Modern Kitchen Islands

The contemporary kitchen requires a kitchen island that will best suit its modern flair.
Open kitchen and island

Open kitchen and island

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Harry Hu

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

The contemporary kitchen design often exudes a sleek and streamlined feel, but the typical style is anything but simple. Modern kitchens often include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, exposed brick walls and furniture with angular edges.

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When choosing a modern kitchen island, it is important to consider the overall feel of the kitchen. If your kitchen has dark wood cabinets and marble countertops, then you may want to choose a kitchen island that is made from stainless steel and neutral-toned cabinets. If you are pairing the kitchen island with bar stools, then seating made with mesh metal backs or simple spill-resistant material would complete the look.

Other modern kitchen islands include designs made with bright, bold colors, such as metal cabinetry that is painted fire-engine red or a sunny yellow and topped with a simple white countertop. Repurposed items also work well in contemporary kitchens. Consider using an old desk or set of filing cabinets to add a unique spin to your modern kitchen island. Simply secure a solid surface to the top of a repurposed item, and turn drawers or cabinets into storage spots for kitchen items.

The modern kitchen island often includes features that suit this particular style of kitchen, like a flat cooktop or a designated food preparation area.

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