13 Kitchen Islands That Will Have You Wishing for More Counter Space
The Best Kitchen Island Inspiration (in shades of gray and white).
Published Mar 21, 2017 5:00 AM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dark Grey Any Day
If darker shades are more your style, don’t shy away from gray. Warm up the space with acolorful backsplash
and light complementary cabinetry for a cozy look that’s perfect as you cook.