Kitchen Island Inspiration

February 6, 2015

Our kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in our house. It’s big and white and perfect. The only problem is that there’s no island. Initially, I liked how open and welcoming the kitchen felt without an island blocking anything, but after living in it for almost a year, I really want the extra work surface and additional storage underneath. Out kitchen is also big enough to hold our dining table that usually holds 4 and can accommodate up to 8 easily, which I love. But I can’t have both a big workhorse island and a lovely dining table in the same space. So… What’s a girl to do?! We’ve been looking at islands and brainstorming sizes.

kitchen island inspiration

I love this white, chunky, “pull up a bar stool and hang out in the kitchen” look. Except I don’t want our family to eat at a bar, I want a place for Allen and I, and our future kiddos or couple friends, to have an easy place to sit and enjoy a casual dinner together without walking all the way down to the formal dining room.

kitchen island inspiration

White countertops, white backsplash, white cabinets and… BAM, a gorgeous chunk of butcher block. I love this look.

kitchen island inspiration

Not so much the colors in this one, but the open shelving. Gotta have a little place for cookbooks and stylish platters.

kitchen island inspiration

Are you sensing a theme? Love the white and butcher block combination on this one.

These island ideas get me all excited, now I just have to work in the dining surface somehow. Any suggestions?! :)

3 thoughts on “Kitchen Island Inspiration

  1. beverly m

    Remember that a minimum of 48″ of space needs to be allowed between other work areas, appliances and walls – according to This Old House.


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