No matter the style or size, every kitchen is made better by an island. Here are a few kitchen island ideas whether you’re on a budget or looking for luxury.
Modern kitchen with marble look, waterfall countertop island, blue glass mosaic tile backsplash, and clear pendant lighting.


If you have beautiful countertops that you just can’t get enough of, consider a waterfall kitchen island. The same material that’s on your countertops spills over the edge and extends all the way to the floor giving your kitchen some vertical surface interest. 
The waterfall kitchen island works best with natural stone slab or quartz slab. Stone is a one-of-a kind element in your design and you should show it off with an eye-catching waterfall.


Even if marble isn’t practical for all kitchen surfaces, putting marble on the kitchen island is a great way to incorporate a beautiful stone into your design. Marble’s white and gray colors blend well with many different styles and colors. It doesn’t ever look out of place.
Remodeled kitchen with high vaulted ceiling, large picture windows, white & gray marble look quartz waterfall island and backsplash, wood cabinetry and wood beams..


One of our favorite kitchen island ideas is to make the island the center of the design. The island can easily become the feature of the space so opt to do something different that will stand out, like a different color on the cupboards, a dramatic countertop, or a distinguishing tile on the face of the island.


If you need a kitchen island idea on a budget, consider covering a rolling cart with butcher block as a quick and inexpensive pick-me-up that instantly customizes your space and breathes life into your design. A different surface on the island from the countertops, even if it’s an understated neutral, makes a big difference.
Great room open to the kitchen with vaulted ceiling, fireplace with gray tile, tile flooring that looks like wood, gray kitchen island and countertops.


Find an old dining table or bar-height table and put a new stone slab top on it for a budget-friendly way to introduce an island into your kitchen. This option can also be a temporary addition so it’s perfect for renters who want to dress up the kitchen a bit without making permanent changes.

Remodeled kitchen with white quartz countertops and backsplashes, dark green & natural wood cabinets with brass hardware, and black cage pendants over island.


Before you decide that a kitchen island isn’t in your budget, consider the value you add to your kitchen in functionality. An island adds more prep space to your kitchen. It could be a place to put in a sink or cook top. It’s an opportunity to bring in a lot more storage space. An island is often worth the investment.


Kitchen with marble mosaic backsplash, white quartz countertops, marble waterfall island with sink, white and black lower cabinets, and stainless steel gas stove/oven.

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Kitchen with marble mosaic backsplash, white quartz countertops, marble waterfall island with sink, white cabinets, and brushed brass pendant lights.

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Fresh and clean kitchen décor with white subway tile backsplash, white quartz countertop & island, stainless steel gas stove, and white cabinets.

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