It was important to this family that they have a space in their home to host their quilting lessons, so the kitchen was designed with that in mind. The over sized kitchen island made the perfect space for that, but they needed a durable material for the countertops. Enter Bubinga wood. Bubinga wood is an African hardwood that is not only beautiful, but is also extremely durable. This kitchen countertop is cut from a slab of Bubinga wood that is three inches thick, making it plenty durable to sustain the wear and tear of beginning quilters.
This beautiful wooden kitchen island has a black marble countertop, illuminated by silver pendant lights hanging overhead. Wooden barstools with plaid cushions add green and red to the neutral kitchen. The dark island stands out against the white cabinets and neutral tile floor.
The big island in this contemporary kitchen includes a drawer microwave and a steam oven, subtle visually and yet very functional. The countertop is white quartz with a 2-inch thick walnut butcher block on the end.
A light green kitchen island topped with a dark wood countertop features rows of drawers to store kitchen utensils and other essentials. A casual dining area overlooking the Texan landscape offers a place to eat in the country-style kitchen.
This classic beach house kitchen is flooded with natural light and breathtaking views of the ocean. A gorgeous wood countertop on the island provides contrast against the crisp white cabinetry, and glass pendants add the perfect finishing touch.
Texture makes all the difference in the kitchen: Cabinets are gunmetal gray with silver pulls. The backsplash consists of tiny mosaic tiles that beg to be touched and look stunning against the marble countertop. There's even a wooden bird friend.
With a large limestone island with hidden USB ports and charging stations, this kitchen truly is the hub of the home for a large family. Beckwith Interiors opened the space up to make it feel larger and brighter and introduced reclaimed wood shelving and trim, a glass backsplash behind the stove and white shaker cabinetry to blend the modern and rustic styles the homeowners love.
Waste not, want not: Instead of heading to the lumber yard, more and more furniture designers are looking to the past for their materials. This Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island, $475, from Herb’s Furnishings is one great example. Handcrafted of 100% reclaimed wood from Baltimore, Md., the island’s frame is crafted from old beams, and its shelves are reclaimed pine paneling. The butcher's block top is made of reclaimed hardwood flooring, which is sealed with food-safe mineral oil and beeswax. The island sits on leveling stems to ensure a flat cutting surface, and it includes a steel bar with S hooks for hanging pots and other utensils.
An island featuring a cool waterfall countertop is the focal point of this contemporary kitchen. Stainless steel appliances are integrated into the kitchen's sleek wood cabinetry for a streamlined look.