Kitchen Islands: Add Beauty, Function and Value to the Heart of Your Home

Our favorite islands aren't necessarily vacation destinations; they can be found in kitchens all over the world.
By: Leslie Judson
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Well-Equipped Workstation

This island houses both a cooktop and a prep sink as well as ample storage in the form of drawers and open shelves.

Island for Four?

Pull a chair up to this weighty island or take a seat at the table with a view. Both are painted black and provide a striking contrast to the rest of the cabinetry. (Design by Beth Haley.)

Green Oasis

This proportionately sized island is painted in the kitchen's soft green accent color for a lovely, finished look with plenty of function. (Design by Jean Alan. Photo by Patty Carroll.)

Just Close Enough

This island is located adjacent to where meals are prepared and can be utilized for dining, for homework, as a buffet or for additional workspace. (Design by Don Raney and Jaymes Richardson.)

On an Angle

Think outside of the box when deciding on the shape of an island. This custom six-sided island is ideal for a contemporary rectangular kitchen. (Design by Troy Adams.)

Dual Purpose

Don't feel penned in by having to choose one material for your island's surface; this design incorporates both tile and butcher block. (Design by Didier Michot.)

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