Open shelves can take the place of wall cabinets, but let's be honest—they're not ideal for dishes unless you want to dust them before use everyday. They may not be ideal for storage, but boy, can they make an impact on the look of a kitchen!
Finally, there's no rule that an island has to look like an island. The one on the right in this kitchen is styled after a table, which gives it a furniture feel and dresses up the space.Tell us: If you have a pair of islands in your own space, was it worth the splurge? We'd love to know more — leave a comment below.