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Rich walnut cabinets by Robert Bakes and a 16 1/2-foot island that seats eight lend a warm, inviting atmosphere for gatherings in the kitchen of a modern Sag Harbor house by designer Alexandra Fazio of Cecil Baker & Partners. The backsplash is hand-troweled plaster, made to look like an old concrete wall. Luce di Luna marble.

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The island in a Chicago kitchen designed by Mick de Guilio is topped with durable end-grain bamboo, which is not only resistant to scratches and moisture, but is a quickly renewable natural resource. The microwave is tucked unobtrusively into the kitchen island.

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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In a natural and modern Sonoma house, the steel island is topped with Pietra Grigia granite set into a metal frame. Barstools by Holly Hunt. Custom light fixture. A recessed oak cabinet was wire-brushed and stained black to echo the gunmetal finish on the island. "I like to use black in all my interiors," says designer Rela Gleason. "It's like an exclamation point."

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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Designer Krista Ewart used scalloped shapes throughout a Balboa Island beach house — such as in the kitchen island's trim and lighting. "That was a total theme," she says. "Scallops are feminine, but not overly feminine, a great old-fashioned smiley shape. They're young and happy — like polka dots." The pink Smeg refrigerator from Sears is the showstopper in the guest-suite kitchen. Lina rug from Plastica.

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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In an Arizona house designed by Dana Lyon, the kitchen island is topped with galvanized metal. Cake stand from Williams-Sonoma. White earthenware fruit basket from Tiffany & Co. Antique bench covered in Relieve Faux Leather by Brunschwig & Fils.

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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A pair of architect's drafting tables, found at a thrift store and modified with glass on top, now serve as an island in the Bridgehampton, New York, kitchen of designer Eldon Wong.

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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Carole Lalli, former editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine, designed this butcher-block-and-marble island in her Connecticut kitchen. "The really large island is because my daughters cook with me when they visit, and my husband is America's best prep cook."

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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Designer Susan Dossetter turned an antique baker's table into a kitchen island in a San Francisco kitchen. The vintage French towel racks were added on and the baker's table came with a new sycamore top.

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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Lee's Dual Seat Counter Benches at the kitchen island accommodate the four children of a family in an Alabama house designed by Paige Schnell and Doug Davis. Tiles are Akdo's Mini Brick. Urban Archaeology pendant light.

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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In a New York City kitchen designed by Incorporated Architecture & Design, the island was designed to look like a piece of furniture and is painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in Iron Mountain. Shutters painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in Old Blue Jeans bring a bright English country note into this urban kitchen. Counter stools by Calligaris.

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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In the kitchen of a San Francisco Victorian, designer Ken Fulk anchored the space with a black island and unified finishes in gleaming metal. Indecasa TB barstools from Design Within Reach; Visual Comfort pendant lamps; Sub-Zero refrigerator; Wolf range and hood. The glossy backsplash tiles are from Ann Sacks; Kemp Cabinets are screened with chicken wire.

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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"The mahogany-topped island can easily fit 12 stools," designer Parrish Chilcoat says. To set the cabinets and island apart, Chilcoat and Joe Lucas painted them two different shades: Farrow & Ball's Down Pipe, a warm gray, on the cabinets, and Benjamin Moore's cooler Chelsea Gray on the island in the kitchen of a California beach house. The backsplash is acid-washed Seagrass limestone from Classic Tile.

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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Designer Annie Brahler upgraded a vintage demilune chest by adding rear cabinets and a marble top to create the central island in the kitchen of her Jacksonville, Illinois, Victorian. Stainless-steel range and hood by Thermador.

12 Unique Kitchen Islands

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I like the dark cabinets, farmhouse sink, wall tile, & flooring...Kitchen Workspace: Some of the lower cabinets have a metal grating instead of wood, to add another layer of texture. "It reminds me of those old-fashioned pie safes, and it lets things breathe and dry," Dan Ruhland says. Parefeuille Peach antique terra-cotta flooring from Exquisite Surfaces.

A Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

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I like the dark cabinets, farmhouse sink, wall tile, & flooring...Kitchen Workspace: Some of the lower cabinets have a metal grating instead of wood, to add another layer of texture. "It reminds me of those old-fashioned pie safes, and it lets things breathe and dry," Dan Ruhland says. Parefeuille Peach antique terra-cotta flooring from Exquisite Surfaces.

A Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

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Rooms of the Week: A Santa Fe-Inspired Kitchen

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