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All About Kitchen Islands

Placed at the heart of the cook space, these multipurpose units can enhance a kitchen's utility and appearance

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Don't forget to look up when designing your space. In this kitchen, the box beams on the ceiling are a sunny shade of yellow to match the cabinets. Exposed ceiling beams make a space with a high ceiling feel more welcoming.

ELEGANT DESIGN FOR ISLAND KITCHENS

Photo: Olson Photographic/Cornerhouse Stock | thisoldhouse.com | from All About Kitchen Islands

want an island like this in my kitchen, will happen when I have my formal dining room!

open lower shelves on kitchen island. Harvest or farmhouse table look which is why I think I'm drawn to these types of islands - they look like furniture (table) in the room instead of cabinetry

Kitchen: White Cabinets with Rustic Wood Island for dish etc. storage. by www.lisalubyryan.com

white kitchen with exposed beams, open shelves, farm table, crocks, white dishes, and pot filler faucet

This kitchen has glazed cabinet doors on either side of the hood, along with a nice black countertop. I don't like the pendants or the open shelving.

Steal of a Deal: A $300 workbench does wonders as an island in this small kitchen. The homeowner found the antique workbench at a salvage shop -- complete with a patina top -- and transformed it into an island with cottage style by adding ball feet, cream-color paint, and a shelf at the bottom for open storage. The island supplies an abundance of work space and a casual eating area.

Love this idea for a kitchen island

How to build your own kitchen island using stock cabinets. | Illustration: Arthur Mount | thisoldhouse.com