Stainless steel, chrome and brushed nickel are the most readily available metals for kitchen hardware. Put a fresh but classic spin on your kitchen island with satin brass. While polished- and lacquered- brass styles come across as dated, the understated look of satin brass is more transitional and up to date.
Behind its glossy façade, this kitchen island conceals tons of hidden storage. A roll-out drawer under the sink is the perfect spot to stash cleaning supplies, while a slim pull-out cabinet holds plastic wrap and aluminum foil. When closed, the dishwasher is concealed with the same sleek finish as the rest of the island.
This kitchen island is constructed of butternut walnut wood and accented with oil-rubbed bronze pulls and a Pietra Del Cardosa soapstone countertop. In addition to ample storage, the island includes a pair of Sub Zero refrigerator drawers and a prep sink. A pair of industrial-style pendant lights above provide plenty of task lighting for meal prep.
Large-scale appliances are disguised behind cabinet doors to help give the kitchen an older, more traditional feel. The look of the brass cabinet and drawer pulls is continued out into the room with brass pendants.
Rustic wood floors, pine cabinetry and a red kitchen island give this kitchen a country look without being too literal. Traditional features like the stone backsplash, granite countertop and drawer pulls balance out the country elements.
The large black kitchen island with white marble countertop compliments a bank of contemporary cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The stylish black and white island has a built-in sink and pull out drawer dishwasher.
If you’re planning a built-in island, take advantage of every inch, outfitting it with drawers, shelves, cabinets and even under-counter appliances. “We added a pull-out spice drawer on this island to store frequently used items in an easily accessible space,” says designer Kristianne Watts. It also features a wine refrigerator and a raised dining bar.
This kitchen's clean lines and fresh white cabinets are warmed up by brass pulls and a blue base for the island. Lighting over the island is provided by a handsome black-and-gold pendant; creamy marble cascades over the top all the way down to the floor.
Pull up a high-back leather barstool to the white, marble island in this this modern, geometric kitchen. The small space features grand designs as seen from the countertop-to-ceiling patterned tile backsplash to the gray cabinetry and herringbone-patterned wooden pantry drawer.
The custom kitchen island in this minimalist kitchen has a pull-out tabletop for seating and hides a kitchen sink with a folding faucet and an induction cooktop. The island also boasts two large cupboards, three drawers, an under-counter fridge and a dishwasher.
For this warm, Moroccan inspired kitchen, all of the cabinets were custom made and lacquered white. To add visual interest to the design, custom panels of hand scraped White Oak laid out in a chevron pattern cover the refrigerator and freezer. Finally, un-lacquered brass appliance pulls, drawer pulls and cabinet hardware to finish the design.
This large kitchen features a bright yet soft color palette to accentuate the space. A white kitchen island offering a large amount of countertop space doubles as a tabletop by pulling out the brass barstools. A gray and white tile backsplash creates the look of movement throughout the room.
You don’t have to wait for a custom-made island to enjoy the style and functionality of a stone countertop. The Bluestone Kitchen Island, $1,999, from Crate & Barrel is crafted with reclaimed pine from old buildings and doors and topped with a lustrous slab of bluestone for a high-end look. Inside, two roomy drawers open with antiqued iron pulls, while spacious open shelves and two iron towel bars provide additional storage. The top slab of bluestone is wet sanded and waxed to a smooth finish that reveals its organic character. Two counter-height stools can be tucked inside for casual, in-kitchen dining.
Painting cabinets can be a big undertaking, but it pays off in the end in terms of look and cost savings. DIY blogger Yuni Min spent about three weeks painting all 39 cabinets and 23 drawers, including the island, in her kitchen. She used satin finishes of Behr’s Gray Shimmer for the perimeter cabinets and Behr’s Dawn Gray on the island to refashion the once dark cherry cupboards for a bright modern look. The transformation cost less than $300, she says.