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This traditional kitchen features white cabinets, lots of natural wood and industrial-grade stainless steel appliances.

The kitchen is warm and inviting with all-wood cabinets and flooring in a honey hue and a center island perfect for casual gatherings.

Photo By: ReeceNichols Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

This luxury kitchen features a wood ceiling, a large island, a dual-oven gas range, a large range hood and mosaic tile backsplash.

In this gourmet kitchen, two open shelves and a countertop are surrounded by cabinets, making an efficient frame for photographs, artwork and more. The pale gray backsplash is a striking contrast with the cabinets’ dark wood.

The home’s interior style is a mix of Caribbean and Bermudian-inspired details, its blue-and-white color scheme and elegant natural wood accents a handsome complement to the beachfront setting.

From: Watson Realty Corp. and Luxury Portfolio International®

Olive green is an unusual, but surprisingly stylish choice for this kitchen’s walls, especially when perked up by the fresh, white cabinetry. Cinnamon-colored floors add a welcome note of warmth.

From: Keefe Real Estate and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

This is a contemporary Pacific Heights kitchen with a pop of green color, stainless steel appliances, black marble countertops, and white cabinets.

From: Allie Beth Allman & Associates and Luxury Portfolio International®

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In the kitchen of thisConnecticut home, a vintage table serves as a prep island.

This traditional white eat-in kitchen features upholstered barstools, several white cabinets and drawers, and a large island illuminated by pendant lights.

From: Paragon Real Estate Group and Luxury Portfolio International®

Functional, Midcentury Modern Kitchen with Black and White Kitchen Island

This combined kitchen and dining room takes advantage of its footprint, with a long dining table that echoes the line of the long island and breakfast bar. The marble and wood topped island features seating for four, with a trio of pendants providing task lighting for dining, cooking and more.

The exotic wood of the clean-lined cabinetry draws the eye, resulting in a unique space that’s both crisp and warm.

The homeowner of this restored country kitchen came across this early-1900s green desk — $350 at an antiques shop — and saw an opportunity for a one-of-a-kind workstation. To make the piece even more functional, she improvised a lower shelf by propping basic wood planks atop the stretchers.

Dark-walnut floors, green soapstone counters, and custom stools (painted Benjamin Moore’s Phelps Black) bring weight to the kitchen’s white island in this Washington, D.C., home. The built-ins and trims are painted Bancroft White by Darryl Carter Colors by Benjamin Moore.

Bright Farmhouse Kitchen with Blue Island Accent and White Tile Backsplash

From: John Daugherty, Realtors and Luxury Portfolio International®

A large center island clad in gray granite provides open and closed storage, as well as prep sink. Rustic stone surrounds the professional oven and range hood, while exposed wood beams contrast against the creamy white ceiling.

Contemporary pendant lights add a modern touch to this traditional kitchen.

From: Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, The Hamptons and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Pinnacle Estate Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

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This open kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a large eat-in island with built-in stove and storage. A vaulted ceiling adds to the spaciousness.

The beautiful open plan kitchen meshes seamlessly with the living spaces and shows off granite counters, chef-grade stainless steel appliances and a huge pantry.

Photo By: John R. Wood Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

If you have a smaller kitchen and less space to work with, be sure to check out these small kitchen island ideas.

A modern, minimalist and midcentury-style kitchen with natural materials. The homeowner loves white and initially wanted an all-white kitchen. But because she feared that it would be hard to maintain with her two kids, she went with natural walnut cabinets instead, along with a few white cabinets and white countertops.

“This way she would not have to feel as though her kitchen had to be in perfect condition,” says designer Kristianne Watts.

A built-in table extends out from the end of the island in this attractive kitchen with cozy seating for two. Cabinets on both sides make sure there’s plenty of storage.

Recessed, light-stained wood cabinets and a wood slat ceiling add warmth and texture to this tropical, contemporary kitchen. A drop ceiling and modern pendant lights hang over the waterfall marble island.

Green tile backsplash injects a subtle pop of color.

Photo By: Kentwood Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

It’s fun to imagine the meals that could be created in this masterpiece of a kitchen. A top-of-the-line La Cornue range will make any chef cheer; a waterfall marble countertop makes a cool (literally!) stage for prep work.

This Mississippi barn’s kitchen island doubles as a stove top, making cooking a social ordeal.

Windsor stools and a red-patterned rug sit in front of the kitchen’s island in this Pennsylvania home. Boat hardware takes a supporting role as kitchen cabinet latches.

From: Sea Island Properties and Luxury Portfolio International®

The owner of this Minneapolis farmhouse-style loft made a kitchen island from an old cabinet, which she topped with wooden packing crate slats. The stools are from Uline and the pendants are from The Foundry Home Goods.

Offsetting the gleaming white appliances in this California home: an island with dark soapstone counters and backsplashes, as well as ash cabinetry painted a muted gray-green (Paris Gray by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). The wicker stools are by Palecek.

A wood paneled refrigerator matches the surprise paneling on the back of the island. It’s a fun way to add life and unique personality to this stylish kitchen.

In this Illinois bungalow, the kitchen island incorporates parts from an antique sideboard, while an opulent chandelier and bright vintage refrigerator insert grandeur to a small space.

With a fireplace, exposed hammered beam ceilings and the range tucked under an open arch, this gourmet kitchen has a charming, old-fashioned feel. Marble countertops add to the luxury quotient.

Traditional White Kitchen Featuring Floor-to-Ceiling Cabinets

Photo By: WEICHERT, REALTORS, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

This high-end chef’s kitchen features abundant white cabinets, a beautiful stone tile floor and a large island with two ovens.

Statuary marble counters top the cabinets in this elegant gourmet kitchen.

From: First Team Estates and Luxury Portfolio International®

The late-1800s Belgian butcher’s table, now a kitchen island, still bears traces of newsprint from the table’s hardworking industrial days. The owner of this Georgia home left the Carrara marble counters unhoned to show wear. The walls are painted Country Stove White by Ralph Lauren.

Dinner party for eight or date night for two: The sleek chef’s kitchen has it covered with extensive wine storage, three prep-sinks and easy indoor-outdoor flow.

From: WEICHERT, REALTORS and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Allie Beth Allman & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Monochromatic All-White Modern Kitchen With Long Table Island

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Photo By: Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, The Hamptons, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Keefe Real Estate, a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Photo By: CIR Realty, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

With still-functioning pulleys, these industrial and salvaged light fixtures (once used in a billiard hall) make for eye-catching (and hardworking) task lighting above the island in this coastal cottage.

Photo By: Village Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

It’s impossible to believe this home once felt dark and cramped. Now panoramic windows make every room feel like part of the outdoors. The kitchen’s unique windows arch up and over the room, meaning washing dishes is suddenly a lovely assignment.

The vaulted ceiling expands the overall size of this all-white kitchen, which is designed to be a family-friendly heart of the home. A huge navy island accommodates the kids’ baseball team and hides scuff marks, as well as adds color to the space.

The barstools are chosen because they’re easy to wipe clean. Tucked in the corner is a cozy banquette breakfast nook.

From: Florida Executive Realty and Luxury Portfolio International®

From creating more counter space to adding additional seating, we’ve selected a few different kitchen island ideas that will help you get the most out of it. Choose one or combine multiple of the design elements below to create the feature that works best in your room.

This contemporary kitchen with an open floor plan has a large island that contains a gas range oven.

In addition to the vaulted ceiling, white cabinetry makes this chef’s kitchen feel spacious. The arched opening mirrors the arched alcove above the fridge giving the kitchen symmetry.

To give the homeowners much-needed space for entertaining, designers installed a large kitchen island that has enough seating for at least five guests. Not only does this space provide seating, it also gives the homeowners extra counter space for easy meal preparation, since there is direct access to the home’s double ovens, microwave, refrigerator and stove from the kitchen island, which also contains a large prep sink for simple kitchen cleanup.

To contrast the sweeping wood-paneled ceilings and dark wooden floors, Birmingham designer Beth McMillan selected cool-toned Carrara marble for the kitchen’s countertops. 

When the goal is rustic simplicity, there’s no need to spend tons on custom cabinetry and granite counters, especially on a kitchen island. For this kitchen makeover, paint transformed oak cabinets, bought off the rack at Lowe’s and topped with Ikea’s birch slabs, while the same white semigloss brightened stools from Walmart.

Soft neutral tiles ground the hallway and kitchen, where redwood is used throughout the open floor plan kitchen. The oversized island houses much-needed storage, range, extra sink and tons of prep space.

From: Jawitz Properties Ltd. and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Ebby Halliday Realtors, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Leather bar chairs blend beautifully with the wood finishes used as accents in this kitchen design. Four heavy, black pendant lights form a square above the polished island countertop. Natural wood exposed beams compliment the finish of the china cabinet giving a country influence to the contemporary style.

Light wood, clean-lined cabinets pair with HanStone quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances for an open, contemporary kitchen. Black leather barstools pull up to the bar for a simple breakfast area, while the whole kitchen opens up sleek dining room.

Photo By: Watson Realty Corp., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

From: ReeceNichols Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Incorporating sinks or stovetops into the surface of the island is one way to spread the workflow throughout the kitchen. Installation can be tricky, so pay attention to details like ventilation and plumbing. This will require running downward (most common in islands) or overhead venting (which can be expensive), and allocating extra space to in-cabinet pipes.

Olive green walls and dark hardwood floors pair together for a warm, inviting chef’s kitchen. A large island provides open and closed storage, while white cabinets surround the perimeter and add lightness to the space.

A curved banquette combines with a futuristic table, chairs and light fixture for a cozy breakfast area.

This lovely eat-in kitchen features a tray ceiling with globe pendants that hang over a white waterfall-style kitchen island with brown midcentury modern barstools.

The renovation of this Nashville, Tennessee, kitchen began with opening up the claustrophobic floor plan and adding a large island for the young family to live and work around. Then, designers added a neutral color palette with pops of color from the kitchen ware and vinyl teal counter stools. Finally, doors were painted black to add some drama and architectural interest to a space that lacked both things before the renovation.

Whether your space lacks a proper dining table or you’re looking to create a more casual bar-seating option, adding low-profile seating to the island is an easy way to increase functionality and make the environment more social for both guests and the cook. Create a breakfast bar or dining table, and leave a counter overhang that offers enough room to tuck the chairs or stools underneath when not in use.

Designer Mark D. Sikes complements the blue-and-white French bistro stools and sky-blue walls with a mossy green island. 

Warm hardwood floors ground this expansive rustic kitchen, which has large windows overlooking the mountains in Whistler, British Columbia. Soft white cabinets provide storage in the space, while a corner banquette and natural wood barstools at the island create cozy dining spots.

The owner of this Florida cottage created space in her kitchen for a console-turned-island.

From: Pinnacle Estate Properties and Luxury Portfolio International®

Dark blue lower cabinets are a fun twist on the neutral palette of this open plan kitchen and perk up all the dark wood elements.

Photo By: Windermere Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Not only is this black and white, Midcentury Modern kitchen elegant and sleek, the space is also incredibly functional. Plenty of cabinets on the back wall and concealed cabinets in the island give the room tons of storage, while the huge kitchen island adds counter space as well as seating for eight, making the space perfect for any size party.

White walls, cabinetry and countertops capture the bright, natural light of the room making this sunny kitchen the perfect compliment to a farmhouse home. A blue island brings in a comforting color accent and creates an attractive backdrop behind natural wood bar stools.

From: Premier Estate Properties, Inc. and Luxury Portfolio International®

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Think about what kind of design (whether custom or prefabricated) is going to provide the most utility by asking the following questions: What will it be used for the most? What particular features will enhance the existing kitchen? What does the space need? If the room lacks cabinet space, you’ll want storage. If you don’t have a kitchen or dining room table (and even if you do), extra seating might be a priority.

This monochromatic kitchen has white walls, floor, ceiling, cabinets, chairs and backsplash, while the countertop and long kitchen island tabletop are in black.

All-white cabinetry is clad in sleek black countertops, while the black island helps to create a striking contrast in the space. Geometric pendant lights and the tile backsplash bring in contemporary style, while exposed ceiling beams nod to the cottage design throughout the home.

The large island takes center stage in this contemporary, open floor plan kitchen. Sleek wood barstools pull up to the island, which is backlit to create a cool design element in the space.

Photo By: First Team Estates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Wide pathways, a huge central island and so much storage and prep space. Yes, this kitchen makes even the biggest feasts fun to work on.

Extravagant White Kitchen With Eat-In Island and Prep Island

An antique island lends warmth to this rustic kitchen. Free up cabinet space, and create a clever spot for collectibles, with storage space underneath.

A soft gray and white color palette sets the tone for this open, contemporary kitchen. Sleek cabinets pair with chic marble countertops, and stainless steel pro-quality appliances complement the modern aesthetic.

This kitchen’s open design allows natural light to brighten the space. Leather counter height chairs serve as comfortable seating at the breakfast bar. A white island breaks up the warm tones from the dark wood cabinets.

Photo By: Willis Allen Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

From: Willis Allen Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Gather round and watch the chef whip up many masterpieces in this gourmet kitchen. There’s room for four at the island, room for more down at the cozy dining nook.

State-of-the-art stainless steel appliances suit professional and amateur chefs alike. Dark-stained wood cabinets and trim give this kitchen a warm, homey feel typical of Craftsman style. Lantern inspired pendant lights add sculptural detail.

Photo By: John Daugherty, Realtors, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: CI Exclusive Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Arizona Best Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Eat-In Kitchen With Waterfall Island and Globe Pendant Lights

From: John R. Wood Properties and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Jawitz Properties Ltd., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

From: Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Designed for the whole family to gather around, the gray kitchen island centers the space and is clad in clean white countertops. Exposed bulb pendant lights illuminate the surface. The kitchen features an open floor plan that combines the breakfast nook and homework area.

The kitchen’s farmhouse sink is made from hand-hewn 19th century marble, a unique touch that goes beautifully with the wood floor and copper pendants.

Floor-to-ceiling windows usher natural light into the sleek, modern kitchen. A large kitchen island sits beneath unique orange and gold light fixtures in the center of the room. Next to it, a funky, midcentury modern table offers seating with a view.

A stylish, stone fireplace sits on the far end of the room, adding warmth throughout the space.

Photo By: Michael Saunders & Company, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

A traditional dining table provides a place to eat in this transtional kitchen. The space features high-end appliances and details like recessed lighting that put a contemporary spin on the room.

This rustic-chic Martha’s Vineyard home plays hard, and its streamlined kitchen works hard, too. White cabinetry lines the bottom half of three walls, while open shelving above offers stylish storage space.

Exposed beams on the ceiling add to the room’s rustic flair.

Custom cabinetry is topped with two-and-a-half-inch granite countertops in this Old World-inspired kitchen. The eye-catching tile backsplash goes from the countertops to the ceiling.

From: McEnearney Associates, Inc. and Luxury Portfolio International®

This white luxury kitchen features an eat-in island, an island for preparing food, wide-plank wood floors and chandelier-style lighting.

The end of the kitchen island is covered in the same hand-scraped solid White Oak planks as the refrigerator and freezer to complete the homeowners’ request for something organic and unique. The planks are arranged in a chevron pattern to add a fun detail to the island and refrigerator and freezer.

To offset the weight of the cantilevered countertop that extends from the island’s base cabinets, brass poles were added to the outer corners of this piece. These brass poles match the brass fixtures in the rest of the kitchen, creating a continuous design throughout the space.

Photo By: Gibson International, a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

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From: Windermere Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Beacham & Company, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Handsome dark brown wood cabinets match the island and the kitchen’s crown molding. A chandelier is the finishing touch on the elegant space.

Add storage, style, and extra seating with a standalone kitchen island.

Around the corner, smooth concrete floors lead into this spacious, contemporary kitchen. A large stainless steel island anchors the space, providing extra room for meal-prep, while wood cabinets offer ample storage options.

Multifunctional Kitchen Island Provides Counter Space and Seating for Five

From: Arizona Best Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

And according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders more than 70% of buyers want an island in their kitchen, and of those, 50% consider it a must-have. Since it’s apparent that adding an island is a sound investment, we’ve gathered 60 of our favorite kitchen island ideas to use for inspiration.

From: Kentwood Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: LX Costa Rica, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

From: Gibson International and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

A classic, clean aesthetic was the goal for this kitchen remodel. Mixing different textures — wood, metal, stone — keeps the neutral palette from looking ho hum.

A coat of color on an oversized island can transform an otherwise classic room. 

Originally, there were two large chandeliers hanging over the kitchen’s island, so to update the space to fit the homeowners’ design style, designers replaced them with three funky pendant lights that extend from the kitchen island down to the dining table.

Large Kitchen Eat-In Island With Brown Leather Bar Chairs and Polished Wood Countertop Under Black Pendant Lights

Gleaming with culinary potential, this gorgeous gourmet kitchen offers top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, plentiful storage and an easy-flow layout with a centralized island. Start planning the menu!

Photo By: McEnearney Associates Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

What’s hiding in the island? A little bit of everything! This old workbench houses drygoods, office supplies, and even assorted wrapping papers.

This modern white kitchen features a soft yellow kitchen island and sweet, gray and white polka dot stools. Aluminum pendant lights that fan out like flowers hang above the space, while light hardwood floors finish off the airy look of the room.

This gourmet kitchen has all the charm of the original home’s architecture with beautiful wood floors, lots of windows and unique details. But the amenities have been upgraded to keep the modern-day chef happy.

Add another dynamic by creating variation in the height of your island. Using the island for multiple purposes, like eating and food prep, will both maximize the utility and make it feel like two totally different spaces.  For example, add an appliance to one level (like a sink or stovetop) and create a breakfast bar on a higher tier.

In this townhouse renovation, a more efficient kitchen with updated appliances and wider work surfaces was a must. A Spanish-style tile backsplash does the double trick of punching up the white cabinets and making the ceiling feel even higher.

The house may have been built in the early 20th century, but the kitchen has all modern-day amenities. Chef’s grade appliances guarantee gourmet meals and a black-and-white palette keeps the mood crisp and stylish.

The kitchen island in this Ohio home boasts a zinc top crafted by a local metal shop and has a built-in plate rack for stealthy storage. Subway tile from Home Depot forms the backsplash.

If you add a dark floor stain to your kitchen floors, select a light paint for the island, walls, and cabinetry.

Warm wood dominates this traditional kitchen, creating a cozy country vibe. The blue accent wall and striped valances over the built-in banquette lighten up the space with some color.

A good general rule for enclosed kitchens is to place it in the center of the room. That way it’s equally accessible from all sides and won’t be an obstacle for people walking through. That placement might not work best for all kitchens, however. A perimeter island, for example, might work better with open floor plans. Size and shape are also determined by room’s layout; Allow for at least 36-48 inches between the perimeter of the island and the surrounding cabinets so there’s enough room for people to move around.

Rafters swathed in a dreamy shade of blue makes the room feel like it stretches to the sky, while a minimalist island grounds the space in this cottage.

The gourmet kitchen makes culinary masterpieces possible with Miele and Sub-Zero appliances and a wine vault. Store those gorgeous dishes in the custom cabinetry.

Exposed ceiling beams brings a rustic note to this bright white cottage kitchen. The long center island adds more prep and storage space to the kitchen and is also designed for the whole family to gather.

This spacious kitchen uses patterns and textures to add visual interest to its neutral palette: A small-scale chevron stripe covers the back wall, lively without being overwhelming. Overhead, thick, rustic beams help move the eye across the room.

From: CI Exclusive Properties and Luxury Portfolio International®

Salvaged fixtures hang above the wooden-top island to enhance a more neutral aesthetic.

A large island lined with barstools offers room for meal prep and dining in this Old World-influenced kitchen. A beautiful green tile backsplash adds welcome color to the neutral room.

From: Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Photography by Bob Narod for Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

In addition to creating more counter space, an island is also a way to add more storage and avoid kitchen clutter by using drawers, cupboards and shelves. This is beneficial especially if appliances take up a lot of cabinet room, or if you’re looking for a unique way to showcase certain items by using open shelving. Store dishes and pots within reach or keep less frequently used appliances out of the way. Another option is to use open shelving to display cookbooks or other items.

Photo By: Colorado Landmark, Realtors, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Premier Estate Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International; IBI Designs Photography, Edward C. Butera

Chrome base bar stools give a sleek, uncluttered look to this open kitchen. Brown and gray wooden kitchen cabinets create a nice color block effect.

Dark stained wood cabinets and red clay tile floors give this kitchen a warm, Mediterranean vibe. Two wide doorways define the space while maintaining an open flow.

From: EWM Realty International and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Ebby Halliday Realtors, a member of Luxury Portfolio International ; Shoot 2 Sell Photography

An oversized island and rustic farmhouse sink create warmth with plenty of working space in this rustic kitchen.

Photo By: Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Though defined by clean lines and a sleek island, this modern kitchen feels warm and welcoming thanks to its rich wood ceilings. Recessed lighting illuminates the space for easy meal-prep, while cabinets in the back provide plenty of storage.

From: The Whistler Real Estate Co. and Luxury Portfolio International®

From: Ebby Halliday Realtors and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Paragon Real Estate Group, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

The island in the kitchen adds plenty of serving, prep space and storage while giving the family a casual dining space.

The handsome gourmet kitchen includes everything a chef needs with Viking appliances, two Bosch dishwashers and a large, marble-topped island. Pops of green and white brighten the beautiful dark wood cabinetry and floors.

Photo By: Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

The 16-square-foot island in this tiny farmhouse makes smart use of corner storage.

Photo By: EWM Realty International, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Two brown chandeliers add an extra touch of elegance to this white contemporary kitchen. Pull up a chair to the large kitchen island and keep the chef company.

Stainless steel countertops bring a hint of industrial gleam to the kitchen of this Kansas home. Furnished with Pottery Barn stools painted white to match the custom cabinets, the island provides a place to sit while prepping food.

Kitchen islands serve a number of purposes. In addition to being a visual anchor in the space, they also help increase the room’s functionality and efficiency.

White subway tile with gray grout lines the walls of this chef’s kitchen. Gray and white patterned floor tiles add interest while still keeping with the color palette. Gold midcentury modern chandeliers inject a dose of glamour into the space.

Blue countertops are a surprising touch in this mansion’s gourmet chef kitchen, uniquely tying the room to the sparkling ocean just outside.

The open concept kitchen features a sleek, black island, which houses the kitchen sink and range. The island flows down to a dining table surrounded by contemporary chairs. Glass walls offer views of the interior gardens with elegant trees.

Photo By: Photo by Sarah Dorio; Design by: CLOTH & KIND; Builder: Athens Building Company

Seen here on the hood and island, pecky cypress is a type of wood that has a grainy texture thanks to long, narrow burrows or cavities. 

This formerly dark and uninteresting kitchen gets a whole new life with beautiful blue cabinetry, delicate pendants and roman shades with a subtle graphic print. The backsplash is the star of the room: gray tiles in a herringbone pattern.

Photo By: Turks & Caicos Property, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Made from a pipe base and flooring from an old high school, the island in this former smokehouse is perfect for meal prep.

This sleek, yet quaint farmhouse kitchen features both period and modern elements, including midcentury-inspired barstools and a traditional apron sink. Green is a motif that repeats throughout, on the countertop, the light fixtures and even the window casings. A contemporary color palette and modern furnishings transformed this once dark and dated home into a livable and family-friendly country house.

This luxury kitchen features high-end appliances, abundant cabinets for both storage and display and a large stone-top island beneath a crystal chandelier.

Photo By: Houlihan Lawrence, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

From: Village Properties and Luxury Portfolio International®

This open plan kitchen features spare, modern style in all white, a choice that adds to the bright, airy feel. The countertops are floating Corian with a knife-edge detail.

Whip up apres ski hot cocoa in the grand kitchen where the rustic setting stops short of chef-grade appliances. Wide paths circle the large island to ease flow and prep work.

From: Bennion Deville Homes and Luxury Portfolio International®

This large kitchen feels simple in style, with white countertops, clean-lined cabinets and bare walls. But the amenities are chef-quality and the long island makes sure there’s plenty of prep space to go around.

Hard to find a kitchen more sleek and stylish than this one with its crisp, white palette warmed up by exposed beams and a wood floor. Two stainless steel refrigerators and a thick marble countertop add to the luxe factor.

Photo By: Bailey Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

From: Chas Everitt International Property Grp and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Florida Executive Realty, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

A kitchen island with countertops of differing heights accommodates both the home chef and family members or friends gathered to keep him or her company. The stainless steel countertops are meant to gain patina with use and wear but can be buffed to regain their initial smoothness and shine.

This kitchen—with its quartz countertops, copper light fixtures, subway tiles, and a cypress kitchen island—is proof that mixing textures and materials is a winning design strategy.

Dark wood cabinetry and trim creates a rich, warm feeling, balancing the cold tile floors. One of the kitchen islands serves as a prep area with additional storage space while the other serves as a breakfast bar.

The arched doorway offers some separation between the kitchen and living area but still maintains an open feel.

From: Residential Properties Ltd. and Luxury Portfolio International®

A Texas couple breathes new life into their 100-year-old home such as using a thoughtful mix of materials from reclaimed walls for their kitchen island. 

From: Michael Saunders & Company and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: The Whistler Real Estate Co., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, this kitchen was redesigned with gray-stained maple cabinets, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and stainless steel pendant lights above the island. The wall between the kitchen and living area was removed, creating a more open look and a better flow between rooms.

As a finishing touch, the new breakfast bar was outfitted with modern-rustic barstools.

The kitchen in this mountain home features rustic-contemporary styling and high-end finishes, with natural materials like wood, steel and stone used in clean, contemporary lines. Energy-efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures, as well as LED lighting, radiant floor heating and solar shades, are among the home’s eco-friendly details.

Soaring ceilings feature rich, dark wood tones, bringing warmth to the space.

Photo By: Dale Sorensen Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

There are many different ways you can approach this decision, and since an island takes up a significant amount of floor space it’s worth it to take time to make every element of its design intentional.

The designers paid homage to ’70s-inspired design throughout this Los Angeles-based home including leather-and-brass barstools in the kitchen.

From: Dale Sorensen Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Terracotta tile flooring grounds this Craftsman kitchen, which pairs rustic cabinets with neutral countertops. A long line of windows allow for a beautiful view while washing dishes and brings in much-needed natural light.

Far from bland, this white kitchen makes sure to bring in lots of different textures to liven up its look: unfinished wood beams, marble countertops, beadboard paneling and glass and metal lanterns.

Photo By: Bennion Deville Homes, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Frank Jenkins – Vista Estate Imaging; Courtesy of Windermere Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

The key feature of this Santa Monica kitchen is a stunning marble monolithic island that acts as a modern sculptural piece. Neutral square tiles ground the room, while sleek wooden cabinets are topped with clean white countertops.

Thermador chef-grade appliances make culinary masterpieces possible. Wood and stone accents help them blend seamlessly into the kitchen’s stately Mediterranean style.

Get the look: Wood island with pipe legs ($500, etsy.lapalletcreations.com)

Pattern and texture are key in this urban contemporary kitchen. The bold peony and vine backsplash makes a dramatic statement and is offset by sleek wood cabinets. The vibrant pink island is color matched to the BlueStar stove, and contemporary pendant lights illuminate the space.

Whip up feasts in the gourmet kitchen that has all restaurant-grade appliances. Guests can pull up a barstool and keep the chef company.

Take advantage of being able to use the space above the island by adding suspended storage, where you can display a matching pan collection or your best stemware. You can also experiment with lighting elements, or if you’ve decided to install a stovetop with overhead venting you can use the space for the range hood.

This gourmet kitchen features koa wood cabinetry dramatically set off by black granite countertops. The family foodie will be delighted by two Subzero refrigerators and a walk-in, temperature-controlled wine room.

There’s also (of course there is) a bar.

The fabulous cook’s kitchen is filled with natural light from the large windows and skylights. Double islands provide plenty of prep and work space, as well as a great spot for dining. Custom Italian cabinets allow for much-needed storage while creating a one-of-a-kind look.

Light brown has a softening effect in this sleek modern kitchen that connects seamlessly to the rest of the main living floor as well as an adjacent patio. Against that background, white cabinets are a crisp, bright contrast.

Photo By: John Daugherty, Realtors a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Sea Island Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Keep it simple while adding value by using an island to significantly increase the amount of counter space in your kitchen. Having more counter space adds obvious benefits: more room for meal prep, multiple chefs and can serve as an eating area. Create contrast by using a different material or color for the island counters than you did in the rest of the room. If your regular countertops are white quartz, try black or a dark stained wood for the island.

Luxury Chef’s Kitchen With Double-Oven Island and White Cabinets

An assortment of old stools provides quirky charm in the kitchen of this Oregon home. The durable concrete countertops are from Cement Elegance.

A butcher block countertop and exposed beams give rustic friendliness to this open concept kitchen. A stainless steel range hood and dark blue cabinetry add a refined feel.

Photo By: Chas Everitt International Property Group, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

From: Colorado Landmark, Realtors and Luxury Portfolio International®

This gourmet kitchen draws rich luxury from wood paneling, floors and cabinetry, all in the same warm brown. Wide passageways surround the central island, making it easy for chefs to move from station to station.

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