54 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas & Designs (Pictures)

Lengthy island features huge expanse of natural wood countertop with built-in sink and large seating area.

Welcome to our gallery featuring stunning kitchen islands in a wide ranging galaxy of colors, materials, and styles.

When I think of my favorite kitchens from childhood on through now, the ones that have always stood out contained an island. Not just any island, but something unique, a standout piece of the space that commands attention, offers utility, and truly completes a room.

I recall a friend’s home featuring an island with  myriad cubby spaces that we could hide in as kids; the thing felt magical!

Growing up, I realized that the best of them still offer that same sense of magic and fun. Whether it’s a unique shape, bold material, or rich feature set, they often command attention in already luxurious kitchens. With an already jam-packed space full of the necessities, from appliances to fixtures and more, the island offers an opportunity to get creative.

Dining spaces bump against second sinks, ranges, innovative storage solutions, and plain old expanses of beautiful marble. As you’ll see in the following collection, there are few things that cannot be done with a good kitchen island.

We hope you feel as inspired as we have with the islands presented here.  If you’re looking for a more economical kitchen island solution – check out these smaller, portable islands.



Expansive, open kitchen features island done in white painted wood with dark slate grey countertop, array of useful drawers.

Expansive, open kitchen features island done in white painted wood with dark slate grey countertop, array of useful drawers.

Ultra modern kitchen featuring slanted, natural wood island with glass countertop connected to large central concrete pillar.

Ultra modern kitchen featuring slanted, natural wood island with glass countertop connected to large central concrete pillar. Source: Zillow DigsTM

Light grey island with dining seating features black countertop and full kitchen sink.

Light grey island with dining seating features black countertop and full kitchen sink.

Lush beige tones throughout this kitchen, including filigreed wood island with rounded marble countertop.

Lush beige tones throughout this kitchen, including filigreed wood island with rounded marble countertop.

Minimalist dark wood paneling throughout this kitchen with triangular matching island featuring expanse of white glossy countertop.

Minimalist dark wood paneling throughout this kitchen with triangular matching island featuring expanse of white glossy countertop.

Luxurious, modern kitchen awash in dark purple and wood tones featuring marble topped island with extended dining table attached.

Luxurious, modern kitchen awash in dark purple and wood tones featuring marble topped island with extended dining table attached. Source: Zillow DigsTM

Large modern white and dark brown kitchen with huge modern island with breakfast bar.

Large modern white and dark brown kitchen with huge modern island with breakfast bar.

A kitchen of contrasts holds this large island in black and white, replete with expansive built-in storage and full range.

A kitchen of contrasts holds this large island in black and white, replete with expansive built-in storage and full range.

Rich dark wood tones throughout this kitchen featuring two-tier island with full bar seating and dark marble countertops.

Rich dark wood tones throughout this kitchen featuring two-tier island with full bar seating and dark marble countertops.

Luxurious beige tone island features wide overhang for dining, with built in range.

Luxurious beige tone island features wide overhang for dining, with built in range.

This compact island in white features two-tiered natural wood countertop with plenty of dining space and hood vent with extra shelving overhead.

This compact island in white features two-tiered natural wood countertop with plenty of dining space and hood vent with extra shelving overhead.

Large island doubling as dining table, with large overhang and carved wood legs. Light marble countertop matches with kitchen while white wood paneling adds contrast.

Large island doubling as dining table, with large overhang and carved wood legs. Light marble countertop matches with kitchen while white wood paneling adds contrast.

Rich red wood over beige marble flooring throughout this kitchen. Large two-tiered island with marble countertop features dining seating and built-in storage.

Rich red wood over beige marble flooring throughout this kitchen. Large two-tiered island with marble countertop features dining seating and built-in storage. Source: Zillow DigsTM

Dark wood and marble countertop island stands out in this white and beige kitchen, with ample dining seating all around.

Dark wood and marble countertop island stands out in this white and beige kitchen, with ample dining seating all around.

Lush green tones liven this kitchen, awash in beige wood paneling on cupboards and octagonal island. Island features built-in sink and range on forest green marble countertop.

Lush green tones liven this kitchen, awash in beige wood paneling on cupboards and octagonal island. Island features built-in sink and range on forest green marble countertop.

Unique, white toned island stands apart in this black-floored kitchen, with light wood tones and white marble countertop and side panels.

Unique, white toned island stands apart in this black-floored kitchen, with light wood tones and white marble countertop and side panels.

Ornate, modern kitchen features imposing island in black wood and light marble countertop, featuring dining area between shelving, and full sink.

Ornate, modern kitchen features imposing island in black wood and light marble countertop, featuring dining area between shelving, and full sink. Source: Zillow DigsTM

Rich, natural wood kitchen holds this large, contrasting light wood island at center, with built-in dishwasher, storage, and sink, across from dining seating.

Rich, natural wood kitchen holds this large, contrasting light wood island at center, with built-in dishwasher, storage, and sink, across from dining seating.

Warm wood tones unify this kitchen featuring large island with ample seating area, built-in shelving and full kitchen sink.

Warm wood tones unify this kitchen featuring large island with ample seating area, built-in shelving and full kitchen sink.

Large, open kitchen features immense island done in natural wood tones, with built-in glass cabinetry, dining area, and full sink on marble countertop.

Large, open kitchen features immense island done in natural wood tones, with built-in glass cabinetry, dining area, and full sink on marble countertop.

White island with rosy marble countertop under dual chandeliers stands apart in this natural wood toned kitchen.

White island with rosy marble countertop under dual chandeliers stands apart in this natural wood toned kitchen.

Here we have another two-tiered island adding contrast to a kitchen with warm natural wood and dark marble countertop.

Here we have another two-tiered island adding contrast to a kitchen with warm natural wood and dark marble countertop.

All-white kitchen replete with minimalist wood island and dining table hybrid. Large natural wood beams above add contrast.

All-white kitchen replete with minimalist wood island and dining table hybrid. Large natural wood beams above add contrast.  Source: Zillow DigsTM

Red wood features heavily in this kitchen, contrasting with light beige tile flooring and countertops. Elaborate, multi-tiered island has built-in bread box and ample dining space.

Red wood features heavily in this kitchen, contrasting with light beige tile flooring and countertops. Elaborate, multi-tiered island has built-in bread box and ample dining space.

Kitchen centered around lengthy island featuring full range, sink, and dishwasher, plus raised marble countertop for dining.

Kitchen centered around lengthy island featuring full range, sink, and dishwasher, plus raised marble countertop for dining.

White wood with beige marble countertop island features bar style seating with natural wood stools.

White wood with beige marble countertop island features bar style seating with natural wood stools.

Wide open space centered around oblong island in natural wood cabinetry, topped with white marble under large metal pot hanger.

Wide open space centered around oblong island in natural wood cabinetry, topped with white marble under large metal pot hanger. Source: Zillow DigsTM

Luxurious kitchen awash in light marble tones, dominated by large dark wood island with filigreed siding and built-in secondary sink.

Luxurious kitchen awash in light marble tones, dominated by large dark wood island with filigreed siding and built-in secondary sink.

Light painted wood island features bright natural wood countertop, matching hardwood flooring in this detailed kitchen.

Light painted wood island features bright natural wood countertop, matching hardwood flooring in this detailed kitchen.

Compact, richly detailed kitchen holds this two-tiered island with built-in sink and raised dining surface of light marble.

Compact, richly detailed kitchen holds this two-tiered island with built-in sink and raised dining surface of light marble.

Kitchen space stands as part of larger open area, featuring warm wood paneling on every vertical surface and black marble countertop attachment for dining area.

Kitchen space stands as part of larger open area, featuring warm wood paneling on every vertical surface and black marble countertop attachment for dining area.

Dark cherry  wood and darker marble countertops unify this kitchen, featuring expansive L-shaped island with built-in wine rack and ample dining space.

Dark cherry  wood and darker marble countertops unify this kitchen, featuring expansive L-shaped island with built-in wine rack and ample dining space.

Island comprised of stone wall and rich wood paneling matching the cabinetry throughout this kitchen, features marble countertop and raised wood dining surface.

Island comprised of stone wall and rich wood paneling matching the cabinetry throughout this kitchen, features marble countertop and raised wood dining surface.

Large open kitchen is thoroughly dominated by multi-part island with full height counter space attached to C-shaped lower dining extension, replete with glass panel cabinetry and bookshelf space under rich marble countertops.

Large open kitchen is thoroughly dominated by multi-part island with full height counter space attached to C-shaped lower dining extension, replete with glass panel cabinetry and bookshelf space under rich marble countertops. Source: Zillow DigsTM

White island stands apart from natural wood tones throughout this kitchen, with light marble counter space and dining seating across from sink.

White island stands apart from natural wood tones throughout this kitchen, with light marble counter space and dining seating across from sink.

White kitchen features dual islands: traditional model featuring sink and dark blue marble countertop, and second dining-area island with space for three.

White kitchen features dual islands: traditional model featuring sink and dark blue marble countertop, and second dining-area island with space for three.

Traditional wood island matching cabinetry throughout this kitchen features marble countertop and circular dining area extension.

Traditional wood island matching cabinetry throughout this kitchen features marble countertop and circular dining area extension. Source: Zillow DigsTM

In this kitchen defined by wraparound counter space, modest sized island commands attention with built-in wine cooler and full sink over dark hardwood paneling.

In this kitchen defined by wraparound counter space, modest sized island commands attention with built-in wine cooler and full sink over dark hardwood paneling.

Sleek, modernist kitchen replete with glossy white paneling throughout, with natural wood island with built-in range.

Sleek, modernist kitchen replete with glossy white paneling throughout, with natural wood island with built-in range.

Natural tones throughout this space, with C-shape island complete with dining seating, full sink and black marble countertop.

Natural tones throughout this space, with C-shape island complete with dining seating, full sink and black marble countertop.

Bright painted island illuminates this kitchen over natural hardwood flooring. Built-in sink shares marble countertop with dining space.

Bright painted island illuminates this kitchen over natural hardwood flooring. Built-in sink shares marble countertop with dining space.

Compact, detail-rich island sits at the center of this natural wood kitchen, with both painted and natural sides, plus rounded marble countertop.

Compact, detail-rich island sits at the center of this natural wood kitchen, with both painted and natural sides, plus rounded marble countertop.

Rich patterned marble countertop extends to round dining space on this natural wood island.

Rich patterned marble countertop extends to round dining space on this natural wood island.

Unique, white stone island with marble countertop stands apart in this kitchen flush with natural wood tones.

Unique, white stone island with marble countertop stands apart in this kitchen flush with natural wood tones.

Immense island dominates this space, with dark wood paneling and two-tiered marble countertops with full dining area and built-in sink.

Immense island dominates this space, with dark wood paneling and two-tiered marble countertops with full dining area and built-in sink.

Natural wood paneling under light marble countertop define this wedge-shaped island with full dining space.

Natural wood paneling under light marble countertop define this wedge-shaped island with full dining space.

Ultra luxurious island features wine cooler and hidden storage space under large dark marble countertop in this kitchen.

Ultra luxurious island features wine cooler and hidden storage space under large dark marble countertop in this kitchen. Source: Zillow DigsTM

Expansive island matches dark wood and light marble countertop theme of kitchen, with lengthy dining seating and secondary sink built-in.

Expansive island matches dark wood and light marble countertop theme of kitchen, with lengthy dining seating and secondary sink built-in.

White kitchen features matching island with contrasting black countertop, full dining seating and built-in sink.

White kitchen features matching island with contrasting black countertop, full dining seating and built-in sink.

Truly ornate wraparound island features under-counter lighting and expanse of black marble countertop, with seating for 5.

Truly ornate wraparound island features under-counter lighting and expanse of black marble countertop, with seating for 5. Source: Zillow DigsTM

This dark wood kitchen features matching large island with black marble countertop, complete with second sink and ornate dining chairs.

This dark wood kitchen features matching large island with black marble countertop, complete with second sink and ornate dining chairs.

Natural wood material belies modern setup on this island with hidden utility cart, elaborate cupboards and built-in wine rack next to dining area.

Natural wood material belies modern setup on this island with hidden utility cart, elaborate cupboards and built-in wine rack next to dining area.

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