Kitchen Island Table Ideas and Options

Bring on supper! These ideas for kitchen island tables are perfect for family meals or buffet-style parties.
Kitchen Island with Built-In Bench

Kitchen Island with Built-In Bench

A bright kitchen features a unique island with built-in bench seating, creating an intimate dining area.

A bright kitchen features a unique island with built-in bench seating, creating an intimate dining area.

As handy as a kitchen island is for storage and prep, turning it into a spot where you can gather for meals increases its usefulness by a factor of about a million. And since there are as many island styles as kitchens, wouldn't you know that there are just as many kitchen island table ideas and options?

99 Beautiful Kitchen Island Design Ideas

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Rustic Kitchen Island

   

Contemporary Kitchen with Large Island

Contemporary Kitchen

   

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Mediterranean Kitchen

   

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Beige Eclectic Kitchen

   

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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

White Country Kitchen with Island

Kitchen with Island and Pantry

   

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White Contemporary Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling

   

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White Contemporary Kitchen with Yellow Wall

   

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Blue Kitchen with Island

   

From: Leta Austin Foster

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Country Kitchen with Blue Island

   

From: Julia West

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Kitchen with Island

Kitchen Island with Chandeliers

   

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Kitchen Island with Pot Rack and Copper Pots

   

From: Barry Dixon

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Kitchen with Bar

   

From: Barry Dixon

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White Contemporary Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen is a mix of cutting-edge modern and industrial touches. It is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances and luxury materials like marble on the countertops and the island.

From: Kathleen Perkins

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White Transitional Kitchen

A contrasting gray island with wood countertop adds a punch of color to this white traditional kitchen. The ornate built-in surround for the refrigerator adds visual interest while the pendant light above brings a modern element to the space.

White Transitional Kitchen Island

For a family with three young children, access and durability were key kitchen design considerations for designer Vanessa DeLeon. After considering a traditional island with counter-height seating, she opted for a more manageable, easier-access arrangement: a 36"-high island with a built-in banquette and stylish, generously sized dining table by End Grain Furniture and Design featuring a reclaimed top and glass overlay.

White Kitchen with Island

A wall of windows offers this traditional kitchen plenty of light with a beautiful backyard view. A matching island offers additional seating and ample work space. Gray and white counters and stainless steel hardware add visual interest while a simple purple flower arrangement adds a pop of color.

Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Contemporary White Kitchen

The countertop view of this contemporary kitchen showcases a long marble island under modern pendant lighting. The symmetrical design of the kitchen features small windows and frosted glass-front cabinetry.

Gray Kitchen Island with Sink

White countertops crisply contrast this kitchen's gray cabinets and island and its stainless steel appliances, pendant lights and hardware.

Kitchen Island with Sink

To help this open concept kitchen and living room feel unified, the designer chose a palette of gray and white. In the kitchen, gray cabinets pair with white countertops. In the living room, the furnishings are a mix of the two colors.

Kitchen with Bar

This contemporary white kitchen is accented by a micro-mosaic tile backsplash and industrial barstools at the breakfast bar.

Contemporary White Kitchen

Not only does this kitchen island add extra counter space for meal preparation, it also serves as a dining spot for two. The kitchen's streamlined cabinetry keeps the contemporary space feeling bright and fresh.

Contemporary Kitchen

A wall of cabinetry highlights stainless steel appliances – including coveted double ovens – in this transitional kitchen. Kitchen fixtures and a stainless steel faucet add an additional gleam to the mix.

Yellow and Green Retro Kitchen

An oversized island and rustic farmhouse sink create warmth with plenty of working space in this rustic kitchen.

White Contemporary Kitchen Island

The large dark wooden island, complete with built-in wine rack and prep sink, contrasts against the white countertops and walls of this contemporary kitchen. White upholstered chairs with nailhead trim sit under two black pendant lights with crystal fringe. A cream marble wall section behind the white range hood brings a elegance to the space.

From: Jennifer Gilmer and Lauren Levant

Kitchen Island

This traditional kitchen features the modern touches of professional appliances, globe chandelier, and a banquette dining space.

White Kitchen with Island Seating

This black and white kitchen features black subway tile, plenty of storage via white cabinetry and a large island where dining can take place.

From: Elizabeth Tranberg

Contemporary Kitchen with Pendant Lighting

This open, contemporary kitchen has high white ceilings and light wooden cabinets. The large island features a dark countertop and wooden bar dining area. Red pendant lighting adds a touch of color to the light kitchen.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen with Island

An island with cooktop and secondary sink, placed close to the dishwasher and wall ovens, creates a practical cooking/clean-up zone with the refrigerator smartly set apart to keep work zones separated. Another goal was to have a place to perform culinary demonstrations

From: Barney Maier and Barney Maier

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Transitional Kitchen Island Seating

Designer Bo Li used big design ideas to turn this small kitchen into a stunningly spacious, transitional space. Patterned upholstery gives the kitchen island seating a decorative touch while white cabinetry and rich textiles to enrich the space. A breakfast bar like this one can serve as an informal place to eat, or as functional seating for when your party guests inevitably end up in the kitchen with you. This granite breakfast bar doubles as a kitchen island and features comfortable upholstered stools.

From: Bo Li

Kitchen with Island

This open concept great room makes the most of the home's expansive views, letting them be seen from the kitchen, dining and living areas. The island and pendant lights help to separate off the kitchen.

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Kitchen with Island and Recycled Stools

Beat a fast retreat here from the big city and relax in rustic style. The kitchen island is made from recycled pine trees and rough cut pine boards. The iron bar stools feature woven leather seats and backs.

From: Larry Pearson

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Brown Old World Eat-In Kitchen

Rich brown cabinets and hardwood floor create this stunning traditional kitchen with ornate metal barstools around a large wood-paneled island.

From: Celebrity Communities

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Black and White Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen features sleek black cabinets contrasted with crisp white countertops. The stainless steel appliances, hardware and lighting add shine to the space, while beautiful hardwood floors provide warmth. A gray and white backsplash brings a lightness to the room.

From: Montreux Custom Homes

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Kitchen with Breakfast Bar

Dark brown wood cabinets, island and barstools give this open plan kitchen a stately mood. The pendants and ladder back barstools draw the eye up and help the ceilings feel higher.

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Kitchen Island with Multi-Colored Cabinets

This transitional kitchen features multi-colored wall-to-wall cabinetry and a tiled backsplash, adding a rustic look to the space.

Traditional Kitchen Island

This large traditional kitchen features two islands with granite countertops and a custom hutch for displaying dishware.

Transitional Kitchen with Island

A red furniture-style island blends with a sleek contemporary chandelier in this eat-in kitchen for a harmonious transitional design. Varying cabinet colors add character to the space and visually define the functional areas of this kitchen from designer Richard Anuszkiewicz.

Traditional Kitchen with Island

This beautiful large kitchen from designer Bryan Reiss takes advantage of the present architecture with an exposed brick wall and arched leaded glass windows. The kitchen accents this beautiful wall by including a large copper range hood over its professional stainless steel range.

Contemporary Kitchen with Orange Wall

This gray contemporary kitchen feature a large, modern island with plenty of space for meal preparation and entertaining. Stainless steel appliances pop against black cabinetry while the white countertop adds a clean, modern feel. The orange wall and artwork add a blast of color to the space.

Transitioanl Kitchen with Island

Stainless Steel Kitchen

This traditional kitchen features white cabinets, lots of natural wood and industrial-grade stainless steel appliances.

Shaker Kitchen

Mary Beth Hartgrove of Metropolitan Kitchen & Bath transformed a cramped kitchen with little aesthetic appeal into a transitional masterpiece. Mindful of the home's more traditional architecture, Hartgrove blended contemporary elements to complement the homeowners' taste.

Kitchen Island with White Chairs

A white tile backsplash provides contrast to the blue cabinet color. A row of white barstools complements the white backsplash and countertops while chrome pendant lights over the large island add an industrial flair to this sleek space.

Kitchen Island with Seating

This traditional kitchen by designer Kerry Fidler sports recessed panel cabinet doors in beige. Rustic lights hang overhead, and a kitchen island -- surrounded by casual, wood and cane chairs and topped by a vase of cheery sunflowers -- provides an inviting spot for dining.

Traditional Brown Kitchen with Island

This traditional kitchen has white cabinets with a dark brown island and a patterned tile back splash that adds style to this space. The large island provides extra counter space, storage and an additional prep area.

Family Kitchen

A spacious island with room for three is the centerpiece of this transitional, white kitchen. The classic look is completed by the textured tile backsplash, glass pendants and light-colored cabinets.

From: Karen Kettler

Bright Kitchen

This kitchen combines design aspects of traditional country style such as natural lighting and detailed cabinetry, with contemporary elements such as patterned furniture and stainless steel appliances. Designed by Laura Umansky.

Cottage Kitchen with Island

White beadboard and a coffered ceiling fill this cottage kitchen with romantic charm. The metal scrollwork on the barstools is a delicate and perfect pairing.

Open Kitchen with Large Island

This airy blue kitchen is open to the adjoining dining room, allowing plenty of natural light to wash over the entire space, including the bright white cabinets and marble countertops.

From: Kerri Kanter

Old World Style Kitchen with Island

Mushroom-colored walls and cabinets, combined with golden granite countertops and custom wood moldings, complete this Old-World kitchen remodel. A large dark-finished island complements the neutral tones in the space.

From: Karen Kettler

Brown Kitchen with Island

Upper and lower brown cabinets provide storage in this mid-century modern kitchen from designer Randall Waddell. The island matches the brown cabinetry with white countertop. Two silver bar stools mirror the reflective quality of the small gold, black and silver mosaic tile circling the kitchen above the countertops.

Round Counter Bar with Pendant Lighting

A semicircular breakfast bar illuminated by pendant lights maximizes island space in this contemporary kitchen. Green barstools and a coordinating backsplash add color to the space.

Blue Kitchen with Island

This modern kitchen features painted seafoam green cabinetry paired with a black and gray mosaic tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Modern pendant lighting hangs over the kitchen island, while three metal stools line the kitchen island, creating the ideal spot for casual dining.

Brown Kitchen with Island

Creams, white and shades of brown create a welcoming, serene atmosphere in this open plan kitchen. Suede covered stools make comfortable perches by the island and can be repurposed as seating in other rooms of the home.

From: Dana Wolter

Traditional Kitchen with Wood Counter Island

The wood-topped kitchen island, black cabinets and marble backsplash are classic details in this traditional kitchen. The chandelier, paisley window treatments and covered bar stools add an elegant touch.

White Kitchen with Island

Contrasting white and light wood cabinets create visual interest in this streamlined kitchen. Open shelving blends with the wood cabinets and provides a display area for kitchen decor. A white tile backsplash and light countertops create a seamless white space for a crisp, clean design.

Traditional Kitchen with Island

Ironwork chandeliers add a touch of grandeur to this traditional kitchen with wood-stained cabinets and a neutral subway tile backsplash.

From: Katheryn Cowles

Small Kitchen Island

A wood-toned island warms up this cozy, cottage kitchen by designer Tobi Fairley. Rather than paint it white to match the rest of the cabinets, Fairley chose a chocolate stain to show off the wood's rich grain.Brilliant white floor-to-ceiling cabinetry not only brightens up the space, but it also adds essential storage. Glass doors at the top of the cabinetry create interest and provide a spot for displaying favorite dishware. A clever, shallow recess allows a pair of barstools to tuck neatly under the island when not in use.

Open Kitchen/Living Room with Island

This living room and dining area connect to an open-concept kitchen where two large rustic lanterns are a standout feature above the kitchen island.

Transitional Kitchen with Island

Pale orange walls blend with brown wood cabinetry in this transitional kitchen by designer Kerrie Kelly. A dark wood floor runs throughout, and a trio of pendant lights hang above a kitchen island. The seating along the kitchen island faces the gorgeously green outdoor view, which becomes the real star of the space.

Traditional Kitchen with Island

After removing walls to incorporate the surrounding rooms, this kitchen is now an open, welcoming heart of the home. To set the island apart from the traditional white cabinets, designer Barbara Gilbert painted the island with an antique finish using black under a brilliant red.

Neutral Kitchen with Bar Seating

Dark wood barstools surround an L-shaped island in this neutral kitchen. The barstools contrast with the straight lines and light wood of the contemporary cabinetry, while globe pendant lights complement the glass-front cabinets.

From: Mary Broerman

Kitchen Island with Seating

This kitchen features sleek, dark cabinetry, a bright yellow island and stainless steel appliances and hardware. The room's focal point is a backsplash mosaic of gray, white and yellow glass tile, fashioned from reclaimed stained glass.

Kitchen with Island Bar Seating

Bar stools covered in crisp white fabric accommodate a Silestone-topped kitchen island at HGTV Dream Home 2010. Photographer's pendant lighting adds drama, along with the 16-foot wall of glass tile.

Large Kitchen Island with Lighting

This modern chef's kitchen utilizes bright whites for cabinets, quartz countertops, and wall & paint colors. This sleek design lets the grays of the high-end stainless steel appliances and the island's cabinets really pop. A stylish blue tile backsplash adds the perfect pop of color to this beautiful kitchen.

White Kitchen with Island

Honed Calacutta Gold marble, polished nickel hardware and a walnut island are traditional elements that make this white kitchen timeless. The light hardwood flooring paired with classic white cabinetry creates a fresh, airy space for preparing meals.

From: Tracy Dunn

White Kitchen Island

Contemporary Kitchen Island

This contemporary kitchen with an open floor plan has a large island that contains a gas range oven.

Traditional Kitchen Island

A neutral color palette causes warm wood cabinets to pop in this contemporary kitchen, and a mosaic tile backsplash adds an interesting look to the space.

One of the most popular kitchen island table ideas is the banquette. This setup allows for built-in seating at the end of the bar—either one bench or two depending on space, style and preference—for a cozy, diner feel. It's great for leisurely weekend breakfasts or evenings doing homework with the kids.

Of course, a banquette like this requires a lot of space, which won't work for every kitchen. A portable island with room for stools on either the long or short end makes an already hard-working kitchen work even harder. Or, try an island with a fold-down leaf, which you can tuck away while not in use.

Many islands double as eat-in bars. The area where you eat can be the same height as the island's main counter, though many islands have an eating area that's higher than the work space, where you can use bar-height stools. This not only breaks up the dimensions of the room, it allows you to hide a variety of sins below the eating area (a sink full of dishes, anyone?) or serve from there when having a party.

Another option is to add a table that extends from the end of the bar. This separates the prep space from the eating space entirely, allowing for a sit-down meal face-to-face, rather than elbow-to-elbow. It's a great way to incorporate a table into a kitchen where you don't necessarily want to use the bar as your table.

Kitchen island tables come in a variety of shapes, though the most common is rectangular, since the eating area is usually part of the bar itself. However, you're not limited to this shape; there are also square and round options—especially if you add a table or banquette to the end of your island.

Styles and colors are unlimited, too. You can match your kitchen island table to the rest of the cabinetry or make it stand out by choosing a different color than the rest of the woodwork. This is a good place to expand on or play off of your home's style. Look for something that complements your look, either by matching it exactly or by adding to it. A farm-style island in a modern kitchen is an exciting juxtaposition, just as a cottagey banquette adds to a cozy cottage kitchen.

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