By Julia Malacoff

Published on March 21, 2017

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Photography by WOLFE-RIZOR INTERIORS

Let’s face it—the process of creating your dream kitchen island can be a tricky task. With so many materials to consider, finding the perfect balance between durability and style can make it tough to pinpoint the one that’s right for you. Luckily, these 13 Caesarstone islands offer plenty of kitchen inspiration to get you started.

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Photography by JESSICA MARX

Black and White Beauty

This black and white combo, designed by Jessica Marx, is a modern example of contrast done right. It’s easy for a classic color pairing to veer into not-so-chic territory, but this kitchen is all elegance and style. Plus, the gold accents work with the white countertop to lighten and brighten the entire room.

Caesarstone® #5131 Calacatta Nuvo

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Photography by BRIAN THOMAS JONES

In the Clouds

In the case of a gorgeous kitchen, going monochromatic is anything but boring. Sticking to an all-white palette is a simple way to create a clean, minimal space that still garners major impact. 

Caesarstone® #5141 Frosty Carrina

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Photography by THREE BIRDS RENOVATIONS

Perfectly Pastel

With pastels, you can risk going from shabby chic to dated in an instant. But the addition of a subtle marble-effect countertop makes this space feel sophisticated instead of cutesy. Keep things sleek with minimal accessories, as the main materials speak for themselves.

Caesarstone® #5111 Statuario Nuvo

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Photography by MICHELLE LORD INTERIORS

Mid-Century Mood

This kitchen is a Mid-Century Modern enthusiast’s dream. With two offset islands that feature bright white countertops, the room is not only cleverly designed, but also maintains a light and airy vibe alongside the natural wood surfaces. It’s the best of both worlds.

Caesarstone® #1141 Pure White

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Photography by MILA DESIGN VIA HOUZZ

Mixed Materials

With so many design styles to choose from, it can be hard to pick just one. So why not have them all? Combining a white engineered stone island with a natural wood inset lends an earthy element to an otherwise contemporary kitchen. Then add in a mix of gray and white cabinetry to avoid a plain or sterile look.

Caesarstone® #1141 Pure White

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Photography by TWO PEAS AND THEIR POD

Revamped Traditional

This kitchen proves that traditional style does not equal dark or dull. What’s more, it features two massive islands as the main focal point, one just for prep and the other for eating. For anyone who’s ever lived in a house or apartment with a tiny cooking space, this looks and feels like the ultimate luxury.

Caesarstone® #5111 Statuario Nuvo

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Photography by MARK REILLY ARCHITECTURE

Beauty in Simplicity 

With a gorgeous outdoor view serving as your kitchen backdrop, it’s important to keep the indoor design elements simple and elegant. Bring the natural beauty inside with earth tone surfaces and clean lines that keep the eye focused on the great outdoors.

Caesarstone® #4030 Pebble 

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Photography by TIM WILLIAMS VIA WEBER INTERIOR DESIGN

Small Space to the Max

A large, squared-off island is a great way to make the most of a smaller kitchen space. Neutral colors work best for all of the finishes but bright stools and accessories add a pop of color without being overwhelming.

Caesarstone® #2003 Concrete

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Sneaky Storage

You can never have too many cooking tools—so consider adding built-in island shelves for extra storage. It’s a stylish yet functional way to keep the things you need (and love) in your kitchen while hiding your less aesthetically-pleasing items out of sight.

Caesarstone® #4030 Pebble

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Photography by ERIN HOLSONBACK VIA LAURA BURTON INTERIOR

Double Duty

Make the most of a large open space with two mid-width islands. Not only do you double the storage, you’ll have plenty of space for cooking too. In this case, the alternating cabinet and countertop colors add a playful twist to an otherwise understated interior.

Caesarstone® #2003 Concrete

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Photography by MARY HICKEY INTERIORS

Glamorous Contrast

Looking for something a bit more transitional? Start with a dark wood base for that traditional feel and complement it with a sleek white surface. Add a personal touch with your favorite patterned backsplash and you’ve got a glam kitchen that’s sure to impress.

Caesarstone® #4600 Organic White

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Photography by STUDIO MCGEE

Smart Stools

If you don’t feel the need for formal seating, a kitchen island is the perfect place for casual sit downs. Whether eating, cooking, or keeping someone company in the kitchen, you’ll have plenty of space to accomplish any task.

Caesarstone® #5141 Frosty Carrina

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Photography by BAYVIEW KITCHEN DESIGN

Dark Grey Any Day

If darker shades are more your style, don’t shy away from gray. Warm up the space with a colorful backsplash and light complementary cabinetry for a cozy look that’s perfect as you cook.

Caesarstone® #5003 Piatra Grey