81 Custom Kitchen Island Ideas (Beautiful Designs)

Beautiful kitchen island with stone counter

The kitchen island is a great example of a kitchen feature that can combine both form and function. A kitchen island is basically an unattached counter, usually situated in the middle of the cook area which allows access from all four sides. Kitchen islands can serve as the center for both cooking & food preparation activity, as well as a place for eat-in dining. This page features our gallery of cook area island ideas for inspiration.

The most common type of countertop shape is rectangular but you don’t have to stick to that and can have one in a shape or form that best suits your cook space or style. Rounded, L-shaped and T-shaped islands are common alternatives to rectangles. You can also consider freestanding islands, which are basically tables or carts. This option is good for small kitchens as they keep things from feeling cramped.

While the basic function of a countertop island is to provide you with extra work space by increasing the countertop area of your food preparation zone, depending on its other features there is a type to suit everyone’s needs. Many types blend countertops with cabinetry at the base.

The base can have drawers, open shelves, bookshelves and cabinets to provide you with extra storage space and even serve as display space. Some types serve as specific work areas or points in the food preparation zone . These types can incorporate practical kitchen details such as secondary sinks, appliance nooks or even stove cooktops to help you make the most of your space.

Kitchen with marble waterfall countertop island

Kitchen Island Designs

Kitchen island designs that are cooking centric incorporate a cooktop or range into the island. This style can focus on meal prep and have a large, uninterrupted surface space. Some types can also incorporate a sink or a dishwasher to help with post meal clean up.

The island is placed at the center of the room so it can serve as the center point of cooking preparation, but it can also serve as the center point of entertaining and socialization. An island can take the place of a kitchen table and can have seating incorporated to allow it to serve as an informal dining area and activity hub.

A great island can actually have two-tiers or spaces, one work area and another as an entertaining area. The work area should provide enough space so more than one person can join in and help in meal preparation. Meanwhile the entertaining area should provide comfortable seating for people to talk and hang out in and interact with the cooks and after the meal is ready, a place to enjoy eating it.

Whatever shape or style you choose for your countertop island make sure to take into consideration the amount of room it will take up. Remember you will have to be able to maneuver around the island and from there have easy access to the rest of the cooking area. The size, form and placement of a  island should never block the flow of kitchen traffic.

The picture above showcases a contemporary cooking space with classical inspiration which uses a neutral color scheme. It has whitecabinets with simple panelings and a gray salt and pepper granite countertop. It also has a large rectangular kitchen island in the middle, in a dark gray finish and topped with a thick slab of Calacatta marble.

The kitchen island has a space where you can stack three bar stools inside, in case you don’t intend to use them yet. The space is well lit with a variety of windows as well as hanging pendant lights above the island.

Kitchen peninsula with sink and light quartz counter top

Custom kitchen islands are a great way to maximize your kitchen’s efficiency and storage needs while helping you achieve the exact style you want.  The kitchen design in the image above demonstrates a coordinated balance of warm and cool gray tones.

While walls are finished with a warm gray/brown tone, the cabinets keeps itself in neutral white with a warm gray solid surface countertop which matches the walls. Stashed underneath the island counter, you will notice three bar stools with cool gray upholstery, helping balance out the warm tones of the kitchen.

Customization Costs

One of the easiest ways to get a custom kitchen island on a budget is to be creative with the material you use for the countertop. Granite countertops are a stylish, durable and classic choice but then can be a little pricey.

According to Consumer Reports, the price of granite ranges from $20-60 per square foot. Marble is also another popular material and its glossy surface is often associated with luxury kitchens – unfortunately, it also has the luxury price to match, usually going for $25-100 per square foot.

If you want the classic and classy look of granite, marble, and other natural stone countertops but are not so sure about shelling out that amount of money, a good alternative would be to put in quartz countertops. Quartz, otherwise known as engineered stone, is made from a mix of stone chips, resins and pigments. You can get quartz countertops for around $20-60 per square foot. These durable countertops come in a variety of colors and can convincingly mimic natural stone.

One of the most budget friendly materials you can use to get the custom made countertop that you want is laminate. To get a laminate countertop, you’re going to have to shell out only around $5-25 per square foot. It’s easy to be creative with laminate as this material is available in a wide array of colors and patterns. You can even get some that resemble the more expensive materials such as granite or marble.

Perhaps the most budget-friendly and easily customizable countertop material option available is tiles. To use tiles on your countertop, you should budget around $5 to 15 per square foot of countertop. Countertop tiles can be ceramic, porcelain, or stone and are durable and easy to clean and maintain. They are also beautiful and are available in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and pattern – very customizable.

Tiles allow you to get truly creative and create a unique look for your countertop. You can play around with the types of tiles you use, blending different colors and mixing different patterns to create a design that suits your tastes. You can even create a mosaic to truly ensure that you have a unique, one-of-a-kind custom countertop.

Wooden or artificial wood butcher block countertops are also relatively cheap at $30 per square foot. These wooden countertops work very well if you’re looking for a country or rustic looking kitchen. They also help add some homey warmth to an otherwise “cold” kitchen.

Kitchen with wood counter and navy blue cabinets

This cook space features a beautiful natural wood countertop island with rich navy blue cabinetry and brushed brass drum pendant lighting.

Quarter circle island with sink

This quarter-circle island counter is an ideal addition to the cook space. Made from built-up gypsum board with a white granite countertop, this area serves as the wash area, an additional preparation surface and a small dining/breakfast area as well.

The layout of the cooking hub with sink can be a big help with food preparation and clean up. The dark wengue stained barstools contrasts well with the white counters and the red upholstery matches the red accent pieces found on the rest of the kitchen.

Large two level island plus sink

A fairly large kitchen directly adjacent to the dining room which has a large island counter. It has two levels. The lower, standard counter-height part of the island has the under mount sink and the built-in dishwasher, while the larger and higher part of the island counter serves as additional preparation area and additional dining/breakfast space.

The whole cook space uniformly uses a gorgeous Himalayan white granite countertop. This large custom island demonstrates a two level design with a breakfast bar counter on one end, and a food preparation area on the other side.

Island Cabinets

Remember that your kitchen island is first and foremost your main working area. As such, a kitchen island countertop can incorporate a sink area or even an oven. The base of a kitchen island can also have a number of unique and functional element such as drawers, cabinets and other storage space.

Incorporating built-in cabinets into the base of your island is another great way to customize your work area. Another advantage to having cabinets in your island’s base is that you have storage space easily in hand. This makes food preparation easier and can help you maximize your available cooking space.

There are three basic cabinet types. These are stock, semi-custom, and custom. Make sure that you pick a cabinet type that matches your taste and your overall kitchen design.

Stock cabinets are also known as budget cabinets, and, as the name implies are the most budget-friendly cabinet option. You can get a stock cabinet for as little as $70 per foot. A stock cabinet can be bought pre-assembled or assembles from home centers.

While stock cabinets can be the most convenient choice, they do tend to be limited in terms of style or colors available. Semi-custom cabinets offer a bit more variety and – if you can’t find a stock cabinet that fits your vision for your dream kitchen design, is the second most budget friendly type of basic cabinet. The price range for a semi-custom cabinet starts at $150 per foot.

A basic semi-custom cabinet will use face-frame construction where the wood frames can be seen around the doors. Semi-custom cabinets also usually have custom options, allowing you to choose a size and material. They often also provide options as to types of finish and trim.

Custom cabinets are cabinets that are made from your exact specifications. While this means that you will be getting a cabinet that totally matches your vision for your dream kitchen, this also means you’re getting a cabinet that is pricier then the first two cabinets we mentioned. The cost for this type of cabinet starts at around $500 per foot.

Types of Countertop Island Cabinet Doors

You can also customize the cabinet bases of your island through your choice of cabinet door. Make sure that you choose a cabinet door style that matches your design and theme.

Flat panel cabinet doors are doors where the center panel is flat. These doors are very sleek and clean looking and go well with minimalistic, modern styles.

Raised panel cabinet doors are doors where the center panel is raised and surrounded by a contoured frame. These cabinet doors are usually favored by those who like a traditional look to their cooking space.

Slab cabinet doors are doors which come as a solid piece, with no frames or panels. These minimalistic doors are usually used in contemporary cooking area designs.

A Mullion cabinet door is a cabinet door that is made up of glass panes. The frame of the door is made of wood or aluminum and strips of this material create a grid over the glass panes. There are a lot of pretty designs that you can get with this type of cabinet door.

Upscale multilevel island in the kitchen

A large traditional kitchen with a large wengue-stained multi-level island. The standard counter height surface serves as additional preparation area for the cooking area, while the narrow bar-counter height surface is for dining. The island also integrates display and storage for wines on its sides and uses salt and pepper granite for its countertop.

Painted green cabinet with table top stove

This kitchen uses a lovely shade of emerald green for its cabinets, instead of opting for the more common wood finishes or neutral colors. It has a large kitchen island of the same finish, with an integrated cooktop and a beautiful slab of gray soapstone. An island with stove is great for entertaining guests and really helps the cook enjoy socializing during meal prep.

L-shaped kitchen with rounded granite island

The teak wood finishes used in these kitchen cabinets is consistent with the interior finishes, like the door frames and baseboards. The L-shape kitchen has a long worktop with a sienna granite countertop. Integrated into the kitchen island is a stainless steel sink and a small surface can accommodate two diners.

Empire style kitchen with gold mouldings and island

This unique empire-style kitchen uses cabinets painted in black, and has molding details painted with gold. It’s uniquely-shaped kitchen island uses the same finish as the main cabinets and uses cream-colored granite countertop to go with it. This island is mostly used for additional dining space, storage and preparation area.

Black granite countertop and off white cabinets

Another traditional-style kitchen which uses off-white painted cabinets and a slab of black granite countertop. The kitchen island in this design uses the same finishes as the main cabinets, but uses a thick slab of gray granite for its countertop with intricate nosing detail.

Custom wood island with pinewood cabinets

A classic kitchen design which also integrates a kitchen island counter in the center. Unlike most kitchen islands which follows a curved, rectangular or l-shape form, this one has a more irregular shape reminiscent of the shapes of classic moldings. The light pine cabinets give the space a softer look and matches well with the Himalayan white granite counters.

Dark countertips with dining chairs and stools

A dark-themed kitchen which combines dark finishes – dark wengue for the cabinets and black granite for the countertop. It has two kitchen islands, one of which is at standard counter height, and another at bar height.

Yellow themed kitchen with stainless steel hood

Matching the yellow theme of the room, the kitchen counters uses a yellow stone countertop material instead of the more common neutral choices. The yellow gold color and natural veins of the kitchen island granite counter blends well with the yellow walls and white cabinets and serves as a great additional counter space for washing the dishes and preparing food.

Stone accent wall, oak cabinets and granite counter

This kitchen island functions more as part of the kitchen than as additional bar/dining area. Built with solid Oak wood cabinets and beige granite countertop, it also has a built-in undermount sink and built-in dishwasher. The bar counter is separated from the kitchen island.

White cabinetry, black chairs and pendant lights

A black and white kitchen design space which uses mostly white cabinetry to create a bright-looking kitchen space.  The L-shape kitchen includes a large rectangular kitchen island with the same white cabinetry and black granite countertop.

Kitchen Floor Plans

Adding a kitchen island is an ideal way to create more counter space, display and storage to the kitchen. Here are some different island plans to help you find the design that is perfect for you and your families needs.

Gray granite and white storage spaces

This kitchen follows the classic kitchen cabinet design plan but has a more modern choice of color palette, mainly using white for its counters and a simple salt and pepper granite countertop. The sizable kitchen island counter is square in shape and is placed in the middle of the kitchen, making it an ideal preparation surface coupled with a built-in wash area.

Underneath the cabinet of the island one can find built-in wine storage and plenty of drawers and cupboards for storing utensils, pots and pans. The island features a two level design with a step up to a breakfast bar to provide more room from dining and entertaining.

Long island, chrome oven and laminate floors

A kitchen which uses a long island with light colors and finishes to create a bright-looking kitchen space. The warm color of its laminate floors adds a warm glow to the white-painted cabinetry, while the thick slab of sienna beige granite blends well with the flooring material. The kitchen island in the center also has the same white cabinets and countertop material, and only serves as additional prep area devoid of sinks or cook tops.

Interesting custom island in white with view of dining area

A showcase kitchen which effectively highlights the beauty of the kitchen to the dining area adjacent and the rest of the house. It has mahogany-stained main kitchen cabinets and a large kitchen island with white cabinets & drawers and gorgeous black and white granite countertop which goes up to the sides of the kitchen island.

Gray soapstone countertop with lamp style lights

A traditional-style inspired kitchen design, this large kitchen island modernizes the neoclassic details by removing other carving details. It is finished with dark gray paint and has a gray soapstone countertop and an integrated ceramic sink.

U shaped island with cabinets made of pine

A straightforward kitchen island, almost cubic in form. The island adapts to the u-shaped design and matches the kitchen counters with pine wood for the cabinetry and Bianca Sardo granite top. You will notice the repetitive square pattern found in the floor tiles, backsplash tiles and the French cabinet doors of the overhead cabinets.

Large white theme kitchen with bar stools

This single line kitchen design with island is setup to provide breakfast bar dining. The all-white finish of the kitchen and the kitchen cabinets highlights the natural beauty of the stone countertop used in this design.

The kitchen is mostly made up of the large rectangular kitchen island with a built-in induction cook top. Even the bar stools used for this kitchen are all white, creating a bright-looking kitchen with a little warmth from the color of the stone used.

Eat in dining island with stone backsplash

A mid-sized kitchen island which combines both additional bar and dining space with utility. This island counter includes an under mount sink and enough counter space for 3 barstools. There is also sufficient remaining space for additional work counter area.

Classic kitchen with golden walnut finish

Another classic kitchen design which uses a combination of finishes to achieve this look. The main kitchen cabinets are in a weathered white finish with light cream granite countertop. The kitchen island, however, retains its golden walnut finish and uses the same granite countertop.

Stylish solid surface countertop with built in cooking hob and white modern barstools

A modern kitchen design that focuses on simplicity and clean lines. It uses a uniform wood laminate finish all throughout the cabinets of the kitchen, creating a sleek and seamless appeal. It also has a large kitchen island with a built-in cooking hob and a seamless white solid-surface countertop. The kitchen island also serves as a dining/breakfast area, and is able to accommodate 3 at once.

Oval shaped island, built in sink and breakfast bar

This kitchen goes for a uniform all-wood finish, using wengue-stained solid wood for its cabinetry. There is an oval-shaped kitchen island in the middle with the same stained cabinets and black granite countertop.

It has a built-in sink and breakfast bar layout with 2 bar stools for dining. The granite countertop overhang allows for eat-in diners to have room underneath for their legs and the long rectangular design gives ample elbow room while eating.

Seating Styles

Extra large island with seating and white custom oven hood

This large kitchen island with seating is large enough to accommodate man diners comfortably. The extra large island counter serves not only as the food preparation area and the dining area but also as additional storage space underneath the counters. It has light gray classic cabinets, a black granite countertop and faux column baluster supports for the bar counter.

This matches the modern matte black pendant lamps and the black-painted rattan bar stools as well. an impressive custom oven hood with tile back splash make a bold statement and act as a focal point.

Cabinets with mahogany finish and stainless steel range

The natural stone countertop in this kitchen island is definitely the show-stopper feature of this kitchen. It integrates an under mount sink and cabinets for storage and is able to accommodate 3 diners.

The warm brown tones of the countertop material complements the Mahogany finish of the cabinets and the faux stone cladding on the wall with the kitchen stove. An attractive Wolf 36″ pro-style gas stainless steel range is the perfect complement for the chef of the house.

Island with integrated steel sink with stools with woven seats

This large kitchen island with seating sets itself apart from the main kitchen cabinets, by using oak-stained cabinets instead of ash white. For its countertop, it uses a thick slab of beige granite with a detailed nosing, and also integrates the kitchen sink. The wood bar stools with woven seats match the dark wood finish of the island.

Mirror panels, mahogany laminated wood cabinets and steel bar chairs

The use of large mirror panels helped enhance the space, making it look more spacious. It uses dark mahogany laminated cabinets with black granite countertop. It also has a kitchen island which uses the same finish as the main cabinets and integrates an under mount sink into its surface. The metal bar stools with wire backs are of a classic mid-century design.

White granite style kitchen island with stove top

This modern kitchen space places the range hob on the kitchen island, creating a kitchen that is perfect for entertaining guests and showing off your cooking know-hows to your guests. It uses a gorgeous slab of white granite countertop which goes well with the dark wengue laminated cabinets.

Luxury granite type island with dining surface

A spacious kitchen with a large rectangular kitchen island in Mahogany wood finish and a thick round-nosed slab of beige granite. A stainless steel under mount sink is integrated into the kitchen island and has enough space to accommodate 2 or 3 diners at once.

High gloss dining island with modern chrome stools

This contemporary kitchen design is mostly of high-gloss modern finishes and materials. A rectangular kitchen island with high-gloss red laminates stands in the middle of the kitchen. The kitchen island is multi-level, one of standard counter height and a cantilevered slab of black galaxy granite serves as the bar counter height surface.

Traditional kitchen with quarter circle island

This traditional-style full-sized kitchen has a small quarter circle kitchen island found at the center. it has matte white finish traditional cabinets with balusters and topped with a round-nosed red granite counter. It is able to accommodate 2 round wooden bar stools with red seat cushions matching the countertop material

Curved island made of granite with undercounter sink

A white-themed kitchen which has gorgeous black-painted wood plank floors to help emphasize the white cabinets and a gorgeous slab of white granite countertop. The kitchen island is in a semi-circular shape and has a pair of dark saddle bar stools to match.

Custom solid surface island in a luxury kitchen

This kitchen island maximizes the seamless appeal of solid surface by cladding all the stationary surfaces of the kitchen island. It has an additional higher counter for diners, snacking or getting casual drinks made from tempered glass and is mounted on stainless steel supports attached to the main island counter.

Large teak island with beveled edge counter

With a generous cook space, this kitchen design is able to integrate a large countertop  right at the center. The island’s dining/bar surface is supported by small white columns, while the rest of the kitchen cabinets are in Teak, It uses a gorgeous white quartz countertop to tone down the warm red of the teak.

Dark Millettia Laurentii wood cabinets with counter with round nosing

A large portion of this cook space is occupied by the massive quarter-circle island counter. The frame is made of dark Millettia Laurentii wood cabinets and has a thick slab of salt and pepper granite counter with round nosing. This countertops is mostly for additional dining space and food preparation area.

Classic white kitchen cabinets combined with chairs with gray seats

This large kitchen space follows a more classic cabinet design, which combines whitecabinets for its main counters and powder blue cabinets for its island counter. The island is quite large, placed in the middle and has a square shape. It has a built-in wash area and can sit 2 to 4 diners at once. Even when used as bar counter, it still has very sufficient space for food preparation and display.

Solid surface island top with bar counter with wood finish

Most modern kitchen designers love combining design aesthetic and utility, and this design is one good example for that. With quite a limited space, the main cabinets are all dedicated to the built-in ovens and refrigerator , and pantry storage space, occupying the full wall.

To make-up for this, it has a large rectangular island which has the essential cooktop and sink area. The countertop material used is a dark gray solid surface and includes a wooden butcher’s block on top of the solid-surface for the bar counter.

Rounded granite as countertop and undermount ceramic sink

Following a traditional design aesthetic, this food preparation zone uses classic cabinet designs with a traditional finish. Antiqued walnut cabinets are topped with beige granite countertops. It also has a large counter in the shape of a simple wall molding and integrated the under-mount ceramic sink and can sit four to five diners at once.

An L-shaped layout can get the  island ideas flowing by creating the need for a custom shape to accommodate better guests, such as in this rounded island design.

Countertops in beige granite and wooden tray with apples

This cook area design combines modern and traditional aesthetics. While its cabinets are traditional-inspired, they are laminated doors in red Mahogany and topped with beige granite with flat nosing. A long island is parallel to the long side of the  counter and also uses the same materials as the main cabinets. This island serves mostly for additional workspace, storage and dining as there are no cook range or sink integrated.

Black and white kitchen with black quartz counter

Clean and crisp, this black and white themed cooking area is a timeless beauty. It has traditional-style paneled cabinet doors in white and topped with a thick slab of black granite. The island stands in the middle, rectangular in size and quite massive. It has an under-counter ceramic sink and has three white bar stools for diners and spectators.

Island with white counter and traditional stools

With a regal and elegant appeal, this spacious cooking space will surely be the object of envy for many. It features vintage forms and finishes from its interior finishes up to the furniture and cabinetry themselves. The main cabinets are in a light yellow antiqued paint finish, while its massive island has mahogany-stained cabinets with granite countertop in an elegant shape reminiscent of molding profiles.

Red cupboards with glass dining counter

A small cooking area doesn’t always have to be devoid of an island. This particular example shows how islands help visually divide or segregate the cook space in an open style layout. Cabinets are built from simple ribbon-grain plywood with red mahogany stain and simple black granite. The islands also includes a higher bar-counter height surface from tempered glass which can accommodate two people.

Brick accent wall with yelloe wooden chairs

This is another example of a small cook space that is able to integrate an island into its design. To keep the design unified, the palette keeps itself consistent all-over. adapting one wood tone all throughout the space. It uses yellow-toned pine laminates for all cabinets and an azure countertop. The island is large and rectangular with no sink or range hob built-in. It also has 3 bar stools in the same finish as the cabinets.

Large Islands

Rectangular island with four barstools

Boasting a large window with a great view of the city, this working countertop is at the perfect spot. This island is at the standard counter height and integrates an under mount sink and is quite noticeably long, enough to accommodate 4 or even 5 diners. The counter is made from built-up gypsum and topped with a light cream colored granite.

Leather stools and gray laminate island

With an all-gray color scheme, this cook space boasts of elegance and masculinity. It has a large island with cabinets laminated in a light gray color and has a countertop with a dark gray laminate, with added texture to give variation to the surfaces. To match the theme of the cook space, it has modern cube stools with black leather seats and brushed stainless steel legs.

Upscale island with built in oven area

This traditional cook space design adds a modern twist to its classic design cabinets by combining the teak wood finished cabinets with dark-gray painted cabinets. The large U-shaped island has vertical wooden sidings in a gray paint finish and a thick red-orange granite countertop. The gap in the U-shaped island is meant for a large cooking range.

Beveled granite made island with rectangular shape

This small cook space is able to fit in a narrow worktable to provide additional preparation space. It has paneled cabinet doors in dark wengue finish and topped with a cream-colored granite countertop.

Kitchen with high ceiling and spacious working area with white ceramic sink

With an open-type plan and high ceiling, this cook space feels and looks spacious. The cabinet finishes have two different colors, the main cabinets having a light beige color and the cooking hub in a dark brown color. The island uses a thick slab of Seinna Beige Marble for its countertop, and has a lot of storage space and shelves for display.

Island with white base, Sienna Beige Marble and mahogany shelf

A neoclassic-inspired cook space with a large rectangular worktable. Its base has an ashy white finish and topped with blue azure granite countertop. It also integrates a  sink with complementing oil-rubbed fixtures. The cabinets are in cherry wood and contrast well against the white cabinet of the island.

Small Island Types

Large square island with Zen vibe

This modern cook space has an Asian zen-like simplicity and elegance. It has very simple cabinets in pine laminate finish with no moldings and topped with solid black granite countertop. In the middle of the cook space rests the square island with the same finishes as the main cabinets, and a built-in cooking hob. The design allows the user additional space for food preparation, as well as dining.

Raised dining area and white paneled kitchen cabinets with French chandeliers

With a European glam design style, this cook space will surely leave a fabulous impression. It has simple white paneled cabinets and black granite countertops. The L-shape design has a worktable in the center, square in shape, and has an upper bar counter height surface.

Minimalist bar height island in cream color

A modern cook space design with a slightly industrial-style aesthetic with exposed pipes and ducting. It uses plain light cream laminated cabinets all throughout the culinary space. There’s a small bar height in the middle with the same light cream laminates and a light cream solid surface countertop which is almost the same color as the laminates.

Modern design kitchen with cooktop and orange cabinets

This modern cook space uniquely combines dark wengue wood laminates with a bright orange laminate for its cabinets, creating a fun and refreshing palette for the cook space. It has a square island with a built-in induction cooker and a nice large surface for food preparation and for dining. The countertop material is granite placed on a plywood substrate.

Small modern kitchen with island and white backsplash

An example of a cook space design for a small space. This design includes an island which mostly functions as additional preparation area and as a dining area. The framing is laminated with a wengue color, while the countertop is white solid surface.

Narrow Island Layout Ideas

Black kitchen counter with orange base

A great example of a narrow cook space that is sizable enough to fit an island counter. Unlike the white-painted cabinets on the main counters, the worktable separates itself from the rest of the cook space with its teak wood cabinets and black granite countertop.

Long yellow granite two level island

As this cook space is quite narrow and long, a long multi level cooking hub was used. One surface is at standard dining table height, serving as additional dining area, while the other is at standard cook space counter height. Both surfaces uses sienna beige granite countertop.

White minimalist island with bar lights

Another modern cook space design which combines an ash-tone wood finish laminate with plain white laminates. This results to a warm and light color combination which is very visually appealing. A rectangular bar-height counter stands parallel to the main cook space counter and is made of light beige solid-surface material clad on a plywood framing.

Flower vase and satin fininsh faucet on countertop with white body

The combination of molding details and solid wood finishes add to the elegant appeal of this area. A narrow rectangular cooking hub stands in the middle, with white-painted cabinets and dark red granite countertop. It has a built-in undermount sink and satin-finish faucet that perfectly matches the aesthetic of the whole cook space.

Wrap around extra large kitchen in off white finish

Following the unique shape and layout of the cooking area, this wrap-around extra-large cooking hub adapts the shape of the wall in which the main cabinets are, forming half of a hexagon. The cabinets are made of solid wood with an off-white finish, while the countertop material is white as well. The large meal preparation space also has a built-in ceramic sink at the center and a range cooktop on the right end of the counter.

Modern Kitchen Counter Style

Kitchen with neon purple lighting

For this contemporary cook space design, its large square-shaped cooking hub counter is its most stand-out feature. Its countertop material is a gorgeous slab of golden spider beige stone and integrates bluish purple lights underneath the counters to create a dramatic effect. This cooking hub serves mostly as additional dining space as it is a little far from the main cook space counters.

Black and white kitchen with stainless hood

This ultra modern home definitely maximizes its open layout by utilizing its cooking hub to hold the induction cooker and the under-mount sink. The black granite countertop perfectly camouflages the induction cooktop, making it smooth and seamless, and perfect with the white-laminated drawers and cabinets.

Quartz floors and white piano finish cabinets

This is also a modern cookspace design, but unlike the previous examples, this particular design goes for the more glossy and reflective finishes rather than a combination of matte and reflective surfaces.

The floors are white quartz with white walls and white piano-finish cabinetry, making the whole cookspace look very bright. The polished black counter top on the cooking hub balances the bright surfaces, while the stainless steel trim between the counter and the cabinet transitions the cabinet and countertop material smoothly.

Curved granite island with stainless steel finish base

A modern cook space design that effectively capitalizes on the natural beauty of its finishes. Gorgeous walnut cabinets are kept unstained with a light layer of clear finish. This cookspace also has a very large cooking hub with two levels of counter heights.

One is at normal counter height with black travertine countertop and the same walnut cabinets, while the other one is at bar counter height with the same black travertine but with rounded corners and stainless steel body.

Red laminate finish cabinets with gray brown countertop

A spacious modern cook space, which goes for a bold red for its cabinets. All cabinetry is in red laminate finish combined with stainless steel and glass. The cooking hub is rectangular with a built-in induction cooktop and an overhead stainless steel range hood. While the cabinets are very modern, the countertop material choice is a more traditional, opting of a gray-brown granite countertop instead of solid surface.

White island with attached dining area

This modern cook space design is sleek and elegant, perfect for small spaces and open layout floor plans. The cabinets have a plain white finish with stainless steel handles. It has a rectangular cooking hub with white solid surface countertop and directly connected to the dining table which is made of a beige solid surface attached to the cooking hub.

Sleek black island with a basket full of lemon on top

This cooking hub is modern and sleek, with its high-gloss slate gray cabinets which counters the rough finish of the brick accent wall. Its countertop material is black solid-surface, creating a glossy and seamless finish.

Gray worktable in a modern style with circular stove hood

A gorgeous modern cookspace which combines warm walnut laminate finish with plain white laminates for its cabinets. The L-shape design has a large rectangular cooking peninsula in which the induction cooker is built-in. Instead of conventional stone or solid-surface materials, this island opts for the more modern option – a beige-colored laminate finish.

Light pinewood island with white laminate counter

This is another excellent example of a modern cook space design. It uses pine finish laminates for its cabinet doors and uses aluminum door handles to keep it sleek and modern. A large rectangular cooking peninsula stands in the middle with the same pine laminates as the main cabinets and topped with white solid-surface with an 8” wide fascia.

Weathered look island body with gold tinted countertop

Unlike the previous modern cook space design examples, this sample uses a unique type of laminates for its cabinets and center table. Instead of typical wood finish laminates, it uses laminate panels with a weathered wood design, creating a modern but rustic look. The cooking peninsula uses rose gold-tinted stainless steel countertop instead of stone surfaces, adding a sleek finish to the rustic-looking cabinets.

Rustic Island

Kitchen with rustic distressed wood island and white backsplash

A rustic culinary table with distressed wood is a great way to bring a touch of country charm into your otherwise contemporary design. This workspace utilizes a white marble countertop for the wood island contrasted by a gray quartz counter for the main counter area. A white tile backsplash with a chevron design pattern compliments the white cabinetry and open shelving.

Portable wood island and floor planks

This traditional cook space has an interesting portable rustic center island. Usual center islands have cabinets or bases designed similar to the main cabinets, but this culinary worktable is a piece of movable furniture. It’s a standard counter-height table with solid golden oak construction with large turned legs and no cabinets or drawers.

Barn style kitchen with weathered wood finish

This kitchen has a unique barn-inspired design uses weathered wood in its natural finish. The cook space also features a movable culinary worktable which is in rectangular in shape, which uses the same wood finish as the main cabinets. The countertop material is a black soapstone with gray ceramic tile siding.

Rustic kitchen style with chefs island

A cook space design that goes for the trendy modern industrial look combining wood finishes with dark rough surfaces and metal finishes. Its cabinet carcases are painted in a finish that mimics GI sheets and uses solid Oak drawer faces. It has a rectangular culinary worktable with the same finishes as the main cabinets. For its countertop, it uses solid-surface material, which mimics marble, and has a built-in sink made from the same solid-surface material.

Kitchen with two islands

This large traditional-style cook space has two food prep islands integrated into the design, allowing more people to work in the cook space simultaneously. One of the islands has a built-in undermount ceramic sink and a beige granite countertop. The other culinary worktable, however, has tiled countertop instead of a stone slab, and functions as a dining area and preparation area.

Traditional island with paneled walnut cabinets

This classic-style cook space has a slightly unusual layout. While most culinary work tables are parallel to the wall cabinets, this one slightly separates itself from the main cabinets. The gorgeous paneled walnut cabinets of the culinary worktable match well with the gray soapstone countertop. The island also features a small storage for goblets and wine glass at the side, in addition to a built-in sink and dishwasher.

Butcher Block Island

Gray main cabinets with beige granite counters

A butcher block culinary worktable with an oil finish can be a beautiful addition to your interior design. This cook space offers a white cabinet island that contrasts with the gray color of the main cabinets. The island serves as a breakfast bar for two as well as  an effective meal prep area complete with an under-counter sink.

Breakfast bar and oil stained butcher's block

Many culinary worktable ideas originate from the need to maximize a smaller space. This island helps by being an eat-in breakfast bar, providing under counter storage and offering plenty of extra space for food preparation.  Instead of the usual stone countertop materials, a wooden butcher’s block countertop could be an excellent option you can use for your island, like in this example. The oil-stained wooden surface adds elegance and warmth to the yellow-beige meal crafting hub cabinets, complimenting the wooden finish of the main cabinets.

Faux masonry finished walls and oak block countertop

Worktop counter ideas with light wood counters offer a warm ambiance that homeowners love. This traditional cook space sets itself apart from the rest with its use of gorgeous solid Oak butcher block countertop for its main counter and its culinary workstation. The wood tone helps bring warmth to the white cabinets while maintaining its traditional chic appeal. The faux masonry finished walls also complement the countertop material well.

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  1. really like the rounded kitchen island design. would like to do on a smaller scale. Do you have any measurements that i could use to scale it down? thankyou

  2. Can you tell me where to purchase those lights from the first photo of this page.

    They are oval glass pendant lights. It is the first kitchen that has the gray island that has legs on it.
    I want to know where to buy the pendants.
    Thank you. best

    1. Hi Linda,

      Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on the pendant light fixtures found in that kitchen. That particular image is a stock photo from Shutterstock from user Pics721.

      Thank you for your comment

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