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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.

This high-contrast kitchen features Swanbridge™ countertops, rattan stools, and herringbone backsplash. Photo: High Res Media.

  1. 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.


An Ella Matte™ island pairs with a Queen Anne Matte™ perimeter in this white and gray kitchen.
PhotoSpacecrafting.

  1. Pair blue cabinetry with Cambria Summerhill for a kitchen island with coastal flair.

Embrace a pop of color and bold countertop movement for your kitchen island, as in this stunning space by JK and Sons and InUnison Design featuring Summerhill.

Cornflower blue cabinets and Summerhill™ countertops create a fresh coastal look for this spacious kitchen island.

  1. Choose a double waterfall-edge kitchen island with Brittanicca for beautiful movement from every angle.

A double waterfall island maximizes the powerful movement of Brittanicca, a stunning Marble Collection™ Explore more swoon-worthy Brittanicca installs.

Brittanicca™ makes for a gorgeous double waterfall island in this space by Michael Paul Design + Build.

  1. 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.

Queen Anne Matte provides a striking top on a farmhouse table base, paired with a Torquay™ perimeter in this kitchen from Patti Wagner.

  1. 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.

Cambria Helmsley™, a captivating granite alternative, creates a dramatic focal point in this sophisticated kitchen by Jonathan Williams Kitchens.

  1. 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.

White Cliff™, Cambria’s purest white quartz countertop design, makes a pristine kitchen island. Photo: Spacecrafting.

  1. 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.

  1. Opt for a waterfall-edge kitchen island with beachy movement for iconic coastal style.

A waterfall edge brings out every wave of Oakmoor, a breathtaking Oceanic Collection™ design that offers serene, beach-sand tones and movement. Get more coastal kitchen ideas.

A waterfall-edge Oakmoor™ kitchen island offers coastal luxury in this space by Blackband Design and SC Homes. 

  1. 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.

Pops of turquoise and a Brittanicca backsplash help to showcase the beauty of the kitchen island countertop in this space by Erin Botz of Great Neighborhood Homes.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

A Bellingham™ island takes center stage in this kitchen by Toronto Interior Design Group. Photo: Gillian Jackson Photography.

  1. 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.

A custom Wellington™ island transforms this vintage modern kitchen into a happy hour hotspot. Space by: Stein Design and Rucker Muth Luxury Builders. Photo: Lance Gerber.

 

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.