1. Use an island to demarcate function
Place an island ingeniously and it’s possible to separate the food preparation zone from an intimate dining area, whilst also preserving that all important open-plan feel. In this fabulously modern space, the creamy cabinetry and luxe hi-gloss textures bring a sense of cohesion to a wonderfully spacious, light and airy kitchen-diner, with colour and design leading the eye past the confines of the interior to the outdoor space beyond.
2. Choose a multifunction design
Look closely at this classy, understated kitchen island and you’ll discover it serves a multitude of purposes – a place to wash, prep food, with a neat breakfast bar to eat at with tucked-under stools. It has integrated power points so you can plug in any kitchen appliances you need and even sports matching-wood alcove shelving for displaying pottery and books.
3. Make it modern
Keep the feel relaxed with a large, sleek and glossy island unit. This prime example sits serenely at the centre of its light and bright surroundings, complementing the modern kitchen scheme beautifully. The island provides a welcoming place to sit, eat and talk, with its extended bar and matching dark-chocolate seating. Keep your island worktop clean and uncluttered and add a pop of colour with bright lampshades suspended above.
4. Go large
If you’ve got the space, why be afraid to use it? At the heart of this spacious open-plan kitchen is an immense island with a glossy white worktop and dramatic dark grey Shaker-style cabinetry. This multifunctional unit has everything, including the kitchen sink! There’s infinite space to prep food, abundant storage and even an integrated dining area. If you have a generous kitchen that craves a show-stopping centre piece like this, think big, useful and above all, striking.
5. Foreground with colour
Go for a charming, bright blue kitchen island for a splash of stand-out colour in a neutral kitchen scheme. Compact and freestanding, this neat kitchen island sits comfortably in a smaller room and creates a graceful flow of movement around its space. With its fine black granite worktop and deep drawers with striking tan leather handles, there’s extra space for food preparation and room to store cutlery and other knick-knacks.
6. Make entertaining easy
Use your island to house a hob and a breakfast bar overhang for a truly sociable kitchen feature. This gorgeous example lets you be chef and entertainer all at once. There’s ample space on the hi-gloss worksurface for laying out tasting dishes and drinks and the addition of white stools and pendant lights makes this multi-purpose kitchen island super stylish too.
7. Raise it up
Make a statement and place your kitchen island on a platform. The clever use of multilevel flooring in this kitchen-diner helps separate the two areas with the Shaker-style kitchen units creating a functional food prep area. The island comes complete with additional preparation space, cupboards and a display shelf for pretty bowls and recipe books. Match it to your units for a super-streamlined feel.
8. Say it with drawers
Echo the homely feel of a country kitchen with a pastel blue centrepiece island. In an otherwise neutral scheme, this island adds a subtle injection of colour and draws the eye to its charming display of drawers and white knobs. An island isn’t just about the worksurface: this one is deep enough to house cupboards on the kitchen side and drawers on the entertaining side.
9. Go for a contrasting shade
Mix cream and brown units and bring in different textures to add an understated elegance to a kitchen. The sculptural copper pendants that hang above this smooth cocoa-coloured island with its sleek dark veneer doors and trio of cream leather breakfast bar stools, create a beautiful focal point. It goes to show that mix-and-match kitchen units can create a harmonious effect.
10. Turn a table into an island
For an easy and affordable way to create a pretty and practical feature in a kitchen, upcycle a vintage table and use it as an island. Choose any paint colour you wish to transform your centrepiece, then add fresh flowers in glass bottle vases and an upcycled breakfast stool in contrasting colours to complete the look.