Best design ideas for kitchen islands in 2017

Corner Space

The 16-square-foot island in this tiny farmhouse makes intelligent use of storage.

Marble Countertop

Designer Mark D. Sikes overlooks the blue-and-white French bistro stools and sky-blue walls using a mossy green island.

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Farmhouse Chic

The owner of the Minneapolis farmhouse-style attic made a kitchen island out of an old cabinet, which she topped with wooden packing crate slats. The stools are from Uline and the pendants are from The Foundry Home Goods.

A Dash of Color

Windsor stools along with a red-patterned carpet sit in front of the kitchen island within this Pennsylvania house. A supporting role is taken by Boat hardware as kitchen cupboard latches.

New Use for an Old Table

The late-1800s Belgian butcher’s table, today a kitchen island, still bears traces of newsprint in the table’s hardworking industrial times. The Georgia home’s owner abandoned the Carrara marble counters unhoned to reveal wear. The walls have been painted Nation Stove White from Ralph Lauren.

Upcycled Desk

The homeowner of this revived country kitchen came across that early-1900s green desk — $350 at an antiques store — and saw an chance for a one-of-a-kind workstation. By propping wood planks to make the piece more functional, she improvised a lower shelf.

Neutral Features

Salvaged fixtures hang above the wooden-top island to enhance a more neutral aesthetic.


Rafters swathed in a dreamy shade of blue makes the space feel like it moves into the sky, while a minimalist island grounds the distance in this cabin.

Farmhouse Vibe

A Texas couple breathes new life in their 100-year-old home such as using a thoughtful mix of materials from reclaimed walls for their kitchen island.