Kitchen Islands: How to Add Beauty, Function and Value to the Heart of Your Home

Our favorite islands aren't necessarily vacation destinations; they can be found in kitchens all over the world.

  • This spacious square island does double duty as workspace and dining table. How divine. Design by Candice Olson.

  • sleek gourmet kitchen

    This island houses both a cooktop and a prep sink as well as ample storage in the form of drawers and open shelves.

  • Pull a chair up to this weighty island or take a seat at the table with a view. Both are painted black and provide a striking contrast to the rest of the cabinetry. Design by Beth Haley.

  • antique inspires kitchen redo

    This proportionately sized island is painted in the kitchen's soft green accent color for a lovely, finished look with plenty of function. Design by Jean Alan. Photo by Patty Carroll.

  • old world kitchen renovation

    This island is located adjacent to where meals are prepared and can be utilized for dining, for homework, as a buffet or for additional workspace. Design by Don Raney and Jaymes Richardson.

  • gleaming aqua blue countertops

    Think outside of the box when deciding on the shape of an island. This custom six-sided island is ideal for a contemporary rectangular kitchen. Design by Troy Adams.

  • hand painted kitchen cabinets

    Don't feel penned in by having to choose one material for your island's surface; this design incorporates both tile and butcher block. Design by Didier Michot.

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