Best Kitchen Island Designs

An island is a great way to add work surface, storage, and dining space to a kitchen. Take a look at a few of our best kitchen island designs.

Picture One: Mixed materials

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Mixing materials on an island adds interest and helps to highlight one particular area. Here, a drum cupboard made from cat’s paw character oak with a walnut chopping block stands out from the rest of the painted kitchen and is the perfect place for preparing food. Prices for a Davonport kitchen start at £35,000.

Picture Two: Dining island

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Ideal for adding to a country-style kitchen, Chalon’s new freestanding dining island is a beautifully crafted piece with matching table. Available in more than 70 colours with the table in several sizes, each one is made to specification. Shown with an oak top, it costs from £12,000.

Picture Three: Breakfast bar island

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This is one of favorite best kitchen island designs for family. A slim breakfast bar lends an extra function to this violet laminate island. Finished in a different colour to the rest of the worktops for contrast, it sets itself apart from the working areas of the kitchen. The surface also extends from the unit and continues down to the floor for a sleek look. Kitchens from Neil Lerner Solutions start at £14,000.

Picture Four: Freestanding island

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If you don’t have to incorporate utilities into your island, why not opt for a freestanding piece of furniture? You can easily reposition it, put it against existing units to extend your worksurface, and you can even take it with you when you move. This Stenstorp kitchen island in white with oak top costs from £199 at Ikea.

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Picture Five: Modern island

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Recessed cabinetry stops this Mandarin island from feeling too imposing and is great if you don’t need the whole area of the unit for storage. White quartz worktops allow dark flooring to be used without the room looking heavy. This Crystal kitchen from Scavolini has glass doors to reflect light. Price on application.

Picture Six: Wood and White Island

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Soft rounded columns and bookmatched walnut veneer give this island extra impact. An adjoining breakfast bar has been made from the same composite as the island top, creating a multifunctional unit for food preparation and informal dining, complete with a wine fridge. Prices start from £30,000 for a Mowlem & Co design.

Picture Seven: Wooden-topped island

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Island worktops can be any shape and size you want ? as long as they’re not so large that you can’t reach the centre. This striking Gallery worktop by Barnes of Ashburton combines maple, walnut, iroko and cherrywood for extra impact. Prices start from £1,200sq m, and kitchens start at around £25,000.

Picture Eight: Corian island

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Wrapping an island in Glacier White Corian all the way round and adding coloured lighting below, has made it appear as though it is floating, which creates a stunning centrepiece. Curved edges and bold colour are a nod to the modern retro look that’s currently bang on trend, while a seamlessly integrated sink maintains the sleek lines of the unit. Corian costs from £310lin m.

Best kitchen island designs must add style, efficiency, and storage to your kitchen. Are you ready to hunt your dreamy island with these ideas?

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