The kitchen island remains one of the most popular layouts
Is your kitchen big enough to accommodate a large kitchen island? In general, the larger the kitchen island, the more space you'll have for storage, eating and food prep. Keep in mind, though, that an island doesn't have to be big to be useful.
Installing larger kitchen islands, though, has its benefits. A large island with ample space for seating (6 or more chairs or stools), for example, can eliminate the need for a dining table entirely, whether the seating is counter-height, bar-height, or built-in, banquette-style.
Depending on their shape, large kitchen islands can also provide a variety of surfaces and functions. An L-shaped island could have appliances like a sink, dishwasher and microwave on the interior for an efficient work space, while drawers or cabinets on the exterior might house seasonal or less-frequently used cooking and baking supplies.
Varying the height of the island countertops to add different levels (like for a breakfast bar) is another way to maximize space while adding interest.