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Best of Winter 2017
Best of Winter 2017
Charleston Home + Design Mag
Inspiration for a transitional l-shaped medium tone wood floor and brown floor kitchen remodel in Charleston with recessed-panel cabinets, white cabinets, beige backsplash, paneled appliances, an island and white countertops
Clipper Street Residence
Clipper Street Residence
Mark English Architects, AIA
The kitchen is modern and is open to the breakfast area to the south.
Example of a mid-sized trendy l-shaped medium tone wood floor and brown floor eat-in kitchen design in San Francisco with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, marble countertops, white backsplash, marble backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island, white countertops and light wood cabinets
Gorgeous Open Kitchen in Glenview, IL.
Gorgeous Open Kitchen in Glenview, IL.
Barts Remodeling & Construction, Inc.
Kamil Scislowicz
Mid-sized minimalist u-shaped light wood floor and brown floor eat-in kitchen photo in Chicago with a drop-in sink, recessed-panel cabinets, white cabinets, multicolored backsplash, ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island and white countertops
Magnificant Historical Home Rumson NJ
Magnificant Historical Home Rumson NJ
Town & Country Kitchen and Bath
Example of a mid-sized classic u-shaped light wood floor enclosed kitchen design in New York with beaded inset cabinets, stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, white backsplash, stone tile backsplash, marble countertops and an island
Spring Branch Kitchen
Spring Branch Kitchen
Brad Moore Builders, LLC
Tracy Taha Photography
Large farmhouse u-shaped medium tone wood floor eat-in kitchen photo in Austin with shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, an undermount sink, gray backsplash, stone tile backsplash, soapstone countertops and an island
Modern Brooklyn Townhouse
Modern Brooklyn Townhouse
Collaborated Works
Example of a mid-sized minimalist u-shaped dark wood floor and brown floor eat-in kitchen design in New York with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, marble countertops, gray backsplash, stone slab backsplash, stainless steel appliances and an island
Modern Kitchen
Modern Kitchen
Open concept kitchen - huge modern u-shaped light wood floor open concept kitchen idea in Minneapolis with mosaic tile backsplash, multicolored backsplash, flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, an undermount sink, an island and quartz countertops
West U
West U
Frankel Building Group
Connie Anderson Photography
Inspiration for a large transitional l-shaped dark wood floor eat-in kitchen remodel in Houston with granite countertops, an undermount sink, raised-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white backsplash, ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances and an island
Magnolia Custom
Magnolia Custom
M. Lahr Homes
Large trendy l-shaped light wood floor open concept kitchen photo in Orlando with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, marble countertops, multicolored backsplash, marble backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island and multicolored countertops
Kitchen Portfolio
Kitchen Portfolio
Ulrich Inc
Ulrich designer: Julia Kleyman Photography by Peter Rymwid This grand Saddle River kitchen was created in support of the Hackensack University Medical Center Designer Showhouse of New Jersey in 2012. The new design transformed a dreary and dated 80's kitchen into a functional, comfortable and eye-pleasing space with clean transitional lines and touches of traditional charm in its detail. The rich brown finish of the island cabinetry gives the room warmth, and juxtaposes in lovely contrast the white cabinetry of the perimeter. Large pendant lights add modern "bling" and balance the large room.
French Colonial Style Kitchen
French Colonial Style Kitchen
Colonial Craft Kitchens, Inc
Featured on HGTV's show, "America's Top 10 Amazing Kitchens". This kitchen was designed for efficient cooking, and it looks fabulously French doing it. Designed to evoke the French Colonial period, its 10-foot ceilings, emblematic arches and intricate woodwork would have made Louis XIV proud. A decorative armoire, topped with iron pieces imported from Italy, hides the refrigerator, and a two-tiered Madura Gold granite island features a wet bar and two integrated white ovens. The island also features a raised seating area perfect for gatherings. Description by HGTV. Photos by Bryson Leidig
Village Dream Kitchen
Village Dream Kitchen
Kitchen Tech
Example of a large transitional l-shaped light wood floor and beige floor eat-in kitchen design in Boston with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, blue cabinets, quartzite countertops, white backsplash, stone tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and an island
Spanish style Kitchen remodel, large island and wood beams
Spanish style Kitchen remodel, large island and wood beams
Design Studio West
Our major goal was to have the ‘kitchen addition’, keep the authentic Spanish Revival style in this 1929 home.
Example of a large farmhouse u-shaped porcelain tile eat-in kitchen design in San Diego with an undermount sink, raised-panel cabinets, green cabinets, wood countertops, terra-cotta backsplash, stainless steel appliances and an island
Lake Minnetonka Tailored White Kitchen
Lake Minnetonka Tailored White Kitchen
Liz Schupanitz Designs
Kitchen Size: 14 Ft. x 15 1/2 Ft. Island Size: 98" x 44" Wood Floor: Stang-Lund Forde 5” walnut hard wax oil finish Tile Backsplash: Here is a link to the exact tile and color: http://encoreceramics.com/product/silver-crackle-glaze/ •2014 MN ASID Awards: First Place Kitchens •2013 Minnesota NKBA Awards: First Place Medium Kitchens •Photography by Andrea Rugg
New Direction for an Open Kitchen in Wayland
New Direction for an Open Kitchen in Wayland
KitchenVisions
Storage near the front entrance provides a place to hang a jacket, feed the dogs and store shoes and pet supplies. The shiplap paneling is painted a creamy white to match the #Fabuwood Shaker-style cabinetry in Linen. Photo by Michael P. Lefebvre
Nathan Cuttle Design
Nathan Cuttle Design
Studio Nato
Blue Bend Photography
Example of a large trendy galley medium tone wood floor kitchen design in New York with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, marble countertops, white backsplash, stainless steel appliances and an island
University City Renovation
University City Renovation
Studio Durham Architects
Renovated kitchen, enlarged by combining former breakfast room with original kitchen. Alis O'Brien Photography
Eat-in kitchen - mid-sized contemporary u-shaped light wood floor eat-in kitchen idea in St Louis with stainless steel appliances, a farmhouse sink, flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, marble countertops, an island, white backsplash and stone slab backsplash
Medallion Cabinetry
Medallion Cabinetry
Doug Ashy Cabinet Design Center
Example of a mid-sized minimalist l-shaped light wood floor eat-in kitchen design in New Orleans with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, quartz countertops, gray backsplash, porcelain backsplash, stainless steel appliances and an island
Extension et rénovation intérieure
Extension et rénovation intérieure
Bati Mailan France
Example of a mid-sized trendy l-shaped eat-in kitchen design in Paris with flat-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, gray backsplash and an island
NEW HOME IN MASONS BEND
NEW HOME IN MASONS BEND
Pinkite
Urban light wood floor and beige floor kitchen photo in Charlotte with gray cabinets, quartz countertops, white backsplash, subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island and white countertops

Having a kitchen island can make prep work, entertaining and storage so much easier. Whether you want a rustic kitchen island made of wood or a sleek, marble one to match your countertops, there are a number of options available.

1. Choose a Kitchen Island that Works With Your Space

Islands and carts come in a range of sizes and styles to suit a variety of needs. Whether you get a portable kitchen island or one with chairs, the additional counter room can serve a number of purposes. While you browse kitchen island ideas, think about what you use your kitchen for and how much space you have. For kitchens lacking counter space, you may simply need a small kitchen island cart that you can roll in when you need it. A rolling kitchen island is perfect for offering extra prep space and then going back up against a wall when you’re done. For large kitchens, you may want a kitchen island table that comes with chairs and plenty of space to set up drinks and snacks for entertaining guests. Finally, a kitchen island with seating can be great for enjoying a quick breakfast or doing homework.

2. Focus on the Kitchen Island Features that Matter to You

Kitchen islands can be as simple or as built-up as you want. Simply think about your cooking style and choose an island that'll complement it. Below are some of the most common features you might come across in your search.

  • Kitchen island with cabinets: Perfect for storing extra baking and cooking tools.
  • Kitchen island with a sink: Get it if your island will be your primary prep space.
  • Kitchen island with stools: Ideal for entertaining or casual meals.
  • Kitchen island on wheels: A popular choice for small spaces, as it can be rolled away when not in use.

Finally, whether you’re looking for more cooking space or the perfect entertaining spot, lighting is important. While you browse the photo gallery below, take note of kitchen island lighting that might suit your space, from pendants to recessed bulbs.

3. Be Creative With Kitchen Island Materials

When deciding on a material, don’t feel hemmed in by your existing countertops and cabinets. You can mix and match materials, like stainless steel and stone, or butcher block and quartz. Still, if a more uniform look is what you have in mind, it may be worth it to have personalized kitchen island designs made by a professional. With a custom kitchen island, you’ll be able to perfectly match the materials to your existing kitchen, and have one made with just the right dimensions and features.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a kitchen with an island renovation or are building a designer kitchen from scratch, Houzz has 867,320 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Brad Moore Builders, LLC and Town & Country Kitchen and Bath. Look through kitchen pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a kitchen with an island design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful kitchen with an island photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.