Contrast is key in this bright white kitchen. A white marble countertop on the kitchen island contrasts the black countertops elsewhere in the room. White barstools stand out against the black-painted island base.
A large white island with a marble waterfall countertop houses a sink, dishwasher, microwave and warming drawer in this lovely white kitchen. Tall white cabinets boast a funky design, bringing midcentury modern flair to the space.
The HGTV Dream Home 2015 kitchen island is covered with an attractive butcher block countertop, which according to interior designer Linda Woodrum, “adds incredible warmth” to the space. By using different countertops in the kitchen, the room exudes a more custom, live-in appeal.
A large central island provides ample storage in this open kitchen. The custom terrazzo-blend island countertop features repurposed glass bottle shards from nearby restaurants for a personalized touch. Contrasting tumbled travertine and glass mosaic tile add depth and definition to this kitchen's warm color palette.
A ruby-colored natural quartz countertop, which consists of recycled raw material and is stain-, scratch-, mold- and heat-resistant, stands out against white Shaker-style cabinetry in this beautiful kitchen. Coffered ceilings, crafted of MDF recycled content, add a cottage twist.
Looking to use your kitchen island as a breakfast bar but too short on space to make it work? Consider having your countertop material rounded at the edge. This still offers enough overhang for use as an eat-in area, but won't protrude into the kitchen as much as a full square or rectangle.
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.
Solid-surface countertops are intimidating because they usually come with a large price tag. A trick for getting a custom and budget stone countertop is to search stone yards for remnants. Remnants are smaller pieces cut from slabs, and they're often sold for a fraction of the cost since they're considered waste from more elaborate installations.