Kitchen Island Countertops

Choose the best surface for your kitchen island.

Concrete, Wood and Steel Kitchen Island Detail

Concrete, Wood and Steel Kitchen Island Detail

What's the best material for your kitchen island countertop—granite, butcher block, stainless steel, laminate or concrete? While maintenance, durability and budget should be top concerns, you should start with the basics.

99 Beautiful Kitchen Island Design Ideas

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Rustic Kitchen Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Large Island

Contemporary Kitchen

Picasa

Mediterranean Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Featuring Green Granite

Black and White Transitional Kitchen

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Modern Design Open Kitchen with Breakfast Bar

Country Cream Kitchen with Island and Pot Rack

Kitchen with Island and Pantry

Ben Rollins

White Contemporary Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling

2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY 2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY View original photo.

White Contemporary Kitchen with Yellow Wall

Blue Kitchen with Island

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Country Kitchen with Blue Island

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Julia West

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Kitchen Island with Chandeliers

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Kitchen Island with Pot Rack and Copper Pots

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Kitchen with Bar

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

White Contemporary Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen Island

White Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Contemporary White Kitchen

Gray Kitchen Island with Sink

Kitchen Island with Sink

Kitchen with Bar

Contemporary White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen

Yellow and Green Retro Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

White Kitchen with Island Seating

Contemporary Kitchen with Pendant Lighting

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen with Island

Transitional Kitchen Island Seating

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Bo Li

Kitchen with Island

Denver Parade of Homes Photo Credit: HDR Homes

Kitchen with Island and Recycled Stools

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Photo Credit: Ralph Kylloe

Brown Old World Eat-In Kitchen

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Black and White Kitchen

Kitchen with Breakfast Bar

Denver Parade of Homes Photo Credit: Jay Simon, Jay Simon Photography

Kitchen Island with Multi-Colored Cabinets

Traditional Kitchen Island

Transitional Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Orange Wall

Transitioanl Kitchen with Island

Stainless Steel Kitchen

Shaker Kitchen

Kitchen Island with White Chairs

Kitchen Island with Seating

Traditional Brown Kitchen with Island

Family Kitchen

Bright Kitchen

Cottage Kitchen with Island

Peter Rymwid

Open Kitchen with Large Island

Old World Style Kitchen with Island

Brown Kitchen with Island

Round Counter Bar with Pendant Lighting

Blue Kitchen with Island

Brown Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Wood Counter Island

White Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Island

Small Kitchen Island

Open Kitchen/Living Room with Island

Ani Semerjian View original photo.

Transitional Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Island

Neutral Kitchen with Bar Seating

Kitchen Island with Seating

Kitchen with Island Bar Seating

Large Kitchen Island with Lighting

White Kitchen with Island

White Kitchen Island

Contemporary Kitchen Island

Traditional Kitchen Island

First, is the island base sturdy enough to accommodate a weighty countertop? Granite, for example, is a heavy surface; when placed atop an older island (or one made of composite wood), those bases may not be able to tolerate the extra weight.

Second, consider the island's most important functions. If its main purpose is extra work and prep space, consider butcher block; many of its finishes and wood grains can withstand chopping, slicing and dicing directly on its surface.

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Finally, as many certified kitchen designers will tell you, kitchen island countertops don't necessarily have to match other countertops in the space. Use this as an opportunity to differentiate the two surfaces; let a butcher-block top, for example, warm up a kitchen with concrete counters, or allow a stainless steel top to introduce a new, shiny material into a space with mostly wood surfaces.

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