Our Top 15 Favorite Islands
They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and with a title like that you can imagine how big of a role your Island plays at the center of it all. The prep work, the seating, the extra space, the cleanup area – some islands do it all. We’re counting down our Top 15 Favorite Islands for anyone who needs that little boost of inspiration for their remodel.
15.) Starting off clean and simple, our number 15 island has plenty of drawers and open storage for when you need it, and 6 wheels so that you can roll it away when you don’t!
14.) We chose this island for number 14 because of it’s unique shape and custom ends with plenty of room for cookbooks. A second look at the opposite side reveals dual dishwashers for extra convenience. A well-placed light fixture or two above the island could have boosted this higher in our countdown. Either that or more wine!
13.) Number 13 comes to us from Kraftmaid. A modest island that serves to tie the glass-front theme of the wall cabinets throughout the entire kitchen. We also love the hand-carved Roman Spindles bringing that custom touch.
Cabinet Details: Kraftmaid Palladia with Bistro Glass and Square Raised-Panel Solid Maple in Dove White.
12.) Number 12 certainly grabs your attention. Tell us your favorite part of this eat-in kitchen. Is it the beautiful wood grain of the countertop? The decorative spindle legs? The seating for six? Or the patio doors and open ceiling skylights letting the natural light flood in?
11.) You would never run out of room to work if your kitchen boasted this 8ft. by 3ft. low island with a swirled granite counter like our number 11 pick.
10.) You feel a sense of symmetry in this kitchen when you realize that the octagonal island perfectly matches the octagon pattern in the ceiling. And with the traditional chandelier tying everything together, we had no choice but to make this island our number 10 pick.
9.) It seems that the designer of this island thought of everything. A miniature refrigerator, a drink chiller, wine racks, trash compactor, and microwave. All fitting conveniently between the two rustic support pillars earns this island our number 9 spot.
8.) With seating for 5, hammered metal countertop surface to match the rustic feel of the ceiling beams, and a conveniently placed microwave drawer, there’s lots to love about our number 8 island.
7.) Another great find from Houzz, number 7 speaks for itself. With lighting underneath to highlight the hardwood floors, the dark stained island becomes the center of attention in this otherwise traditional white kitchen.
6. )It’s hard to go wrong with marble countertops on your island – especially if that marble includes a spot to keep cold drinks within reach of guests. Our number 6 island has everything you need for entertaining.
5.) Number 5: When you’re on the go, wouldn’t it be nice to have a kitchen island that moves with you? What Kraftmaid calls “a floating island”, we call extra prep space when you need it the most, and extra floor space when you don’t.
4.) We’re surprised at how bold of a statement this number 4 island makes without taking up very much room. We’re also huge fans of how the island color matches the accent color on the back of the glass-front cabinets.
3.) Our Number 3 island is certainly eye-catching. Complete with a soapstone top and custom turned support leg with line pattern matching the island cabinet doors.
2.) Doubling as an island and a dining table, our number 2 island is part of a beautiful MBS Interiors project featuring Mid-Continent cabinetry.
Kitchen details: Located in Perrysburg, Ohio. Designed by Julie Leggett of MBS Interiors.
Cabinet details: Mid-continent Raised panel Maple Painted White
1.) Taking our number 1 spot is this bright and bold Cardinal Red island with Onyx Glaze from Kraftmaid. With Antique Nickel French Farm knobs to complete the look, it’s impossible not to love the statement this Island makes.
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