Cambria Kitchen Island in Cream

An island in the kitchen is more than just extra counter space and more cabinetry.  It’s a life-force that calls people to gather, ignites conversation, and makes the kitchen the home-base of our living space.   Contemporary islands are packed full of unique features that give them practicality as well as beauty.

Here are some kitchen island trends that might just get you thinking about a new kitchen of your own:

Fun Features – From chalkboards on the side, pull-out drawers that double as kid-stations, unique shelving, and cookbook storage, kitchen islands can come with many outside-the-box bonuses.  Click here to peek at a kitchen island featuring a bookshelf on the side, and check out this kitchen island boasting a pet-feeding solution!

Cambria Kitchen Island in Cream

Here this kitchen island features a unique built-in wine cabinet, as well as storage drawers.

Cooking Prep Central – In addition to extra space to spread out the baking ingredients, many islands have moved appliances to the kitchen island, most commonly the kitchen sink or the stove.  Luxury kitchen islands, like this one, can even feature warming drawers, waste areas, an extra sink, and more!

The Cabinet Store Kitchen Remodel

In this beautiful two-toned kitchen, the island is home to the stove and oven.

Two-Toned —  One trend that’s been coming on strong is the two-toned kitchen.  Choosing wall cabinetry in one color and the kitchen island in another can be a beautiful way to add contrast.

Cambria countertops kitchen island

Another charming kitchen featuring two colors, setting the island apart.

Double-decker – Why settle for just one height when you can have two!  Kitchen prep calls for a designated height, but an entertaining area (or homework hangout!) can be one step up.  Layering heights also adds dimension to the room for a more alluring design.

The Cabinet Store Burnsville kitchen remodel

Here one side of the island is perfect for kitchen prep, while the other side leaves room for lounging, a buffet line, or accent stools.

Curvaceous – An island doesn’t have to conform to the shape of the walls, and thus there’s no need for it to be rectangular.  Many islands feature beautiful curvaceous lines and edging features, or even come in less-traditional shapes, like this one that combines the island with the look of a kitchen table.

Cambria countertops

The Cambria countertop here is designed with a beautiful curve to add elegance to an already refined kitchen.


Here at The Cabinet Store we work with each client to find the right style of kitchen and kitchen island for their home.  With hundreds of cabinetry and countertop designs to choose from, and designers in-store and ready to help, we hope you’ll stop by to chat about your kitchen remodel project today!  Serving the Twin Cities MN and beyond.

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