Kitchen Islands – 8 Stunning Ideas For Spaces Big & Small

Dreaming of a kitchen island? Don’t let the size of your kitchen faze you.

Dreamy and functional, kitchen islands are the real stars and focal points of the home. From cooking prep to casual dining to storage, these workhorses do it all.

Whether you dream of creating a spot for homework, gourmet meals, or morning coffee, a practical and beautiful island will be the most used area in the house. We’ve gathered some enviable kitchen island configurations for apartment living and houses by top architects and interior designers.

1. See through table top

In this townhouse in Jing’an, China, the kitchen and dining spaces are kept open plan to facilitate communal cooking and gatherings. In the compact U-shaped kitchen, the addition of a hardy kitchen island in a transparent material is unexpected and refreshingly modern. Interior architecture by Mason Studio

2. Standalone sink

The kitchen features white cabinets, concrete floors, and stained cedar ceilings to match the Mahogany fenestration finishes. A built-in washing area expands the function of the kitchen island. Interior architecture by Trevor McIvor Architect.

3. Coordinated and neatly organised

The simple and functional island design maintained a coordinated kitchen appeal, with storage cabinets, counter seating and is topped with sleek work top. Interior architecture by Interval Architects.

4. Cat-friendly kitchen island

The kitchen island features a textured engineered walnut veneer and a Kompacplus countertop in Denver Travertine. An open storage unit is added as a feeding station for the house cat. To complement the overall modern aesthetics, the kitchen has a neutral palette comprising grey engineered wood cabinetry and a white quartz countertop. Interior design by Collective Designs.

5. Stainless steel kitchen island

Stainless steel back splashes, Perspex chairs and minimalist pendant lighting complements the opulent bespoke counter in blue agate crystals. An unexpected piece of art on the ceiling adds theatrical flair. Interior decoration by Boca Do Lobo.

6. Dog-friendly kitchen island

The kitchen is open plan in a white theme to complement the wooden palette. A section of the continuing wall is integrated with space for the pet dog to rest.  Interior architecture by STUDIO AC

7. Marble and glass kitchen island

A marble kitchen island with a tinted mirror base adds character to the open plan kichen. Wall cabinetry in dark wood remains handle-free and opens up to hidden storage. Interior design by Elemensts ID.

8. Glamorous kitchen island

Modern by design, the kitchen is fully equipped with the latest and state-of-the-art amenities. Classic ornamental lighting and organic shapes of the counter stools create a powerful statement. A small marble kitchen island for a quick meal is the perfect place to start the day. Interior decoration by Covet House.

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