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30 Kitchen Islands That Will Inspire You

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If you’re ready for a major kitchen change but don’t feel like doing a total renovation, switching up (or adding) a kitchen island is a great idea. Kitchen islands give you more surface area to prep meals, and some may even come with unique benefits. For instance, certain designs have plenty of drawers and shelves for storage, while others boast additional seating that comes in handy when entertaining.

There are countless kitchen island designs out there, so we’ve sifted through them and highlighted some of our favorites. From statement-making pretty pastel ones to compact options that can squeeze into the smallest of spaces, scroll ahead for 30 kitchen islands that are sure to inspire you.

Elevated Elegance

If you want to elevate your kitchen quickly, add a marble island to it. Featuring a trendy waterfall design, this chic piece comes with a brass sink and faucet and provides plenty of room for meal prep.

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Monochrome Moments

If you can’t decide on a color palette for your kitchen, why not just go monochrome? This sleek kitchen, which features a dark gray and black island with matching stools, is both sophisticated and unfussy.

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Cute and Compact

Don’t let a lack of space prevent you from installing a kitchen island. This compact one is made with a smooth wooden top and is matched with molded plastic chairs, much like the ones you can pick up right from Ikea.

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Periwinkle Paint

Kitchen islands are an excellent opportunity to add a pop of color to your space. This one boasts a pretty periwinkle shade and a sleek white marble top.

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Pull Up a Chair

Make any kitchen an eat-in one by having your kitchen island act as a dining table. This extra-long island, which can fit up to five people, is perfect for families.

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Butcher Block

The butcher block top of this rustic kitchen island adds a touch of coziness to the space. Not to mention, butcher blocks can be sealed so you can prepare food right on them, and if any scratches pop up, you can just sand them out.

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Double Duty

If you want more breathing room to cook, consider installing a kitchen island with a stovetop range.

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More Room to Entertain

A kitchen island with a dining table attached not only gives you more space for serving, but can also create more room for meal prepping. This one is especially nice as it has a peninsula-like shape to it.

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A Pop of Green

Although this kitchen island doesn’t have seating, it does serve multiple purposes—it’s chock-full of drawers that are perfect for storing kitchen gadgets, utensils, dining ware, and more.

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The One That Does It All

This minimalist-meets-rustic kitchen island does it all—it has seating, a sink and faucet, shelves for stacking cookbooks and other items, and even a few drawers for easily accessible storage.

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Terrifically Terrazzo

Terrazzo, which is typically made with marble chips and cement, steals the show in this eye-catching kitchen design. We especially love how this island includes overhang storage as an unexpected detail.

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More is More

Maximize your space by installing a kitchen island that overlaps with a long dining table. Easily able to seat six or more comfortably, this head-turning setup is an inventive way to get the most out of your kitchen space.

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Wooden Waterfall

This wooden waterfall island is partially see-through, meaning it can help make your room look more open and airy.

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Wine Not?

Need somewhere to store all your wine? Why not use your kitchen island? This one has an efficient design that boasts seating and plenty of storage for your wine collection.

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Bright and Breezy

This bright and breezy kitchen island proves that islands don’t have to be complicated to be design-forward. Boasting cutout detailing, this no-fuss one would work wonderfully in a country cottage or beach house.

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Blue and White

Paint the inside of your kitchen island if you want to add a pop of color but don’t want to commit to transforming the whole piece. This sky-blue color is precious, but if you want something bolder, go for a deep navy or earthy green.

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The Main Attraction

Make your kitchen island the main focal point of the space by really going all out—add some overhead storage, pull up a few stools, and accessorize the surface by thoughtfully placing some items, such as a crystal pitcher, on it.

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Pretty in Pink

This simple kitchen island, which has a butcher block top and cushioned stools, complements this space’s pale salmon accent wall wonderfully.

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Make A Statement

Make a strong statement by installing a black kitchen island with a granite top and matching leather stools. It creates an industrial look to the space without it feeling too unapproachable.

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It’s All In the Details

Placing small details, such as high-end bottles of extra virgin olive oil and wooden bowls of fruit, around and on top of your kitchen island can instantly make the space feel more put-together.

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Go All Out

Even though kitchen islands are typically rectangular, don’t be afraid to play around with shape and size. This one embraces a square outline, and features carved molding on its edges.

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Tying It Together

A kitchen island can be a great way to tie together the rest of your space. For example, you can place accessories or trinkets on it that match an accent wall’s color.

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A Cottage-Esque Kitchen

Kitchen islands can also be quaint and cozy. This simple wooden one features handy storage and seating for two.

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Retro Moments

This kitchen island throws it back by incorporating retro details like metal stools, vintage drawer handles, and a durable metal top.

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Cute and Cozy

A warm wooden kitchen island can make your space feel more welcoming. This compact one boasts a shiny exterior and a marble surface and is paired with tall dining chairs.

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Tons of Storage

If you’re low on kitchen storage, an island with plenty of drawers can help solve this. It also boasts seating on two sides, which is helpful for when you have guests over.

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A Mountain Getaway

Turn your kitchen into an inviting mountain getaway by choosing a warm, wooden kitchen island. This traditional version has a marble top and matching carved wooden stools.

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Cement To Be

Gray marble and cement add an industrial touch to any kitchen. This island would look great styled with glossy black tableware and a vibrant floral centerpiece.

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Wide Open Spaces

This partially open island can make your space look so much bigger. Not to mention it also makes it easier to store stools and chairs under.

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Dark and Moody

A dark marble island adds plenty of personality to a kitchen. This extra-wide one features an elongated edge that’s perfect for serving meals.

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