchen island has space for stools, it doesn’t mean you need to add them. In this kitchen example, the island feels more like an extension of the cabinets, rather than it’s own piece. The counter top and bottom, which match the rest of the cabinets, add unity in the room. There is space that hangs over the side that could hold bar stools underneath, but the room looks larger without them.
Do you want to add a “pop” of color to your kitchen? You can do so easily with an island! As in this kitchen, a bright green island base gives the room character and color! Instead of looking out of place, the piece works because it shares the same counter top as the rest of the room. Get brave and try new colors on your kitchen island base!
When a large kitchen like this has double ovens stacked, it’s hard to find a designated space for a cook top. The kitchen island allows for this space and works well with gas burners. With an island so large, you can keep an eye on the kids doing homework at the bar while fixing them up some macaroni and cheese on the other side!
The royal blue shade of the kitchen island base gives this room a richness in color. The rest of the cabinets are stark white and the countertop is also light in color. Adding a deeper color that isn’t too bright makes the room feel sophisticated and not cookie cutter. The side shelves also give it personality.
This kitchen feels like it belongs in an old farmhouse with the wooden island! Cabinets hiding under the barstools and an expansive top give the homeowner plenty of space to work and store kitchen items. The metal bar stools are simple and give this space a laid back aesthetic. The pendent hanging above with rustic rope rounds out the room.
Even if you don’t have enough space for barstools to sneak under the kitchen island doesn’t mean you can’t have additional seating! In this photograph, the island has two bar stools on one side and two shorter stools on the end. These additional stools can’t slide under the island, but look stylish and are perfect if you entertain a lot for extra seating.
If you had a kitchen as impressive as this one, wouldn’t you want to eat in it? This large island has two separate tiers. The larger one has lots of drawers and cabinets for storage and a built-in sink. The other tier is rounded and has space for chairs to be pulled up. When you’re not eating a meal at the lower tier, you can use it as additional prep space.
This is the ideal kitchen island if you love a cold drink! There are so many drink amenities snuck into one space. The top of the counter has an ice space to place drinks and keep them cold. One side has storage for wine glasses and drawers for wine accessories. The other side underneath has two drawers to keep drinks cold. The temperature is digital so you can chill your drinks to your liking.