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White L-shaped kitchen with island

We have a U-shaped kitchen with no island (peninsula instead).  You could say our island couldn’t be more different than the collection of L-shaped kitchens with an island in this gallery.

This kitchen layout works very well in an open-concept living space because it opens up and out to the other areas of the space such as dining area and/or living room space.  The island serves as a barrier of sorts, but also a great gathering area that straddles the entire open living space.

Below you can browse the many l-shaped kitchens each with an island.

Small modern white kitchen with pendant lighting over island breakfast bar. | Source: Zillow DigsTM

L-shaped traditional kitchen with island breakfast bar, wooden cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. | Source: Zillow DigsTM

Traditional L-shaped dine-in-kitchen with recessed and pendant lights. | Source: Zillow DigsTM

Contemporary dine-in-kitchen with built-in desk, stainless steel appliances and tile flooring. | Source: Zillow DigsTM

Country style dine-in-kitchen with chandelier, white walls, farmhouse sink and central island. | Source: Zillow DigsTM

Contemporary blue kitchen in L-shape with brown flat panel cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, central island breakfast bar and French doors. | Source: Zillow DigsTM

Mid-size beach style kitchen with blue raised panel cabinets, white subway tile backsplash, track and pendant lighting, stainless steel appliances and central island breakfast bar. | Photo by ZaZood - Look for kitchen design inspiration

Country orange kitchen with tiled floor and center island. | Source: Zillow DigsTM

Country orange kitchen with hardwood floor and ceiling with beams. | Source: Zillow DigsTM

Eclectic orange L-shaped kitchen with hardwood floors. | Source: Zillow DigsTM

Contemporary purple kitchen with breakfast counter. | Source: Zillow DigsTM

Cottage chic kitchen with beige cabinetry, earth tones tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and tile flooring. |

Open-concept Country style kitchen in L-shape with pot rack, stainless steel appliances and central island with sink and built-in shelving. |

Massive dine-in-kitchen with beam ceiling, large pendant lighting and tile flooring. |

White kitchen with pendant lights, recessed panel cabinets, stainless steel appliances, central island and hardwood flooring. |

White kitchen with recessed panel cabinetry, pendant lights, central island and hardwood flooring. |

Contemporary kitchen with tall vaulted ceiling, arched doorway, green walls and dark brown cabinetry. |

L-shaped beige kitchen with pendant lights, stainless steel appliances, island breakfast bar and hardwood flooring. |

Traditional kitchen with walk-in pantry, stainless steel appliances and pendant lighting over the island breakfast bar. |

White dine-in-kitchen with pendant lights, wine storage, stainless steel appliances and island breakfast bar. |

Country style kitchen with a brick fireplace, built-in shelving instead of wall cabinets and flagstone tile flooring. |

Dine-in-kitchen with pendant lighting, white recessed panel cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. |

Dine-in modern kitchen with track lighting, stainless steel appliances and tile flooring. |

Open-spaced L-shaped brown kitchen featuring a kitchen island breakfast bar with stone base. |

Tropical kitchen featuring white walls, stainless steel appliances, an arched doorway and a kitchen island with breakfast bar and built-in sink. |

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What is an L-shaped kitchen?

It’s a kitchen where the cabinetry forms an L-shape.  There are two sides.  One is usually longer than the other, but not always.  This layout is perfect for an island because there’s a large space in the center.  Some kitchens instead put a table in the center, but most have an island.

Relatively new design

The L-shaped kitchen is relatively new and its rise to prominence is a result of the growing popularity of open concept living spaces.  You can imagine that a L-shaped kitchen doesn’t make sense in an enclosed kitchen.  Those kitchens are typically U-shaped (like ours).  But in an open concept living space where there’s a dining area and/or living room in the same room, the L-shaped design is perfect for efficiently using space and creating a great aesthetic.

“L-Shaped Kitchen” trending chart

Check out the upward trendiness of this type of kitchen:

“Kitchen Island” trending chart

The upward trending chart trajectory of “kitchen island” is also impressive:

“Open Concept” trending chart

Finally, check out the trending chart for “open concept”:

“Open concept” trends along in sync with L-shaped kitchen (uncannily so):

Will these trends last forever?

No. Trends come and go and while open concept, l-shaped kitchen and kitchen islands are popular and trending in an upward direction now, rest assured, new and different kitchen layouts and designs will come along in due course.

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