Black Kitchen Islands

Adding a dark, elegant look to any room, the black kitchen island is a simple but classic choice.
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Black Kitchen

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Whether it's a little black dress or black cat, the color black stands out. As you explore kitchen remodeling ideas, options and solutions, keep in mind that the dark hue is a classic signature color that works well in a number of designs, especially when it comes to choosing a color scheme for your kitchen — and the kitchen island is a great place to start.

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Island Paradise

Kitchen islands are popular. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 80 percent of home buyers consider an island desirable or essential. But that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. Consider your space to make sure you have enough clearance on all sides of the island. Design by Gregory Augustine.

Photo By: Designer, Gregory Augustine

A Better Work Triangle

The island in this kitchen features a second sink to use for food preparation, creating a compact and convenient work triangle. Design by Gail Drury.

From: Drury Design

Cooktop Kitchen Island

When designing a cooktop island like this one, make sure you have the structural ability to build a ventilation hood directly above. Photo by Maxwell Mackenzie. Design by Rouzita Vahhabaghai.

Photo By: Designer, Rouzita Vahhabaghai

Traditional Kitchen Island

For many homeowners, a basic island helps make a small kitchen feel larger and adds a much-needed work surface. Design by Candice Olson.

Photo By: Designer, Candice Olson

Double Duty

This working island functions as a cooking area with a built-in stove and prep space and as a bar with seating.

From: Drury Design

Grab a Bite

This eight-foot-long island is great for grabbing a quick meal and as additional space for food prep. Design by Phyllis Harbinger.

Photo By: Designer, Phyllis Harbinger

Display Shelves

This island houses the main sink and includes bar seating and built-in display shelves. Design by Dave Stimmel.

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Make It a Galley

This extended island gives this L-shaped kitchen a galley-like feel and features plenty of cabinet storage, counter space and seating. Design by Tina Muller.

From: Drury Design

Photo By: Designer, Tina Muller

Give It Character

Islands can be fun as well as functional. This one is designed to complement a Mediterranean kitchen, with unique features like decorative wheels, architectural details and aged texture on the cabinet doors. The rustic hanging pot rack above it adds more Old World charm.

Chef’s Island

This custom-designed stone island features a deck-mounted pot filler and custom-designed hood mixed with state-of-the-art appliances.

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Gathering Place

The island in this horseshoe, or U-shape, kitchen features a second sink and acts like a dining area that can seat several people.

Small Kitchen Island

An island doesn’t have to be big, especially if you have a small kitchen. A simple island like this one is highly functional and doesn’t take up much space. Design by Didier Michot.

Entertainment Central

The island in this L-shaped kitchen allows the homeowner to prepare food on one side while entertaining guests sitting on the other side.

Kitchen islands come in variety of styles, ranging from square to oblong and freestanding to repurposed. If black is the deep hue you are seeking, then it will be important to consider the overall design of your space. For example, a kitchen island with black cabinetry and shelving might be best balanced by a white marble countertop or the addition of colorful bar stools.

On the other hand, black kitchen islands might also benefit from simple accents, like tiles or seating, that balance out an otherwise bold or simple white piece. White cabinets are accented beautifully by black granite countertops, while a fiery red kitchen island base might pair well with black leather bar stools used for counter-style dining.

No matter how you choose to use black in your kitchen island design it is important to use it in moderation as opposed to making it the dominant color. A cheery green kitchen might benefit from the addition of a butcher's block designed with a classic black hue in mind, but the result will be fresh flexibility without creating a moody environment.

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