The patina of the terra cotta backsplash tiles and stone floor contrast with the modern range and classic stainless steel island. The vintage French lab stools used as barstools help add to the layered and curated look of the space.
It may be by far the most common kitchen island shape, but the rectangle isn’t your only option. Angled and even curved designs can work better in your space, like this stunning oval designed by Anthony Baratta. The oblong island, which mirrors the shape of the recessed ceiling, is a custom design built in English sycamore wood, with a Pyrolave countertop in a custom lime color and reverse-painted glass door panels.
Butcher block counters are both stylish and functional, adding warmth and a cozy cottage look. A bohemian runner brings in muted color to the kitchen and also grounds the space. Rustic wood planks serve as sturdy open shelves for a trendy yet casual look.
Create an island with multiple levels and materials. This budget-friendly kitchen island mixes materials on its staggered surfaces in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner. Quartz, wood and stainless steel combine to make a stylish and functional island for the space.
Wooden open shelving and white beadboard walls bring a country cottage feel to this kitchen. The white antique oven serves as the statement piece, adding character and charm. Incorporating a framed picture into the shelf display adds another layer, giving it a lived-in look.
Elegant gold pulls act as pieces of jewelry on the sage green kitchen cabinets, which are topped with clean white countertops. Globe pendants add a vintage note to the space, and the peninsula not only provides another dining spot but helps divide the kitchen from the living room.
Vivid colors, fanciful patterns and rustic details define this 6,000-square-foot mountain ski home in Park City, Utah. Bright, saturated fabrics and bold patterns mingle with metal finishes and woods to create a dramatic yet rustic tone. The design team seamlessly blended the client’s love of pattern and color with the ruggedness of the Park City landscape.
In this white, bright and eclectic kitchen, a long island provides ample space for the young family to gather. The room opens to a casual dining space that overlooks a fun family room complete with a teepee for the kids. The whole house is designed as a playful haven for the family to have fun together.
Neutral gray paint and plum-colored wallpaper on an adjacent wall bring drama and texture to this small eating nook. Three wicker chairs complement the cozy square table, which is functional for eating and entertaining under a soft birdcage pendant light.
Not for the faint at heart, this eclectic kitchen designed by John Ryba is saturated in a rich, red lacquer. The white ceiling and stainless-steel appliances help reflect light, an important design element when working with a bold color.
An eclectic mix of styles adds character to this white kitchen. Wooden dining chairs and bamboo Roman shades bring warmth and natural, textural element. Wire bar chairs introduce some midcentury modern flair.
This colorful craftsman kitchen features an island repurposed from a dresser in a bright red. Behind the island, which also functions as a breakfast bar, is a small banquette; a great solution for a small eat-in kitchen.
Dark distressed cabinets with built-in wine racks create a sophisticated and masculine atmosphere in this eclectic kitchen. A mirror above the the counter enlarges the space, while floating shelves provide easy access to kitchen essentials.
Everyone always wants to hang out in the kitchen; this one makes it easy and stylish to do. A long rustic dining table gets a banquette and cheery chairs (orange velvet!) for plenty of seating. Its easy location next to the island makes the space useful for meals, prep work or just keeping the chef company.
Kitchens serve as not only a place to prepare meals, but also a main gathering space in the home. Look through these pictures for great kitchen design ideas and be inspired to create a new look for your kitchen.