45 Upscale Small Kitchen Islands in Small Kitchens

Spectacular collection of 45 upscale small kitchen islands in small kitchens. Includes small modern kitchens, country kitchens, traditional, contemporary and more.

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Welcome to our gallery featuring a selection of 45 small kitchen islands in small kitchens.

This extensive collection includes styles ranging from modern to contemporary to rustic, each one with its own unique charm.

Between white kitchens, dark wood kitchens and kitchens with synthetic material, this collection is one of our most varied in terms of design and style.  Even though they’re small islands, many offer features larger islands have such as island sinks, island stoves, an area for sitting and more.

The above eat-in kitchen has a small glass-tile backsplash and granite countertops that are polished to a high sheen.

Check out our full design review on the above kitchen.

Other kitchens to look for are those with stonework around the cabinets, giving the room an old-world feel and rustic charm; kitchens with utterly minimalistic style with no fixtures on any of the cabinetry; and kitchens with multi-tonal wood or stone island countertops.

While a larger kitchen is a very common reason that people want to move out of their current home, these smaller kitchen designs prove that with the right layout, any size kitchen can be a dream kitchen design.

This upscale small kitchens gallery doesn’t feature tiny kitchen designs and that’s by design.

Instead we wish to illustrate how you can create incredible kitchen island design ideas in small to moderate kitchen spaces – each kitchen including an island.  In other words, you don’t need a huge footprint in order to design a beautiful and functional kitchen with an island.

We hope you’ll enjoy this selection of beautiful kitchens.

A kitchen with a small preparation area on the island across from the stove and oven. On either side of the cooking area is a stone wall. The countertops are a light beige granite that complements the tile backsplash. The entryway and stairs up to the second floor are just around the corner from the small open-concept kitchen.

A kitchen with a small preparation area on the island across from the stove and oven. On either side of the cooking area is a stone wall. The countertops are a light beige granite that complements the tile backsplash. The entryway and stairs up to the second floor are just around the corner from the small open-concept kitchen.

A stunning minimalist kitchen with a mixture of white glossy synthetic countertops and natural wood with a striking woodgrain. The countertops are layered to look as though they weren't originally together. The white and wood of this kitchen is accented by the chrome legs of the island and of the other fixtures.

A stunning minimalist kitchen with a mixture of white glossy synthetic countertops and natural wood with a striking woodgrain. The countertops are layered to look as though they weren’t originally together. The white and wood of this kitchen is accented by the chrome legs of the island and of the other fixtures.

Check out our full review of this kitchen design.

A small eat-in kitchen with rich cherry wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The green-gray granite countertops almost glow when lit up by the under-cabinet lighting. The small kitchen island plays host to two modern-style barstools with metallic backs.

A small eat-in kitchen with rich cherry wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The green-gray granite countertops almost glow when lit up by the under-cabinet lighting. The small kitchen island plays host to two modern-style barstools with metallic backs.

View more of our in depth design review.

A country kitchen with a two-tiered kitchen island with seating for three. The large iron light fixture above the island also holds pots, woven baskets, and dried herbs. The granite of the island contrasts with the clean, sleek tile of the white countertops.

A country kitchen with a two-tiered kitchen island with seating for three.  The large iron light fixture above the island also holds pots, woven baskets, and dried herbs. The granite of the island contrasts with the clean, sleek tile of the white countertops.

A small kitchen with a two-tier island and bead board accents on the cabinet. A door on the right wall leads out to the backyard. The walls and ceiling are covered in a subtle print. Foliage on yellow for the walls, dots on white on the ceiling.

A small kitchen with a two-tier island and bead board accents on the cabinet. A door on the right wall leads out to the backyard. The walls and ceiling are covered in a subtle print. Foliage on yellow for the walls, dots on white on the ceiling. Source: Zillow DigsTM

A small kitchen in white with contrasting dark wood stools at the eat-in kitchen island. The backsplash is a very trendy white subway tile, and the white refrigerator is covered with faux cabinetry.

A small kitchen in white with contrasting dark wood stools at the eat-in kitchen island. The backsplash is a very trendy white subway tile, and the white refrigerator is covered with faux cabinetry.

A modern kitchen with frosted-glass cabinetry and shelving on the side of the room and behind the main preparation area. The cooktop is in the kitchen island, leaving more countertop space for preparation.

A modern kitchen with frosted-glass cabinetry and shelving on the side of the room and behind the main preparation area. The cooktop is in the kitchen island, leaving more countertop space for preparation.

A luxurious and modestly-sized kitchen with a lower level of the island for dining. The kitchen island has the majority of the preparation space in this kitchen, with only landing spaces on either side of the stove and a small counter to the right of the ovens.

A luxurious and modestly-sized kitchen with a lower level of the island for dining. The kitchen island has the majority of the preparation space in this kitchen, with only landing spaces on either side of the stove and a small counter to the right of the ovens.

A modern and minimalist kitchen in white with a built in wine rack and cooler into the lower cabinetry. The island is a rich wood that contrasts beautifully with the rest of the white or ivory kitchen.

A modern and minimalist kitchen in white with a built in wine rack and cooler into the lower cabinetry. The island is a rich wood that contrasts beautifully with the rest of the white or ivory kitchen.

A smaller country kitchen with bronzed fixtures and faucet and an antique rotary telephone on the wall to the right. The refrigerator is covered to match the cabinetry, with only the ice and water dispenser to out it.

A smaller country kitchen with bronzed fixtures and faucet and an antique rotary telephone on the wall to the right. The refrigerator is covered to match the cabinetry, with only the ice and water dispenser to out it.

A very small kitchen with a bold red glass tile backsplash and three mismatched barstools. The island has a granite countertop that extends to the beautiful pine floor.

A very small kitchen with a bold red glass tile backsplash and three mismatched barstools. The island has a granite countertop that extends to the beautiful pine floor. See more of this home here. Designed by Four Brothers LLC.

A country kitchen with a pale green and polished wood island and an iron baker's rack that's been painted a bright green.

A country kitchen with a pale green and polished wood island and an iron baker’s rack that’s been painted a bright green.

An elegant eat-in kitchen of modest size, featuring a large granite island with a white base. The rest of the cabinets in the kitchen are a light natural wood. Mounted on the wall behind the stove is a long faucet that's perfect for filling up heavy stockpots that don't fit well in the sink.

An elegant eat-in kitchen of modest size, featuring a large granite island with a white base. The rest of the cabinets in the kitchen are a light natural wood. Mounted on the wall behind the stove is a long faucet that’s perfect for filling up heavy stockpots that don’t fit well in the sink.

A casual, charming contemporary small kitchen with a walk-in pantry off to the side. The dark stained cabinetry complements the subway tile backsplash and wall accents like the enormous key. The kitchen is open to the dining room, which features a large glass-top table

A casual, charming contemporary small kitchen with a walk-in pantry off to the side. The dark stained cabinetry complements the subway tile backsplash and wall accents like the enormous key. The kitchen is open to the dining room, which features a large glass-top table. Source: Zillow DigsTM

A small kitchen where the majority of the countertop space is centered on the two-tier island. The higher tier is used as a long eat-in bar with room for four. Visible from the side is the built-in wine rack.

A small kitchen where the majority of the countertop space is centered on the two-tier island. The higher tier is used as a long eat-in bar with room for four. Visible from the side is the built-in wine rack.

Lengthy pendant lights hang in a trio above the curved, polished wooden island with black iron accents. A gorgeous skylight above the sink area lets in natural light to brighten the small kitchen.

Lengthy pendant lights hang in a trio above the curved, polished wooden island with black iron accents. A gorgeous skylight above the sink area lets in natural light to brighten the small kitchen.

A small but chic loft kitchen with pre-fabricated cabinets and island from IKEA and a lovely tile backsplash. The money saved on the cabinetry allowed for high-end appliances in stainless steel.

A small but chic loft kitchen with pre-fabricated cabinets and island from IKEA and a lovely tile backsplash. The money saved on the cabinetry allowed for high-end appliances in stainless steel. See more of this home here. Designed by Four Brothers LLC.

A small kitchen situated against a half-wall in the center of the open-concept living area of an attic living space. The slanted roof makes it difficult to place the kitchen anywhere but in the center of the room. The kitchen itself has glossy black formica countertops and frosted-glass faced wall cabinets.

A small kitchen situated against a half-wall in the center of the open-concept living area of an attic living space. The slanted roof makes it difficult to place the kitchen anywhere but in the center of the room. The kitchen itself has glossy black formica countertops and frosted-glass faced wall cabinets.

A view the above kitchen from another angle, showing the slanted roof and the dining set in the background.

A view the above kitchen from another angle, showing the slanted roof and the dining set in the background.

A small kitchen with a beautiful multi-colored backsplash and natural wood cabinetry. The island is host to a dual-basin sink in stainless steel.

A small kitchen with a beautiful multi-colored backsplash and natural wood cabinetry. The island is host to a dual-basin sink in stainless steel.

A small combined kitchen and dining room space with an elegant wine rack within reaching distance from the dining table. The white cabinetry and ivory backsplash complement the white pillars in the foreground.

A small combined kitchen and dining room space with an elegant wine rack within reaching distance from the dining table. The white cabinetry and ivory backsplash complement the white pillars in the foreground.

A small black and white kitchen with light hardwood oak flooring and a glass-tile backsplash behind the stove. Contemporary oval glass pendant lighting above the eat-in island with additional storage cabinets on either end.

A small black and white kitchen with light hardwood oak flooring and a glass-tile backsplash behind the stove. Contemporary oval glass pendant lighting above the eat-in island with additional storage cabinets on either end.

A minimalist kitchen with lined dark wood cabinetry and white matte countertops overlooking a balcony patio and the city at night.

A minimalist kitchen with lined dark wood cabinetry and white matte countertops overlooking a balcony patio and the city at night.

Another modern kitchen with a striped island countertop in white and grays. The stainless steel appliances contrast with the more natural dark hardwood lower cabinetry and the built in wine rack.

Another modern kitchen with a striped island countertop in white and grays. The stainless steel appliances contrast with the more natural dark hardwood lower cabinetry and the built in wine rack. See more of this home here. Designed by KUBE Architecture.

An apartment kitchen with glossy black cabinetry and white countertops. The island has shelving on one side beneath the countertop.

An apartment kitchen with glossy black cabinetry and white countertops. The island has shelving on one side beneath the countertop. Source: Zillow DigsTM

A contemporary kitchen with rich red-toned cabinetry and sleek metallic backed barstools around the sizable kitchen island.

A contemporary kitchen with rich red-toned cabinetry and sleek metallic backed barstools around the sizable kitchen island.

A small kitchen split between light hardwood floors and dusky red-tile. The two-tiered island has a butcher-block countertop and hanging storage for pot covers.

A small kitchen split between light hardwood floors and dusky red-tile. The two-tiered island has a butcher-block countertop and hanging storage for pot covers.

 A small kitchen with an L-shaped island in two-toned granite. Large floor-to-ceiling windows peer out on the backyard patio, complete with a layered stone fireplace.

 A small kitchen with an L-shaped island in two-toned granite. Large floor-to-ceiling windows peer out on the backyard patio, complete with a layered stone fireplace.

A starkly minimalist and modern small kitchen with glossy cabinetry and sleek accents. Ample lighting is provided by the series of square recessed lights.

A starkly minimalist and modern small kitchen with glossy cabinetry and sleek accents. Ample lighting is provided by the series of square recessed lights.

Another modern and minimalist small kitchen with hard wood floors and white cabinetry without visible pulls. The seamless windows that cover the rear of the room have pull-down shades for privacy.

Another modern and minimalist small kitchen with hard wood floors and white cabinetry without visible pulls. The seamless windows that cover the rear of the room have pull-down shades for privacy.

An entire kitchen and dining room in pristine white. The kitchen is divided into two halves by the center wall, with a dining set on either side.

An entire kitchen and dining room in pristine white. The kitchen is divided into two halves by the center wall, with a dining set on either side. See more of this home here. Designed by JM Architecture.

A lovely small kitchen with high-end appliances and a mixture of white and wood cabinetry. The backsplash is in a soft, baby blue with peacock accents on the countertop.

A lovely small kitchen with high-end appliances and a mixture of white and wood cabinetry. The backsplash is in a soft, baby blue with peacock accents on the countertop.

An angled kitchen with a vertical and horizontal glass tile backsplash and an angular island with white countertops.

An angled kitchen with a vertical and horizontal glass tile backsplash and an angular island with white countertops.

A contemporary kitchen in white and cream with a bold striped backsplash. The details on the cabinetry and island really add charm.

A contemporary kitchen in white and cream with a bold striped backsplash. The details on the cabinetry and island really add charm.

A luxurious white kitchen with chrome accents and a lengthy island in white marble with black veining. The trio of metallic orange light fixtures add a bold pop of color to the kitchen.

A luxurious white kitchen with chrome accents and a lengthy island in white marble with black veining. The trio of metallic orange light fixtures add a bold pop of color to the kitchen.

A bright, yet small kitchen with brick accents on one wall of the curved kitchen. The white cabinetry is lightly distressed for a country-style.

A bright, yet small kitchen with brick accents on one wall of the curved kitchen. The white cabinetry is lightly distressed for a country-style. See more of this home here. Designed by Architectural Designs.

A white kitchen with glass-tile backsplash and hardwood flooring. A small kitchen island has chairs that match those of the dining set just behind them.

A white kitchen with glass-tile backsplash and hardwood flooring. A small kitchen island has chairs that match those of the dining set just behind them.

A beautiful, elegant kitchen with accents of olive green and a diamond-patterned backsplash. The multi-tonal stone tile floor adds simple, easy-to-care for elegance to the space.

A beautiful, elegant kitchen with accents of olive green and a diamond-patterned backsplash. The multi-tonal stone tile floor adds simple, easy-to-care for elegance to the space.

A contemporary, open kitchen with peek-a-boo windows throughout the space. The combination of textured tile on the walls and the varying wood grain of the cabinetry make for a visually interesting room.

A contemporary, open kitchen with peek-a-boo windows throughout the space. The combination of textured tile on the walls and the varying wood grain of the cabinetry make for a visually interesting room. Source: Zillow DigsTM

A white kitchen with olive-green tile backsplash and an ornate dark-wood floor. The top wall cabinets are backlit and used for display.

A white kitchen with olive-green tile backsplash and an ornate dark-wood floor. The top wall cabinets are backlit and used for display.

A contemporary kitchen in gray and beige with bold accents of orange. The wide stove and oven has a metallic cover that can be used to set pans on.

A contemporary kitchen in gray and beige with bold accents of orange. The wide stove and oven has a metallic cover that can be used to set pans on.

A kitchen tucked into a small space between rooms, with pale green walls and a beige backsplash. The black island contrasts beautifully with the rest of the white cabinetry.

A kitchen tucked into a small space between rooms, with pale green walls and a beige backsplash. The black island contrasts beautifully with the rest of the white cabinetry.

A sleek kitchen in gray wood with a vertical grain. Beyond the short end of the "L" us a dining set and a small living room.

A sleek kitchen in gray wood with a vertical grain. Beyond the short end of the “L” us a dining set and a small living room.

A modern kitchen with a wall of black cabinetry on the right wall and a door leading to the balcony on the left. This kitchen is in bold color, including red and green, with a gray stone tile backsplash extending up to the ceiling.

A modern kitchen with a wall of black cabinetry on the right wall and a door leading to the balcony on the left. This kitchen is in bold color, including red and green, with a gray stone tile backsplash extending up to the ceiling.

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