There’s nothing quite like having a kitchen island.

While other kitchen designs are fun, including a kitchen island combines practicality and aesthetic appeal beautifully.

There are so many ways you can have your kitchen island. Let’s take a look at 24 of the best kitchen island ideas.

Why Are These The Best Kitchen Island Ideas?

Our in-depth guide to the best kitchen island ideas includes a description of the specifications and a conclusive star rating out of five.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 24 best kitchen island ideas.


Add Seating To Your Kitchen Island

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If you’ve already got an existing kitchen island that is essentially a block of wood or metal sitting in the center of the kitchen, why not add to it for practicality?

There are a number of things you can do to spruce up an existing kitchen island. One of these is by adding seating. Extend the benchtop to jut out over the island’s edge to accommodate for bar seating.

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This type of island sounds glamorous, but it’s more about functionality than anything else. A Waterfall kitchen island is where you include the sink with an extendable tap that can reach around to rinse and wash.

We love the idea of having your sink in your kitchen island. It means that clean up is easy and you can do most of your cooking right here in the middle of the kitchen.

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Orleans Kitchen Island with Marble Top by Home Styles
  • Orleans kitchen island with quartz top
  • Made of powder coated steel with a quartz veneer top
  • Features include two fixed shelves for storage

These two materials might sound like they clash. However, you’d be amazed at what they look like when paired together.

We recommend having the marble as the benchtop and the metal for the sides. Marble is visually appealing and needs to be shown off. If you get an attractive metal like copper, this can also be on display by plating the sides of your kitchen island with it.

Mirrored Surface Kitchen Island

Mirrored Surface Kitchen Island

If you want to make an impact and wow your guests, why not try constructing your kitchen island out of mirrors, as well as metal.

You can even go for a checkered pattern with the mirrors so that it's not just one large sheet. This will reflect other high points of the room and give the impression that your kitchen is larger than it is.

Stainless steel goes great with this mirrored look.

Gold Kitchen Island

Gold Kitchen Island

Don't worry – it's not real gold. However, if you have a specific décor that your house is decorated with, you can pair it with something shiny and shimmery.

A gold-plated kitchen island goes great with whites and coppers, so it's worth thinking about how you want your house to look when all is said and done.

You can even mix it up and have white for the benchtop surface with gold on the sides.

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Country Lodge Pin Kitchen Island by Home Styles
  • Design elements include the rustic aged look of weathered wood combined with “X” frame pattern and canted corners

If you’re originally from a farming background and love the rustic look of old wood, why not incorporate it into your kitchen island?

You can construct the benchtop out of solid stone and have crossbeam country wood for the sides. You can even source old barn wood for this project – just give it a sanding and a polish, and you’re good to go.

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You may be someone who is always considering the practical side of things. What’s the point in having something in the kitchen that’s not going to do something, right?

Make your kitchen island more practical by installing some slide out drawers underneath. This way, you can keep all your kitchen items neatly stored out of sight.

Because they’re in the island, they’re easy to access if you need something quickly. The beauty of this kitchen island design is that you can have as many storage drawers as you want.

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Crafters a Weavers Sawyer Solid Parota Wood Kitchen Island
  • Solid Parota Wood
  • Multiple shelves and storage spaces add convenience and versatility
  • Extended table top gives option for comfortable bar stool seating on one side

Warm woods for your kitchen island benchtop go with many different architectural styles, which is why we love this look. It’s versatile and means you can choose whichever wood you like working with the best.

If the rest of your kitchen comprises darker colors, a warm wood can liven it up a bit. A warm wood surface can also look great with warmer colors as well.

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Maybe you’re someone who doesn’t mind having their kitchen appliances on display – especially if you’ve spent a lot of money on them. This can also make them even more accessible.

Try building in open storage to your kitchen island. This is easier than closed storage – it merely means allowing for gaps in the island itself where you can hang pots and pans.

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Woodbridge White Kitchen Island & 2 Stools by Home Styles
  • Construction consists of a white finish over hardwood solid and engineered woods with a honey oak top and nickel...
  • Preparation counter top measures 30-1/2-inch height from the floor. Home styles kitchen island 24-inch bar stool...
  • Assembly required

Your kitchen island doesn’t necessarily have to be confined to your kitchen. If you’ve got more of an open plan look in your home, why not try extending it as far as it will go and incorporating the dining area.

Having a larger kitchen island is great, as it can double as a dinner table and a bar for guests to sit around when you’re preparing the meal.

Marble Kitchen Island

Marble Kitchen Island

We've briefly mentioned the aesthetic appeal of marble. Why not try constructing your kitchen island entirely out of marble?

This design isn't for the faint-hearted. To begin with, marble is expensive, so this type of kitchen island is suited to people that don't have too much of a budget.

The great thing about marble is that it’s hardy and extremely durable. While it may set you back a bit in the beginning, it will last the greater part of a lifetime.

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If you're someone who prefers darker colors for décor, why not try and mix it up entirely by constructing your kitchen island with white?

White, while easy to get dirty, can also open up space as well. White is an excellent option if your kitchen is quite compact and you're looking for a way to make it appear more prominent.

If you’re slowly becoming convinced by the white idea, you may be brave enough to try our next best kitchen island design.

Many kitchens are decorated with dual tones. If you’ve already got a number of black and white objects in your kitchen, why not add to them by making your island black and white?

We recommend having a white benchtop with black sides. The result will be a striking kitchen island.

Centered Kitchen Island

Centered Kitchen Island

There are all kinds of different positions to have your kitchen island in. Some people like to turn it into a bar – others prefer it to resemble the dining table.

Why not make the most of the space in your kitchen by centering it directly in the middle? Kitchen islands are a great centerpiece for a kitchen. All other activity can easily be done around your kitchen island.

If you design it well enough, you’ll want it to be the center of attention.

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  • Solid hardwood and wood veneer construction
  • Fully functional doors and drawers on both sides
  • Butcher block top

You may have thought up until this point that you have to choose between storage and seating. Instead, why not try incorporating both into your kitchen island design?

At one end of the island, you could include three or four storage drawers, and at the other end, you could leave a bit of space for two or three chairs to be placed.

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Who says that it’s all about the kitchen island? If you’re on a bit of a budget and can’t spend too much on the island itself, why not indulge a bit and treat your kitchen to some state of the art stools to pair with it?

If you have stools that are making a statement, you can afford to keep your island plain and simple, saving money in the process.

Appliance Kitchen Island

Appliance Kitchen Island

Our next kitchen island design takes practicality to a whole other level. Yes, you can include storage space for kitchen utensils, whether it's open or closed.

What about your kitchen appliances, though? Why not try and leave blocks of space within the design of your island so you can include your microwave and dishwasher?

You’d be amazed at how hidden these appliances become. They certainly don’t take away from the overall aesthetic of your island.

Table Kitchen Island

Table Kitchen Island

We’ve talked briefly about using your kitchen island as your dining table.

However, there are other ways to have your cake and eat it too. Try designing your kitchen island and then picking out a dining table that’s very similar.

These two kitchen furnishings can be placed parallel to one another, complementing and completing the overall look. Plus, if your island is close enough, it will be effortless to transfer dinner over.

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Linon Roger Kitchen Island w Granite Top in White
  • White and grey granite top
  • Wine rack, front facing drawer and basket for storage
  • Silver hardware

Perhaps you’re someone who loves that squeaky-clean shine after all is said and done. The kitchen doesn’t look clean until it’s shining.

Granite is a great material to use for your kitchen island benchtop. It's similar to marble in the way that it's durable and hardy. What we love about granite is that it cleans well, resulting in a beautiful sheen that will make your kitchen look home show worthy.

Shelves And Drawers Kitchen Island

Shelves and Drawers Kitchen Island

Similar to the seating or storage dilemma is the shelves or drawer’s debacle. Do you want shelves to be used underneath your kitchen island benchtop, or would you prefer closed off drawers?

If you can’t decide, why don’t you incorporate both into your kitchen island design? You can have it so that the drawers sit at the top near the surface and the shelves are placed underneath.

This way, you can have open and closed storage.

Minimalist Kitchen Island

Minimalist Kitchen Island

There’s a lot to be said for marble – it has many different uses when it comes to architecture and décor.

It's also an ideal material to use when trying to achieve a minimalist vibe. Instead of including drawers, shelves, and unnecessary space, why not just combine two or three slabs of marble together?

If you've got plenty of storage elsewhere in your kitchen, you can leave the island just to sit there and look beautiful.

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Who says that your storage shelves have to sit underneath, requiring you to bend down every time you need something?

Why not go for the side shelf look, where shelves are constructed at each end of the kitchen island. This means they’ll be accessible at hand height, allowing you to store kitchen items you use on a regular basis, like plates and bowls.

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There’s a lot to be said for the accessories that often come with a kitchen island. If your island is in the middle of the kitchen and is primarily self-sufficient, you may want to think about including some overhead lights for extra visibility.

Long, hanging pendant lights are in vogue at the moment. The longer they hang, the more decorative you can get with them – as long as they don’t end up in the food.

Matching Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

If you’re a stickler for uniformity, there’s a good chance that you’ll want your kitchen island to match the rest of your kitchen.

If you have been dreaming about a kitchen island for years, you could even take this opportunity to redecorate the rest of your kitchen, too.

Why not use the kitchen island as the guide for what you want the rest of the kitchen to look like?

Comparison Table

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Add Seating to Your Kitchen Island

Add Seating to Your Kitchen Island

Knotty Live Edge Bartop Countertop Natural Redwood Raw Wood Slab...

Orleans Kitchen Island with Marble Top by Home Styles

Mirrored Surface Kitchen Island

Mirrored Surface Kitchen Island

Gold Kitchen Island

Gold Kitchen Island

Country Lodge Pin Kitchen Island by Home Styles

Kings Brand White with Marble Finish Top Kitchen Island Storage...

Crafters a Weavers Sawyer Solid Parota Wood Kitchen Island

Homegear Open Storage V2 Kitchen Storage Cart w/Rubberwood Cutting...


Woodbridge White Kitchen Island & 2 Stools by Home Styles

Marble Kitchen Island

Marble Kitchen Island

HOMCOM Portable Multi-Storage Rolling Kitchen Island Storage Cart with...

251 First Selby Solid Black Granite Top Kitchen Island in White Finish

Centered Kitchen Island

Centered Kitchen Island

Crosley Furniture Kitchen Island with Butcher Block Top and 24-inch...

Christopher Knight Home Chantal Backless Ivory Leather Counter Stools...

Appliance Kitchen Island

Appliance Kitchen Island

Table Kitchen Island

Table Kitchen Island

Linon Roger Kitchen Island w Granite Top in White

Shelves And Drawers Kitchen Island

Shelves and Drawers Kitchen Island

Minimalist Kitchen Island

Minimalist Kitchen Island

Linon Roger Kitchen Island w Granite Top in White


Lanros Industrial Mini Pendant Lighting with Handblown Clear Seeded...

Matching Kitchen Island

Matching Kitchen Island

Looking At 24 Best Kitchen Island Ideas

When it comes to building your dream kitchen island, the possibilities are endless.

From marble and granite to shelves, stools, and storage, there are many different ways you can achieve the result that's in your head.

With our list of the 24 best kitchen island ideas, you’re bound to find a design that has your name written all over it.

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