75 Kitchen Island Ideas to Elevate Your Home in 2024

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Laure Joliet
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White Quartzite Kitchen Island

a kitchen with a large window with a narrow counter with stools and a view of skyscrapers, marble island with sink and a floral display and two pendants above, wood cabinets under a range and white cabinets above
Thomas Loof

Manhattan is technically an island, so why shouldn’t its kitchens boast ones that are equally grand? This Cristallo quartzite one, in an apartment with interiors by Kelly Behun, was designed by Studio Sofield and is practically translucent when the sun glows behind it. Behun added to the setup with a complementary quartz bar that runs the length of the windows so diners can take in those vertiginous city vistas.

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Cozy Marble and Wood Kitchen Island

celeste robbins lake michigan midentury
Roger Davies

“The kitchen is on the small side, but I love it, and it’s where people always want to be,” says architect Celeste Robbins, who recently refurbished her dream midcentury modern home on the shores of Lake Michigan. The home’s primary material is wood, so Robbins, working with the Italian kitchen outfitter Boffi, leaned into it in the kitchen, with a timber island topped by a complementary slab of Emperador marble. We can only imagine how cozy this space gets, once the fire’s crackling.

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Celery-Green Kitchen Island

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Laure Joliet

Sunshine pours through the windows of this historic Bay Area home, so it’s little surprise that designer Lauren Geremia wanted to bring that brightness to the cooking space. Here, she painted the kitchen island in Farrow & Ball’s Pale Hound—a light celery green—and topped it with a marble slab that complements the marble checkerboard flooring.

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Brazilian Quartzite Kitchen Island

in a kitchen is a light green marble island with two brownish red leather barstools and a four armed chandelier with ivory gold shades, marble backsplash and shiny brown tiles above and light green cabinets
Kelly Marshall

OK, where do we even start with this beauty? Not only does this custom green kitchen island belong to sports power couple Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe, but it’s also clad in fabulous Brazilian quartzite (a variant known by the equally fabulous name Crystal Tiffany). Pull up a pair of Mario Bellini for Cassina stools and you’ve got yourself a real winner of a hangout spot.

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Tile Kitchen Island

lake flato san antonio house
Douglas Friedman

At first this San Antonio kitchen felt dated and sterile, with pure-white walls and bamboo cabinetry. Instead of ripping everything out, architect Vicki Yuan of Lake | Flato opted to make some strategic swaps, including recladding the kitchen island in a fun, hexagonal tile by artist Erin Adams. The same design, in fact, appears on the pool just outside making it feel a bit like a “swim-up bar,” per Yuan. Pass the margaritas, please!

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Eggplant Purple Kitchen Island

david lucido los angeles home
Ori Harpaz

Purple isn’t typically a color that shows up in a kitchen, but we’re here for it. In this Los Angeles, Mediterranean–style home, designer David Lucido painted the custom arch-shaped kitchen island in a Benjamin Moore’s subtly eggplant-tinged Caponata.

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Repurposed Kitchen Island

kitchen area with large rustic island at center with green peeling wood and open shelving on the far wall with some large wooden bowls and jugs and on the right is shelving with books and on the opposite wall a small double door leading outside
Maureen M. Evans

For a budget-friendly option, try repurposing a vintage workbench, like star chef Elena Reygadas did here in her Mexico City apartment. This one is an upcycled carpenter’s table, which she painted in a charming patinated green and topped with a new stone slab.

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Sculptural Island

kitchen with marble island with sink, marble floor and counter and window and copper bottom pots hanging on the wall and glass paned cabinets above, a green tinted frosted glass pendant is above the island
Anson Smart

This sculptural kitchen island, in the Sydney home of Aussie designer Tamsin Johnson, ranks among the best we’ve ever seen. The bespoke creation, carved from a piece of gray Bianco Gioia stone, is equal parts work of art and family gathering spot.

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Modern Marble Kitchen Island

home studios fort greene brooklyn townhouse
Brian Ferry

If you have the opportunity (not to mention the budget!) why not make your kitchen island a work of architecture? The designers at Home Studios were inspired by the work of Finnish modernist Alvar Aalto while creating this Brooklyn kitchen and dreamed up a custom island featuring ridged white edges and a Paonazzo marble top that nods to his buildings.

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Olive Love Kitchen Island

a kitchen has an island with a marble surface and dark olive green cabinets, two alabaster globe pendants suspended by chains, marble backsplashes, stainless oven, sink with open shelving and glasses above
Tim Lenz

If your kitchen island is a far cry from destination-worthy, try dousing it in a unique hue. Look no further than Augusta Hoffman’s elegant Manhattan kitchen, where she covered the cabinetry in a luxurious olive shade. “I do love green,” she says. “I think of it almost as a neutral.”

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Bold and Beautiful Kitchen Island

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Thomas Loof

We can’t take our eyes off of this stunning kitchen island in a Chicago home designed by Summer Thornton. Rather than settling for a workaday Carrara slab, she selected stone with swirls of violet and green. Pro tip: Want to bring color to your kitchen? Style your island with heaps of vibrant (and long-lasting) produce such as artichokes, citrus, and mini melons.

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Stone Steady Kitchen Island

jeremiah brent
Brittany Ambridge

Exotic marbles—in hues encompassing all colors of the rainbow— are having a moment. All-star designer Jeremiah Brent embraced the trend in the lavish kitchen of his Manhattan design studio, here opting for the bordeaux Calacatta Vagli Rosatto variety.

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Sculptural ’70s Kitchen Island

montana labelle toronto
Patrick Biller

The most eye-catching kitchen islands function as pieces of sculpture. Montana Labelle’s has decidedly postmodern touches, with pillarlike legs slightly offset beneath a glossy stone slab.

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Ahead of the Curve

le whit chelsea apartment
Nicole Franzen

We love the lozenge shape of this trendy kitchen island, in a Manhattan apartment designed by Le Whit. Combined with pink bar stools to match the candy-colored stove, we’d say this is a match made in heaven.

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Primary Colors Kitchen Island

the kitchen has an island with cabinetry below a walnut slab countertop with six stools and pendants hanging above, a large window is above a sink and blue cabinets, a yellow oven is at the far end
Alanna Hale

Forget white: In this happy Bay Area kitchen, designer Jessica Davis played with punchy primary colors. She painted the island in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue and topped it with a huge walnut slab.

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Cottage Chic Kitchen Island

anne mcdonald sunfish lake house minnesota
Haris Kenjar

Everything about this charming Minnesota lake house, designed by interior designer Anne McDonald with Plaad architects, was crafted to evoke the client’s Scandinavian heritage—without going over the top. This sweet custom kitchen island features Scandi-chic turned legs, a detail that cleverly nods to the home’s exterior columns.

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Blue Beauty

a large light filled kitchen with cabinets covered in a pale blue lacquer
Francesco Lagnese

We’ve written plenty about the joys of blue kitchen cabinets and this example, in a Manhattan apartment designed by Emily Todhunter, is one to emulate. She painted everything—island included— in Benjamin Moore’s Van Courtland Blue.

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Gray Kitchen Island

sleek gray kitchen at the end of a light wood dining table and chairs with a globular pendent chandelier above
Stephan Julliard

Short on storage? No problem! Choose an island with plenty of drawers for storing flatware and other entertaining essentials. Architect Raed Abillama made sure his was painted in the same gray as the vent hood and the rest of the cabinetry for a unified feel.

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Twin Kitchen Islands

a kitchen has two facing steel islands, both with a sink and cabinets below, appliances embedded in a wood cabinet against the back marble wall, windows on left and artwork at right, all viewed through an archway
Kelly Marshall

Two islands are clearly better than one, as demonstrated in Mara Brock Akil’s sleek Los Angeles kitchen. Their reflective steel forms are the perfect foil to the rich timber on the cabinetry.

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Old-World Glam Kitchen Island

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Ricardo Labougle

Pass the mustard! We’re obsessed with this custom yellow kitchen island (painted in Farrow & Ball’s India Yellow) in an 18th-century villa on the Spanish island (of course) of Menorca. The look gets further glam, old-world touches via the impressive marble backsplash and the gilt-bronze fringed chandelier, sourced from a palace in Madrid.

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Anna Fixsen, Deputy Digital Editor at ELLE DECOR, focuses on how to share the best of the design world through in-depth reportage and online storytelling. Prior to joining the staff, she has held positions at Architectural Digest, Metropolis, and Architectural Record magazines. elledecor.com 

 

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