Large Kitchen Islands

When space is not an issue, then a large kitchen island might be ideal for additional storage and food preparation space.
Brown and Blue Contemporary Kitchen With Large Kitchen Island

Brown and Blue Contemporary Kitchen With Large Kitchen Island

This contemporary kitchen's large white island was designed by HGTV host and Design Star winner Meg Caswell, as seen on HGTV's Meg's Great Rooms. It is white with concrete stain and comfy white chairs for entertaining.

From: Meg's Great Rooms

Photo by: Jean-Marc Giboux/Getty Images

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

When space and budget allow, then a large kitchen island can be an ideal addition to any kitchen area. Whether you're looking for extra seating, storage or room for food preparation, a large kitchen island can be useful in helping bring all three elements to one convenient space.

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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.

Once you have determined how you will be using your large kitchen island, you can begin to choose the design elements that are important to the function of your kitchen. If you are looking to add more room for dining, then be sure to choose a kitchen island that allows for stools and adequate leg room.

A large kitchen island can also accommodate an additional sink or cooktop. These features can be especially helpful to people who prepare the majority of their meals at home. If cooking is a priority for your large kitchen island, then you might also want to consider a wooden surface for chopping or stainless steel countertop for easy cleanup.

And remember the fine china and wine glasses you own, but only get used once a year? Glass front cabinets with overhead lighting can be the perfect spot to store these items in lieu of a traditional china cabinet.

Be sure to look at examples of large kitchen islands in order to have a better idea of what you want from your addition. It might also be helpful to consult friends who have a design that is similar to what you are seeking.

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