10 Great Kitchen Islands

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It’s always fascinating how social changes can affect the way we want to live and use the space in our homes. One of the most noticeable changes in recent decades has been the shift from separate kitchens to a preference for open-plan layouts. While cooking used to be confined to a space that was isolated from social activities, time in the kitchen is now seen as one of the social highlights of home life. With new preferences that blur the line between cooking and living spaces, the kitchen island has developed into a much desired and loved part of every spacious or open-plan kitchen.

Kitchen islands can offer everything we want from our modern day kitchens, from generous counter space and storage to seating for family members or guests who want to join the fun. They also give us more opportunities to be creative with our kitchen designs. These 10 great kitchen islands all add something special to their respective spaces and prove that options for creating unique focal points are endless. They do have one thing in common though — they truly make these kitchens feel like the heart of the home. —Sofia

  1. I love that “modern meets rustic” feel in the L-shaped island. Who am I kidding? I think I would take any island (kitchen or actual). :)

  2. cca says:

    love seeing the various islands. great post

    1. Sofia says:

      Thank you! – Sofia

  3. Sara L. says:

    These are all very inspiring! Love those yellow stools in that black and white kitchen. I do think it is funny how a couple have the wrong height of stools (pics 5 and 8). Bar height stools at a counter height island just don’t work. I know this because I made the same mistake in my first house, and suffered a lot of barked knees as a result. Don’t do it! Measure your counter height before you buy your stools!

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