A kitchen island creates a beautiful focal point, inviting spot to gather, and smart storage solution. There’s no wonder it’s one of the key elements in some of our favorite kitchen layouts. From simplified prep to ease of entertaining, the island life is one we can get behind. We’ve rounded up thirteen kitchen island ideas to help you plan your dream space.
1. Make a statement with a high-contrast kitchen island.
A matte black island base contrasts with a high gloss Swanbridge countertop for a perfect execution of a black-and-white kitchen palette in this space by AFT Construction and E. Interiors. Warm up a high-contrast island with plenty of texture, such as rattan stools and sprigs of greenery.
2. Add sculpted structure with custom millwork and kitchen island corbels.
Custom molding and corbels create distinctive shape for a traditional kitchen island with the appeal of handcrafted furniture. A contrasting white quartz countertop and lantern pendants also help the kitchen island stand out in style in this space by Bria Hammel Interiors and SD Custom Homes.
3. Pair blue cabinetry with Cambria Summerhill for a kitchen island with coastal flair.
4. Choose a double waterfall-edge kitchen island with Brittanicca for beautiful movement from every angle.
5. Create luxe farmhouse vibes with an open kitchen island with gray quartz countertops and rustic wood base.
We love a mix of finishes and materials for a rustic-glam space, like this farmhouse table island topped with Queen Anne Matte. Get more farmhouse kitchen island ideas and gray countertop inspiration.
6. Create a fresh focal point by choosing a bold color for your kitchen island quartz countertop.
A rich and opulent alternative to granite countertops, Helmsley offers regal style without sacrificing performance. Paired with greige cabinets and a Fairbourne™ perimeter, this Cambria kitchen island stands out with intriguing contrast and luxe texture. See more ideas for combining Cambria countertops in one space.
7. Pair brass accents with a gleaming white kitchen island for effortless glamour.
Scandinavian simplicity meets midcentury modern in this space by Crush Collective featuring a White Cliff waterfall island, sculptural chandelier, and brass details. Find more midcentury modern kitchen ideas.
8. Pair a neutral kitchen island with fun floral stools.
A neutral palette in your kitchen allows you to play with pattern and color through your décor. We love the endless summer vibes created in this kitchen by Grace Hill Design and Gordon James Construction, featuring vibrant floral stools at an Ella-topped kitchen island. See more kitchens with Ella countertops.
Upholstered kitchen island stools offer a vibrant floral pattern in this white and gray kitchen featuring Ella™ countertops.
9.Opt for a coordinating quartz backsplash to complement your kitchen island.
A Cambria backsplash is a great way to extend both the beauty and benefits of your countertops. A design with bold movement like Brittanicca deserves to be showcased at multiple angles, as seen in this Hamptons-inspired kitchen. The coordinating backsplash makes the kitchen island a stronger focal point, and offers the added perk of easy-clean convenience (no tile grout to scrub!). See another kitchen with Brittanicca backsplash and island in this home tour.
10. Create a dining nook on one side of your kitchen island.
Rather than lining up your kitchen stools along the length of your island, you might want to consider creating a dedicated seating area on one side. This space by Jeanne Campana Design offers a cozy breakfast nook with a countertop overhang, while the rest of the island prioritizes much-needed kitchen storage. We love how the layered gray tones of the stools and cabinetry complement the Roxwell countertops. See more ideas for gray kitchen design.
This charming kitchen featuring Roxwell™ offers a multi-purpose kitchen island with dining nook and ample storage.
11. Choose a distinct quartz countertop color for your kitchen island with a complementary perimeter countertop.
Two-toned countertops offer sophisticated style and allow your kitchen island to take center stage. This elegant space features a kitchen island with Bellingham, a luxe granite alternative, paired with a perimeter of dark gray quartz . Need ideas? Check out these five Cambria countertop pairing selections to get started. Have other designs in mind? Cambria recommends complementary designs for any countertop you’re considering. Dive into the design details in the design palette.
12. Make sure your kitchen island is ready for entertaining.
While almost every kitchen island is well-suited for entertaining, this Wellington island takes it to the next level. With a custom ice well built into the countertop, this kitchen is always party-ready. Read more about the space in Palm Springs Life.
For more ideas, see our roundup of kitchen islands with unique shapes and styles. Ready to put your kitchen island ideas into action? Find your nearest Cambria dealer to start planning your dream kitchen.