Contrasting Kitchen Islands

Whether you have a lot of cabinetry or a little, an island in a contrasting color adds interest to any kitchen.


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Dark-wood island with white cabinetry
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Kitchen with Clean Contrast

    The island and cabinets in this kitchen share a clean and simple style. The dark wood of the island pops against the creamy white backdrop.

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Bar-Height Contrasting Island

    Kids and guests can pull up a seat to this bar-height island and be part of the action. The green color contrasts the white cabinetry in this traditional kitchen.

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Chunky Wooden Kitchen Island

    Cool blue cabinets ground this light, airy kitchen. The chunky wooden island warms the space with the look of an antique furniture piece.

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White Island

    This creamy white beaded-board island contrasts with the warm-wood, Shaker-style wall cabinets. The dark color of the cabinets anchors the open kitchen.

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Fine Furniture-Style Kitchen Island

    This island resembles a piece of fine furniture. The warm, dark wood contrasts with the white cabinetry, but the traditional style is consistent throughout the room.

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Modern Wooden Kitchen Island

    Add instant warmth to a white kitchen with a wooden island. Here, wood tones team up with furniture-style legs for a custom look that contrasts with the sleek white wall.

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Industrial-Look Kitchen Island

    A stainless-steel chef's worktable is converted to a modern, industrial-look kitchen island. A built-in faucet and pasta maker expands the cooking area.

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Red Kitchen Island

    A dark red island makes a big impact in this white kitchen. Don't be afraid to create strong contrast between the island and its surroundings.

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Updated Kitchen Island

    The homeowners updated an existing island by painting the doors green to coordinate with the kitchen walls. Trimmed with bricks, the island stands out as the room's centerpiece.

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Blue Furniture-Style Island

    The blue color and weathered finish on this furniture-style island create contrast with the clean gray wall cabinetry. Cantilevered countertops and stools on both ends allow the island to double as an eating space and work zone.

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Painted Kitchen Island

    Traditional cabinets painted a soft yellow stand out against wood cabinetry. The dark countertop material ties the two tones together.

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The Oval Island

    The bold modern shape of this kitchen island makes a statement all its own. Not only the shape, but also the light color and the natural wood grain contrast with the wall cabinetry.

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Beaded-Board Kitchen Island

    Install white beaded board on your island for a cottage look. Here, the white offers a clean and subtle departure from the soft yellow wall cabinets. A beaded-board backsplash ties it all together.

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Red Butcher-Block Island

    The red finish on this large, butcher-block-topped island adds visual impact to the country-style kitchen.

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Country Combination

    The finish on the island matches the finish on the cabinetry surrounding the range. The darker tone highlights these two important spaces, making them stand out from the rest of the wood cabinetry. The island features an integrated butcher block surrounding the sink.

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Old-World Island

    This island stands out because of its contrasting color and intricate, old-world detailing.

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Timeless Traditional Island

    Top a light-colored island with a dark butcher-block that coordinates with dark wood cabinets.

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Dark-Wood Island

    Make your kitchen island stand out by choosing a wood tone that contrasts with that of your cabinetry. Then tie it all together by trimming the cabinets with molding the same color as the island.

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