10 Pretty + Practical Kitchen Island Accessories

Elevate your kitchen's focal point with these beautiful and hard-working accessories.

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July 06, 2021

Kitchen islands serve as the epicenter and backdrop for all your unforgettable family moments at home. The central fixture works overtime to serve as a meal-prep space, an after-school homework station and the hottest lunch spot in town. Recognize your island’s efforts and treat it to hard-earned storage and accessories.

The secret to a successful kitchen island design is to leave the precious though impractical Staffordshire dog figurines on your living room built-ins and forgo the ostentatious candlesticks altogether. Instead, accessorize your kitchen island with elevated essentials that add purpose and beauty to your space. Invest in timeless, well-crafted pieces that enhance your dining, entertaining or organization efforts without overwhelming your family hub.

Ready to put your design chops to the test? Shop our curated list of accessories to polish off your kitchen island decor in the links below.

Ballard Designs

Elevate your kitchen island with a timeless and endlessly versatile cake stand. Our tip? Think outside the Betty Crocker box and put your stand to use between birthdays and celebrations. Showcase seasonal tchotchkes, scented candles and fresh-cut blooms, or use the stand to corral everyday essentials like your car keys and wallet. This airy, white-washed wooden cake stand is our top pick because it boasts a classic silhouette and soft finish that plays well with contemporary and rustic kitchens alike.

Crate & Barrel

We can all agree that absentmindedly spinning a Lazy Susan is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Scoop up this marble server to bring enduring style, function, and, perhaps most importantly, fun to your kitchen island. Use your Suze as a spinning charcuterie board or as a catchall locale for oils, seasonings and other mealtime essentials.

From $49.95
Crate & Barrel

Warm up your wintry marble or quartz kitchen island with a natural wood serving board. The contrast between your smooth stone counters and movement-rich grained wood brings cozy contrast to your kitchen’s gathering spot. We’re smitten with these mango wood serving boards from Crate & Barrel because each one is hand-finished and inlaid with a white marble motif. The Isadore serving boards come in a round and rectangular silhouette and look lovely used solo or stacked at the center of your island.

West Elm

Take your kitchen island design to new heights (literally) with this double-decker fruit stand. The streamlined design sports a warm, aged-brass finish and comes crowned with an eye-catching acacia wood knob. Each stand comes with two wire baskets that allow you to keep fresh fruit within reach without cluttering up precious countertop space.


Put this handle-clad serving tray at the top of your shopping list. The woven rattan serving tray design is the multitasking must-have you never knew you needed. This beauty works overtime as a texture-rich centerpiece catchall tray, a fruit bowl and an easy-to-tote serving platter for cocktails and canapes at your next gathering.


Store your napkins in style on your kitchen island with this sleek napkin holder. The minimalist iron silhouette pops against white paper napkins and invites modern contrast to your kitchen island counter.


If you had a dollar for every sandwich you prepared on your kitchen island you could probably purchase an actual island. Keep your fresh bread onsite with this sleek yet simple metal bread box. The airy white box comes fashioned with a contemporary nickel handle and a blonde bamboo base.

Crate & Barrel

Show off your treasured family recipes or your newest glossy-covered cookbook within this sleek, splatter-proof stand. A blonde beechwood base provides a secure home for your go-to recipe book, while an adjustable translucent acrylic panel guards its pages against spills and smudges during meal prep.


When in doubt, add something lush and green to your kitchen island. This sculptural pedestal bowl serves as the perfect vessel to house fresh or faux floral arrangements. Each ceramic bowl is handcrafted by artisans in the Philippines and finished with wispy linear details for a one-of-a-kind centerpiece. Recreate the seasonless arrangement above with white-washed river rocks, air plants and spiky succulent plants.

From $29.95

Practical meets pretty with this kitchen island essential. Glass canisters make seamless additions to any style kitchen and offer streamlined storage for seasonal sweets, snacks and dog treats. Snag two or three glass canisters in varied sizes and nestle them on the center or side of your kitchen island to create a chic, asymmetrical vignette. Bonus points if you take the time to stack your cookies in alternating spirals a la organization queen Khloé Kardashian.

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