Kitchen Islands 38 Stories

The kitchen is one of the most complicated spaces to design in a house — and figuring out how to design an island can be confusing for homeowners. Houzz's discussion boards are full of users asking for help on how to decide on a kitchen island size. While there's...
The Best of My Houzz: 20 Creative Kitchen Islands
For the My Houzz series, we visit and photograph creative, personality-filled homes and the people who live there. Sometimes working with professionals but most...
Inspiring Ideas for Vintage Kitchen Islands
Do you want your kitchen to be truly unique? Then consider going vintage with your island. The possibilities range from rustic to finely detailed. Here are a few of my favorites.
What to Know Before Buying Bar Stools
It’s hard to imagine any kitchen without some sort of bar stool. Bar stools have become positively ubiquitous — and for good reason. They allow family, friends and even strangers to join...
Get More From Your Kitchen Island
Many kitchen islands open directly into another room. If you don’t require seating on that other side of your island, it’s a great opportunity to make the island serve purposes other than cooking and eating. When planning for an island, consider...
10 Inventive Ideas for Kitchen Islands
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary for your kitchen island? There’s no reason to settle for humdrum when you can have vibrant color, interesting patterns and textures, and unique shapes. From designer...
What to Consider With an Extra-Long Kitchen Island
Unlike its isolated geographic cousin in an ocean, an island in the kitchen serves as a central gathering space. As our kitchens have become more and more connected to our living spaces, they’ve changed from being solely utilitarian to being social...
Get More Island Legroom With a Smart Table Base
Seating for a kitchen island is a popular design feature that lets your counter space do double duty. While an overhang on the back of the island supported by cabinets is the most common arrangement, it doesn’t afford the best legroom. Who hasn’t...
Hot Seats! 12 Great Bar Stools for All Kitchen Styles
With the popularity of lingering in the kitchen, it’s time to step up our game with bar and counter stool styles. Kitchen island seating is definitely a place where you can bend the rules a bit — no style is out of bounds. Comfort is a must, but comfort...
Steel Yourself: Industrial Kitchen Islands Are On a Roll
The almighty kitchen island functions in many ways, not the least of which is acting as command central. A customized version, like any of the clever rolling industrial styles below, offers that same high function, but thanks to their added features...
Which Is for You — Kitchen Table or Island?
The eat-at kitchen island has become as de rigueur as energy-efficient appliances. It has revolutionized the kitchen experience, joining chef and diners in one space. We couldn’t possibly live without the island. Or could we? While the kitchen...
6 Ways to Rethink the Kitchen Island
The hardworking kitchen island can be a very functional and beautiful centerpiece of a kitchen design, and it's one of the most popular features of a modern kitchen. But it's not the only way to go. In some spaces an island can feel more cumbersome than...
Kitchen of the Week: Working the Angles for Sophistication in Michigan
Faced with a house full of odd angles and a kitchen shoved into the corner of a great room, designer Sandra Bargiel of Bay Cabinetry & Design Studio embraced the unusual...
Salvage Spotlight: From Boat Hull to Social Hub of the House
One day when the lady met this fellow ... they renovated their home and included a showstopping bar island crafted from a sailboat. "These homeowners are a classic Brady Bunch story: a woman with three daughters, a man with three sons — they...
Kitchen Design Fix: How to Fit an Island Into a Small Kitchen
I've read time and time again that a 12-foot-wide kitchen isn't wide enough for an island. Of course, available space for an island depends on the particular distribution of kitchen workspaces, as well as your lifestyle and family dynamics, but a 12-foot-wide...
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