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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Chunky Wooden Kitchen Island
A cherry-wood island contrasts the gray-green outer cabinets with ease. The traditional lines of the cabinetry is offset with modern stainless-steel appliances, minimalist stools, and stacked stone around the window.
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Bold Kitchen Island
A red-orange island makes a big impact in this white kitchen. Cool blue stools add a fun contrast to the bold island. Don't be afraid to create strong contrast between the island and its surroundings.
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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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Hardworking Green Island
The cool green island offsets the warm tones on the handmade backsplash tiles. Open storage, a beverage fridge, and an additional sink help this island work hard and look great.
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This crisp white outer cabinets contrast with the warm-wood, white-washed island. The contrast is subtle, but it's just enough to anchor this airy kitchen.
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This blue island is perfect for this beach kitchen. The rest of the room remains neutral so the bright ocean-blue island can take center stage. Lots of chrome and stainless steel add a modern industrial edge.
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Blue and Brown Kitchen
Texture rules this kitchen. The stained-wood island showcases knots and grain of the wood, adding warmth to the deep blue outer cabinets. A plank of matching wood above the range ties the room together.
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Modern Kitchen Island
Add instant warmth to a white kitchen with a wooden island. Here, wood tones team up with the warmth of exposted brick and a paneled wall for a custom look that contrasts with the sleek white cabinets, lighting and stools.
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Industrial-Look Kitchen Island
A stainless-steel chef's worktable is converted to a modern, industrial-look kitchen island. The lower shelf is perfect for keeping pots, pans and pantry items within easy reach.
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Great Gray Island
Tucked at the back of the house, bright color cabinets get a cool dose of gray in the island. In this small kitchen the oversized island provides tons of space for prep and casual dining.
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Small Kitchen Island
Even in a kitchen with a petite footprint, a bold backsplash doesn't overwhelm, it makes a statement. A simple table continues the high-contrast color palette and doubles as an island for prep and casual dining area for two.
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The finish on the island is similar to the finish on the cabinetry, but is more natural, while the perimeter cabinets boast a glazed finish. The long run of open storage below creates the perfect place to store the cook's most used items.
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This island stands out because of its contrasting color and intricate, old-world detailing. To offset the rest of the kitchen's creamy yellow finishes, the ends of this island feature an almost-black stain.
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Timeless Traditional Island
Turned legs, intricate diamond accents and a soft paint color brighten up the otherwise gray kitchen.
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Make your kitchen island stand out by choosing a wood tone that contrasts with that of your cabinetry. Then tie the room together with a range hood clad in the same wood.
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Paneled Kitchen Island
White-washed boards on the back of this island give the kitchen a cottage look. Here, the white island offers a clean and subtle departure from wood cabinets and paneled walls. The same paneling on the walls behind open shelves ties it all together.
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Glossy Red Island
A sleek kitchen with espresso cabinets is standard. These homeowners kicked it up a notch by adding a glossy red finish to the island - adding a pop of color and modern appeal.
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Black and White Kitchen Island
To keep this white kitchen from feeling too traditional, a painted black island adds depth and unexpected glamour. Slabs of marble on the exteior cabinets and the island tie the room together.
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Bar-Height Contrasting Island
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