The Secret to Kitchen Envy: A Stylish Island

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Home buyers love kitchen islands. It’s become a gathering spot for not just cooking but also eating, working, and socializing. As the island continues to gain stature in kitchens, homeowners are finding ways to spotlight it with contrasting shades or even different countertops to make it the focal point.

Check out some examples from designers featured at Houzz, which show how the kitchen island can become the showpiece of your space.

An island of a different color

Furniture-styled islands

Contrasting countertops

Lighting it up

Plenty of seating

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. These all look glorious! These will be great ideas for advice to clients who want to increase their home’s value.

  2. As more and more people start focusing on their kitchens, it’s necessary that we have knowledge like this so we can advise them properly. Thank you!

  3. Kitchen islands have become the kitchen necessity du jour, not just for storage, but for growing families wanting a place besides a formal dining to snatch a quick breakfast.

  4. Kitchen upgrades like this will go a long way.

  5. These photographs show beautiful examples of kitchen islands. Counter height islands have gained in popularity. They don’t create separation of space in the way that tiered islands do.

  6. Great photos of kitchen islands! This is a must in kitchen revamps. Thank you for sharing!