Welcome to out gallery of kitchen island designs. These kitchen pictures feature a variety of different layouts, and styles. You’ll find contemporary, country, transitional and traditional kitchens. The islands offer an assortment of countertops such as marble, jewel tone granite, and natural wood butcher block. The addition of an island is a great way to maximize your cooking area for maximum effectiveness. We hope these images give you plenty of ideas and inspiration for your own kitchen projects.
This kitchen is an excellent example of an elegant transitional style kitchen. With light gray walls and clean white kitchen cabinets, it is able to combine the simplicity of modern design & the elegant flowing lines of traditional kitchen designs. In the middle of the kitchen is a large kitchen island which is a good size and proportion for the available space. Just like the main cabinets, it has a white traditional style base and topped with gorgeous Juparana granite counter top, adding a natural pattern to the space.
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Transitional style kitchens often combine white and grays, with either the walls in white and cabinets in gray or vice versa. This kitchen, on the other hand, goes for an all gray color scheme, using the same shade of light gray for both the walls and the kitchen cabinets. The kitchen however, uses a darker shade of kitchen laminate for its cabinet base, using dark mahogany instead of light gray, making it stand out from the rest of the kitchen. Stainless steel countertops are functional and stylish. It also has three Bertoia bar stools, maximizing the use of the large kitchen island for both preparation area and dining.
Going for a darker color scheme, this kitchen gives a strong and bold vibe. Cabinets are all in natural mahogany finish and tops it with black & red Indian Dakota granite. The color matches well with the cabinet finish and even complements the finish of the drop ceiling at the center of the kitchen. The kitchen island is rectangular with the same finish as the main cabinets, but uses a more dominantly red Indian Dakota granite counter.
The all-white color scheme of this kitchen makes it look elegant and timeless, especially as the floors in the space is of dark mahogany, making the white surface really stand out. The rectangular kitchen island is long and narrow with a white counter top and lots of storage space. It also accommodates three bar stools which are in dark ebony finish, making a stark contrast against the white kitchen island.
This kitchen island is an interesting piece. It has white painted base cabinets in the same style as the main kitchen cabinets, but uses a more elegant counter top material, combining marble and wood block. The union of the two materials produces a unique effect and a welcomed variety of texture in the space.
Transitional style kitchens usually use grays and whites, and this example shows us a transitional style kitchen which uses the typical formula for such styles. It uses white main cabinets with marble counter top and to add a bit of warmth, uses cream subway tiles for the back splash. For the island, it uses a narrow and long kitchen island with seating, a gray base and marble counter top. The kitchen island functions mostly as additional preparation area and has a bar counter area.
This space is a combination of modern industrial and classic rustic furniture pieces. Antiqued wood floors and exposed wooden trusses sets a somber and rustic feel to the space, while the grungy textures of wood and tiles in the kitchen shows its industrial design inspiration. You will see a massive kitchen island with a gorgeous slab of white marble. It uses planks of salvaged wood as accents on its base, and finishes the main base with dark ash, making it resemble aged metal or even concrete. You will also see classic upholstered dining chairs with leather upholstery, and modern velvet bar stools.
This kitchen has that classic charm of country style kitchens yet maintains a clean and fresh feel typical of modern kitchen spaces. It uses a combination of different cabinet finishes, creating a variety of colors and finishes in one space. Raised panel cream cabinets are featured throughout with the addition of a stained wood bakers rack and darker wood stained islands.
There are 2 kitchen islands in this design, one is used mainly for additional storage and work space, while the other higher kitchen island acts mostly as a bar counter for dining. The use walnut and cherry wood respectively and are both topped with Carrara marble.
The scaling and styling of this kitchen represents a well-executed transitional style kitchen design. Dark oak floors combines with off-white walls serve as the background for this kitchen, while the cabinets goes for the usual all-white finish, tops it with black granite and pairs it with light gray subway tiles for the back splash. The kitchen island is massive, but is proportional to the size of the space and the height of the ceiling, making it look proportional to the rest of the kitchen. Instead of black granite though, it uses white marble and right above it hangs a pair of cage pendant lamps for accent.
This modern kitchen has a unique open layout, adapting curves to create a unique and dynamic layout. The kitchen cabinets are basic – laminated in dark walnut and topped with black & white granite. However, it has a unique kitchen island. The kitchen island is small and circular in shape and has a unique stone sink built-in.
The kitchen storage wall is long, and so is the kitchen island. The wall space of this kitchen was mostly used as storage space, therefore leaving you with the kitchen island for your counter space/preparation area. Due to the length of the island, there is more than sufficient space to accommodate the chef’s preparation surface needs, as well as provide additional storage. It goes for a more modern look, by using dark mahogany laminated cabinets and polished stone counter top.
This kitchen uses a unique laminate finish with prominent horizontal wood grains in a neutral walnut finish. The kitchen has sufficient natural lighting, minimizing the need for artificial lights during day time. It is also able to maximize available wall space for storage. The kitchen island is narrow and rectangular in shape and uses the same laminate finish as the main cabinets. It is topped with black quartz top and also provides space for dining/bar stools.
Large picture windows provide sufficient natural light into the space, as well as provide a wonderful view of the backyard, setting a natural and relaxing atmosphere to the space. The kitchen as a modern look, with white-painted walls and engineered bamboo flooring, setting a nice neutral background to work on. Kitchen cabinets were laminated in dark wengue and tops it with gray juparana granite. The range hob was placed in the middle of the kitchen island, allowing the user to prepare the food while entertaining guests as it is placed directly in front of the dining area.
A lovely traditional style kitchen which uses white paneled kitchen cabinets in combination with French cabinet doors to match the French window design. The cabinets were placed against the lilac-gray walls and topped with white Carrara marble with golden flecks. The kitchen island is large and rectangular, mostly functioning as additional work top, storage and dining area which accommodates 4 at a time. This kitchen island is accentuated by three modern round pendant lamps, giving it a lovely warm glow.
What’s unique about this kitchen is that it’s kitchen island is fixed and has no storage underneath. It instead uses a hollow-core base similar to the material and finish used on the walls, complete with power outlets and even baseboard. The counter top uses beige granite and is completely free of sink or any other kitchen equipment, making it function solely as additional work top or dining area.
This kitchen island serves not only as a cooking/preparation area and a dining counter, but also as a divider between the kitchen and the living area. This allows you to cook/prepare food and entertain your guests at the same time. The kitchen island base cabinets uses traditional paneled profile painted in a light gray color and topped with white marble. Right above the kitchen island is a hanging shelf with stainless steel framing and solid wengue finish shelf.
While the main kitchen cabinets of this country style kitchen uses basic oak finish cabinets with traditional style profile, the kitchen island/bar counter follows a very unique shape. This kitchen island has a reversed S shape with ash gray weathered woo base topped with beige granite. It also has a multi-level counter, the lower counter has the normal kitchen counter height, and the higher one is of a bar counter height making it perfect for the wengue wooden barstools with rush seats.
Green & white checkerboard floor tiles already gives this kitchen that authentic retro look as checkerboard patterned floors were popular way back in the day, even featured on some popular classical paintings. The kitchen cabinets used has a classic paneled profile and painted in white, topped with green granite counter top. The kitchen island on the other hand, uses a base with antiqued green finish, giving it that rustic appeal.
Dark wengue solid wood kitchen cabinets gives this kitchen a classic charm and an elegant look. The kitchen island used in this design has two levels. The normal counter height serves as additional food preparation area while the high counter which overlaps it serves as a var counter area. All counter top surfaces uses beige granite with a classic profile to perfectly match with the classic cabinets.
Gorgeous polished limestone counter top takes the center-stage in this classical-inspired kitchen. It uses classic motifs and panel detailing to give that traditional kitchen look, and paints it in off-white to give that aged look. The yellow of the limestone counter gives a warm feel to the space and complements the off-white base. The large kitchen island has a built-in ceramic sink and accommodates 3 bar stools for dining.
High ceiling and arched doors and windows give this space an authentic classic vibe. It has very detailed carvings and motifs, reminiscent of classic architecture. Smacked right in the middle of the kitchen is a walnut-based kitchen island with a unique cement-finish counter top and accentuated with warm-colored chandelier which also functions as a pot rack.
Sage green was the color of choice for the kitchen cabinets of this country style kitchen. The color gives the space a refreshing & cool tone, making it look bright and vibrant but with a color that is easy on the eyes. It has a small kitchen island wit a built-in sink and storage and topped with green granite. The kitchen island is placed against a built-up ledge which functions as a bar counter and finished with the same color as the cabinets.
Neo-classic motifs and details abound in this kitchen design. And although the main kitchen cabinets used off-white to replicate classical columns, the large square kitchen island contrasts with the main cabinets as it uses antique wengue finish on its base cabinet and tops it with beige granite to match with the main cabinets. The large kitchen island is further accentuated by two accent chandeliers, bringing focus into the center.
Dark wood kitchen island designs can bring a really elegant feel to your home. This kitchen goes for a more uniform look as it uses the same Mahogany finish on all the cabinets/base, with some wengue stained accent turned posts. There is a large kitchen island in the middle, topped with black granite and has an overlap for dining purposes, supported by two large turned posts.
This modern transitional kitchen space adapts an open layout which directly connects the kitchen with the dining area. The kitchen cabinets are all painted in white with stainless steel pulls & hardware which looks perfect with the gray painted walls. The large kitchen island has a built-in cook top and wine chiller, making it an ideal area to prepare food while entertaining guests.
Solid wood pieces combined with metal accents create an authentic rustic look in this kitchen. The main kitchen cabinets uses solid weathered wood with beige granite counter top, giving it an earthy and rustic feel. The kitchen island on the other hand, has a very unique design. The base is somewhat basic, with antiqued black paint finish on vertically paneled base with limestone counter top. What makes it very unique however, is the use of vintage wine barrel to create a base for the bar counter connected on the kitchen island. Around 1/2 of the barrel was cut-out and attached onto the island, and then topped with salvaged circular solid wood.
This lovely log cabin kitchen has an open concept design with exposed beams. Placed in a log house style structure, using too much wood might just make the space look heavier than it already is, so this kitchen island opted for an antiqued black finish so that it contrasts with the wooden walls and ceiling, and at the same time, still match the rustic raw feel of the space. A gorgeous slab of granite was used to top it, and it was placed against a built-up bar counter which helps separate the kitchen from the rest of the space.
A rococo-inspired kitchen with a feminine color scheme and gold gilded details which brings out a romantic classic vibe. In the middle of the kitchen is a large kitchen island with rose-colored and a matching counter top. It also has round bar stools with red velvet upholstery to give it that luxurious and elegant feel.
With the right combination of finishes and accessories, this kitchen was able to achieve an authentic vintage look. It uses solid walnut cabinets with classic paneled design and tops it with beige granite to give it that elegant earthy feel. For the pulls, oiled bronze was the hardware of choice. This kitchen even takes it to another level by using a hammered copper sink and a custom range hood cover in antiqued copper. These rustic finishes really brings out the classic charm of the space.
This Mahogany-finished kitchen island really stands out from the rest of the kitchen as its Mahogany base is darker than the light ash finish of the main kitchen cabinets. The kitchen island is topped with emerald green counter top and has built in oven and undermount sink, making it an efficient and functional addition to the kitchen.
This kitchen island functions mostly as additional work top. It’s narrow in depth and quite long, with a dark ash finish to contrast with the light beige finish of the main cabinets. It is topped with black granite like the rest of the kitchen and is accentuated with a modern chandelier placed right above it.
A large modern full-sized kitchen with refreshing sage green walls and wood-framed windows. Large windows abound in this kitchen, making it look bright and also saves energy. The kitchen uses the same teak wood laminates all over and orients its wood grains horizontally to visually expand the space. The gray concrete finish floor tiles adds a bit of grunge into the space, contrasting with the smooth surfaces of laminates and solid surface. There is also a large kitchen island in the middle of the kitchen in white the range hob is placed and also accommodating bar stools for casual dining.
This modern kitchen space is compact and features a variety wood finishes. Colored concrete floors give the space an industrial grunge, while the teakwood door and window frames bring a modern tropical look as well. For the kitchen, it uses a combination of light maple and cherry wood laminates. It even has a unique dropped ceiling clad in solid mahogany, further emphasizing the kitchen area. There is a kitchen island as well, which doubles as a bar counter and uses a raised counter surface to help separate the kitchen area from the rest of the house.
Functionality and ease of maintenance is the main concern of this kitchen which explains its use of stainless steel kitchen cabinets, counters and back splash. Applying such on residential kitchens tend to make it look too cool and unappealing, so to balance it out, the kitchen island uses light beech wood laminated base with stainless steel drawers and black granite, creating a coordinated look with the added warmth of the wood finish.
Modern kitchen island designs usually have a simple color scheme with clean, sharp lines. This kitchen design is a good example of such, featuring high gloss laminated cabinets and off-white quartz counters. The large kitchen has an open layout connecting it to a small dining area. The rectangular kitchen island at the center has built-in induction cook top and ovens, allowing you to socialize while cooking. A kitchen peninsula with an additional sink provides more food prep space in close proximity to the oven and microwave.
This modern kitchen combines white and teak wood to create this fresh modern design. The base cabinets area all in solid teak wood with stainless steel pulls, while the few overhead cabinets are laminated in white. Parallel to the main cabinets is a large kitchen island with white solid surface counter top and matching white upholstered bar stools.
Modern minimalist with a touch of industrial pieces and finishes helps add more personality in this kitchen design. Inspired by industrial spaces, the kitchen wall uses concrete finish tiles, giving it a rough industrial appeal, and also uses industrial-style metal bar stools with wood top. It has a rectangular kitchen island with dark mahogany laminate on its base and topped with carrara marble.
This is another modern minimalist kitchen design which uses white high-gloss laminated kitchen cabinets as the walls of the space were painted in a gunmetal gray color. A long and narrow kitchen island with marble counter top helps separate the dining area from the kitchen, but still allows easy access and view of the two spaces.
High ceiling and large picture windows offers this space not only a great view, but also gives it a bright atmosphere, despite its use of dark wood floors. The kitchen island, with its dark gray painted base seems to blend onto the floors, while its solid red woodblock counter top appear floating amidst the dark finishes.
A classic rustic kitchen with solid oak wood kitchen cabinets gives it that solid and timeless appeal. There is a massive kitchen island in the middle accentuated with iron chandelier. This kitchen island is topped with solid wood, the same finish as the base and has a built-in under mount sink.
This kitchen uses finely oiled dark walnut cabinets with black & white granite counters placed against plain white walls and light beige stone back splash tiles. The L-shaped kitchen has a narrow kitchen island with a small under-mount sink which is placed against dark walnut banquette seating for a small dining area.
This is another view of the previous kitchen, and it shows the semi-open layout of the kitchen which is connected to the formal dining area by a large arched opening, making it feel big and spacious. A built-in oven can be seen on the kitchen island as well, and the it is also accentuated with an iron chandelier, giving off a soft warm glow, softening up the look of the space.
Classic oak cabinets surround this spacious full-sized kitchen, creating an elegant and classic vibe to the space. In the middle of the kitchen is a rectangular kitchen island which stands-out from the rest of the kitchen as it has a white base instead of using dark oak. It uses the same salt & pepper granite counter top with the rest of the kitchen, making it look well put-together despite the different finishes.
This large open-layout kitchen takes it inspiration from Neo-classic designs, applying faux columns and classical motifs into the kitchen cabinets. While the main cabinets uses solid teak wood finish, the massive kitchen island paints its vase in an off-white color, making it look more legitimately classic. Kitchen island designs like this with an undermount sink and wide profile can accommodate 4 or more bar stools, making it very functional for food preparation and dining.
This kitchen island with built-in cook top and a gorgeous slab of emerald granite not only serves as a kitchen counter, but also a bar counter and a way to delineate the kitchen from the rest of the house. The kitchen cabinets were stained in a dark walnut color, making it look like solid wood even if it is actually just ribbon-grain plywood. This results in an effortless and budget-friendly classic style kitchen.
This industrial style modern transitional space mixes classic elements with rustic finishes and geometric patterns to create a modern look. The rustic oak wood cabinets looks gorgeous against the plain white walls, while the white solid surface counters helps transition the rough finish of the cabinets into the chevron patterned back splash tiles. The kitchen island seems to take its inspiration from the chevron tiles, as it has a unique shape. It’s sharp edges and simple counter profile give off that modern vibe, the metal bar stools and the horizontal planks on the base on the other hand, contributes to its rustic industrial appeal.
Yellow beige walls and floors set a warm atmosphere into the space which looks perfect with the off-white painted classic style kitchen cabinets. Parallel to the main cabinet is a long kitchen island accommodating 4 wengue finish bar stools. This kitchen island functions mostly as additional preparation area and a casual dining area.
This kitchen has a unique ceiling, with exposed log wooden trusses and ceiling-mounted track lights popular on modern industrial spaces. The color scheme, finishes and style used on the kitchen, however, betrays this industrial inspiration and converts it into a more modern transitional style. The kitchen cabinets are all in white with granite counters, making it look more country than industrial. In the middle of the kitchen is a massive kitchen island with plenty of storage space, topped with solid wood block counter top, and even has a small raised bar counter surface.
Going for a uniform color scheme all over the house, this kitchen adapts a pale and very muted color scheme. It uses a very light shade of warm gray for its paneled cabinets and tops it with white soapstone for that soft look. Walls are white but there is enough contrast between the white walls and the light gray cabinets. The rectangular kitchen island accommodates 4 metal bar stools and functions mostly as additional storage and preparation area.
This kitchen goes for a gray and white color scheme, using gray kitchen cabinets at tops it with white granite counter top. There is a large kitchen island with only an under mount sink and accommodating 4 industrial style bar stools.
The massive kitchen island of this kitchen definitely takes your attention as its top and sides are clad with white marble. The kitchen is placed against a fixed low gypsum wall, making it stable and allowing a “ledge” of marble to serve as a bar counter. Right above the kitchen island are 3 modern stainless pendant lamps which further emphasizes the island.
The combination of colors and textures in this kitchen makes it look posh and elegant without going overboard. Paneled kitchen cabinets are in dark wengue finish and topped with beige granite, while the back splash uses natural stone tiles, giving it an interesting texture. The kitchen island is long and narrow, with a beige top and an under mount sink. It also accommodates 4 bar stools and accentuated by pendant lamps.
Kitchen island designs with large windows can benefit from tons of natural light. The layout above features large glass sliding doors to provide more than sufficient natural light into the space, while the light gray walls and maple wood floors helps maintain that bright atmosphere. The kitchen keeps to the clean and modern transitional look of the space, using white kitchen cabinets with white counters and backsplash. The kitchen island is the same, using all white surfaces and even white modern bar stools.
Simple & elegant, this kitchen showcases the beauty of transitional kitchen spaces. Solid wood floors set a warm and rustic atmosphere to the entire space, while the white paneled cabinets gives off the classic vibe. The kitchen is topped with gray solid surface and complements it with glass backsplash tiles with a chevron pattern. The kitchen island has an under mount sink and a built-in wine chiller. It also provides sufficient space for four industrial style bar stools.
This small linear kitchen features a narrow kitchen island with an undermount sink. The mahogany finish kitchen island is placed against a built-up gypsum wall and topped with beige granite. The kitchen island is given emphasis by placing three pendant lamps right above it in addition to the three bar stools.
This quaint L-shaped kitchen placed in a bright open layout combines 2 cabinet colors. The main cabinets were in white, while the kitchen island uses redwood laminates. The backsplash material is light gray subway tiles with a cool undertone which matches the tone of the granite slab used. The kitchen island doesn’t have any built-ins, but it proves an efficient additional working top and as a small dining area.
Despite being small, this modern transitional style kitchen manages to fit in all kitchen essentials with its effective planning/ corner layout. While the main cabinets in light warm gray accommodate the fridge and the range, the kitchen island with Mahogany base has the built-in ceramic sink and also provides a ledge from its granite counter for the 3 upholstered bar stools.
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