100 kitchens with central island: the best projects with photos

The kitchen with central island is much sought after by people who want to have a practical element within this environment without leaving aside the modern or contemporary aspect. The reference for this type of cuisine comes from the American style, which has an architecture with ample environments and a practical appropriation of space for the day to day.

Essential Tips Before Designing a Kitchen with Island

In order for the kitchen island to be suitable for your space, it is necessary to follow some important tips:

Size of the environment : you have to think about the circulation around the island, as well as the distance from the rest of the furniture. It is not advisable to install islands in small apartments, where there is usually not enough space for such. The minimum recommended size for comfortable around circulation is 0.70m.

Attributes and height : The model can depend on the taste of the residents: with or without cooktop, with or without hood, with space for food preparation, with sink or just a bench for meal and other attributes. The important thing is to follow a height standard that is from 0.90m to 1.10m so that activities are done with comfort.

Storage : Leveraging the space it occupies with drawers and built-in cabinets is a great way to store kitchen items. You can toggle these compartments in various ways, such as: the cabinets on one side and stools on the other so that it is functional and beautiful.

Lighting : Lighting is another important point that should follow this list of details. For any function you exercise on this bench you must have direct light on it. The pendants are the most used in this part of decoration and in the market there are several models and sizes.

Materials : they should follow the same line and style as the rest of the kitchen. For those who want to use the central island for cooking, it is necessary to avoid the use of wood on the bench, this material is not appropriate for this type of use. The ideal is to coat with stone or stainless steel, more practical materials to make the cleaning and ideal for cooking.

Amazing designs of kitchens with central islands.

Here are some important tips for this trend that comes with everything in residential projects. Check out some ideas and references to get inspired in your kitchen design:

Picture 1 - Narrow with double of banquetas.

Narrow with double of sidewalks

In a small American kitchen with clean decor, the central island is narrow and rectangular with lower space to house the metal stools with black seating. The upper luminaire enhances the illumination on the island, following the same rectangular shape.

Picture 2 - Central with metallic structure and glass.

Central with metal frame and glass

In a kitchen design with eclectic and jovial style, where elements of popular culture such as posters and paintings, the central island follows the same proposal with the color palette similar to the cabinets and the wall of the bench.

Picture 3 - Central island with niches and intelligent spaces.

Central island with niches and intelligent spaces

This proposal has built-in spaces such as niches that can be used to store decorative objects. In this example, one of the niches was used to store some child's toys, but could be for any other decorating object.

Picture 4 - Mobile central island with casters.

Mobile central island with casters

A proposal with the ideal model for those who like mobility. Here the central island is narrow and holds three chairs with comfort, the open lower space can be used to store varied objects. The casters allow it to move easily according to the need of the occasion.

Picture 5 - Central island following the kitchen proposal with Scandinavian style.

Central island following the kitchen proposal with Scandinavian style

In this kitchen design, the central island has a metallic structure painted white on the side that serves as support for the bench stone. Following the style that calls for a rustic touch, the sidewalks are light wood with white seating, in harmony with the decor.

Picture 6 - Extensive central island with hood, cooktop, sink and stools.

Extensive central island with hood, cooktop, sink and stools

In this environment that enhances the white tonality and light colors of the wood, the central island is extensive: with two sinks, stove, hood mounted on the ceiling and three stools. The proposal still allows to accommodate more people, ideal for those who like to have friends and guests close by.

Image 7 - Model that respects the color chart of the environment.

Model that respects the color chart of the environment

In this kitchen, the central island follows the colors of the bench with white stone and dark wood base, including up to five stools on the outside. There are also two vats with regular and single-lever faucets.

Image 8 - Kitchen with large central island.

Kitchen with large central island

A kitchen design with stones and white walls in contrast to cabinets and black cabinets. Here the central island is large with storage space, stools, cooktop with hood and sink.

Picture 9 - Central narrow island with hood.

Central narrow island with hood

In a kitchen design that focuses on the shades of gray, the island follows the same style and has two beautiful wooden banquettes.

Image 10 - Wooden island in kitchen design in industrial style.

Wooden island in industrial style kitchen design

In a proposal with the industrial style footprint, there is the great presence of wood in cabinets with shades of blue. The central island has cabinets and shelves, plus the sink and a generous countertop that houses the residents and there is plenty of room to work with ingredients.

Image 11 - Modern kitchen design focusing on white with touches of wood.

Modern kitchen design focusing on white with touches of wood

In a modern kitchen design with ample lighting, whether natural or man-made, the central island features a tub with faucet, lower cabinets and an extended countertop that holds the stools below it, a way to gain space when needed.

Image 12 - Minimalist kitchen design with central island.

Minimalist kitchen design with central island

Minimalism is elegant and pleases for the few details of strokes and surfaces. To add a touch of color, the island has banquettes with green seating, as well as the flower pot.

Picture 13 - In large rooms, use the island with the dining table.

In extensive surroundings, use the island with the dining table

In an extensive modern kitchen proposal, the central island was designed along with the dining table, comprising four chairs. On the island bench there is also a cooktop with built-in hood and lower drawers to store utensils.

Image 14 - An eclectic kitchen has the island as a table.

An eclectic kitchen has the island as a table

This kitchen design with eclectic and fun colors has a central island that has the main function of table, comprising 6 high stools. It can also be used as an auxiliary space in the kitchen.

Picture 15 - Modern kitchen with narrow central island.

Modern kitchen with narrow central island

In this kitchen design with the most restricted space, the best choice was for a narrow central island, maintaining a good circulation space on both sides.

Image 16 - Mobile central island project.

Mobile central island project

Another beautiful example that allows full mobility of the central kitchen island through the casters.

Image 17 - Use a different color to highlight the central island.

100 kitchens with central island: the best projects with photos

In a kitchen proposal with uniform colors, the central island was chosen to be the highlight of the environment with the navy blue color at its base.

Image 18 - Wide kitchen combining black, white and light wood tones.

Large kitchen combining black, white and light wood tones

In this project there is a large central island with stone, tub and wooden table, with 6 stools or more if necessary.

Image 19 - Proposal of extensive central island.

Proposal of extensive central island

In an open environment with the kitchen and the dining room, the central island was designed with a rather large but narrow extension. The lighting is the differential of this proposal, leaving in evidence the island and the sidewalks.

Image 20 - Kitchen with small central island.

Kitchen with small central island

Even in very restricted environments, the island can be part of the project with small measures. Here it has two stools and serves as a support for the kitchen.

Image 21 - Kitchen design focusing on white with small central island.

Kitchen design focusing on white with small central island

In this proposal, the island has three comfortable banquettes and its countertops have the same stone as the rest of the kitchen.

Image 22 - Kitchen design with ample space and comfortable central island.

Kitchen design with ample space and comfortable central island

A perfect central island proposal to have faster meals: besides the space for the stools, there is the cooktop with hood.

Image 23 - Design that combines gray, white and wood tones.

Design that combines gray, white and wood tones

Image 24 - Kitchen design with two islands.

Kitchen design with two islands

In wide spaces, some projects choose to have two different islands, in this case, one for meal and another as sink.

Image 25 - Contemporary kitchen with small central island.

Contemporary kitchen with small central island

Image 26 - A minimalist kitchen design with multifunctional island.

A minimalist kitchen design with multifunctional island

One of the main tips is to use the space occupied by the island as storage. In this proposal, besides sheltering the sidewalks, this island includes the wine cellar.

Image 27 - Kitchen with industrial style design and island with sidewalks.

Kitchen with industrial style design and island with sidewalks

In this project, the central island has an L-shaped wooden bench, leaving the sidewalks organized in the same way around.

Image 28 - Proposal of kitchen with Scandinavian style and small central island.

Proposal of kitchen with Scandinavian style and small central island

In this charming kitchen proposal with the Scandinavian style, the central island holds drawers that can be used to store kitchen utensils. Above there is the tub with tap.

Image 29 - Kitchen with central island and table in the Scandinavian style.

Kitchen with central island and table in the Scandinavian style

Here the island follows the same style as the kitchen counter cabinets. The table was attached to the island.

Image 30 - Proposal of central concrete island with wooden table attached.

Proposal of central concrete island with attached wooden table

Image 31 - Black and white kitchen design with central island.

Black and white kitchen design with central island

Image 32 - A project with an extensive and narrow island following the same style of decoration of the environment.

A project with an extensive and narrow island following the same style of decoration of the environment

Image 33 - Contemporary kitchen design with central island.

Contemporary kitchen design with central island

Image 34 - A design with the style of industrial decoration.

A design with the style of industrial decoration

Image 35 - A beautiful design of charming kitchen with central island.

A beautiful design of charming kitchen with central island

An elegant and clean design with focus on white and wood. The blue inserts leave the ambience more fun together with the decorative objects.

Image 36 - Contemporary kitchen design with small central island.

Contemporary kitchen design with small central island

Image 37 - In this proposal, the central island was mounted around a column.

In this proposal, the central island was assembled around a column

Picture 38 - A clean kitchen design with high ceilings and small island.

A clean kitchen design with high ceilings and small island

Here the small island holds two stools and has a cooktop at the top.

Image 39 - Design of minimalist kitchen with central island and wooden table.

Minimalist kitchen design with central island and wooden table

Picture 40 - In this modern kitchen the central island has cooktop and hood.

In this modern kitchen the central island has cooktop and hood

Image 41 - Graphite and white kitchen: here the island has tiles with different designs.

Graphite and white kitchen: here the island has tiles with different designs

Image 42 - Dark wood kitchen design with island.

Dark wood kitchen design with island

A kitchen design with a focus on wood where the central island has three comfortable stools, as well as the cooktop on the bench.

Picture 43 - Gray kitchen with white island.

Gray kitchen with white island

Image 44 - Minimalism featured.

Featured Minimalism

In this proposal, the central island follows the same style of decoration of the environment. There are few visual details and the island is clean and white.

Image 45 - Great island for meals.

Great island for meals

Image 46 - Illuminated by luster.

Illuminated by chandelier

Picture 47 - Modern kitchen with narrow island.

Modern kitchen with narrow island

A modern kitchen design where the central island is extensive and holds two vats.

Image 48 - Island with modern sidewalks.

Island with modern sidewalks

Image 49 - Clean kitchen design with island.

Clean kitchen design with island

Image 50 - Project with burnt cement highlighted and gray corten steel on the wall.

Project with burnt cement floor

Image 51 - Kitchen design with white central island and purple drawers.

Kitchen design with white central island and purple drawers

Picture 52 - Design of kitchen in the industrial style with central island, cooktop and hood.

kitchen design in industrial style with central island, cooktop and hood

Picture 53 - Proposal of kitchen with central white lacquered island with table for meal.

Proposal of kitchen with central white lacquered island with dining table

Image 54 - Project with central island covered in white stone for meal.

Project with central island covered in white stone for meal

Image 55 - Kitchen design where the central island has metallic details.

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Image 56 - Kitchen with central island in natural and white wood with banquettes

Kitchen with central island in natural and white wood with banquettes

Image 57 - Kitchen with central island with stove and built-in drawers.

kitchen with island central with stove and built-in drawers

Image 58 - Kitchen with central island in black color.

Kitchen with central island in black color

In this project, black is the protagonist in all the cabinet doors, on the island and at the table. To contrast, there are some niches, stone on the counter and chairs in white.

Image 59 - Project with central island for small kitchens.

Project with central island for small kitchens

Image 60 - Kitchen design with wide central island and modern style.

Kitchen design with large central island and modern style

Image 61 - Proposal of kitchen with white central island for the style of industrial decoration.

Proposal of kitchen with white central island for the style of industrial decoration

Picture 62 - Proposal of kitchen with central island with sink and cooktop with support for cooker throughout balcony.

Proposed kitchen with island central with sink and cooktop with stand for cooker across counter

Image 63 - Design of kitchen with black central island and table built in lacquered yellow wood.

Kitchen design with black central island and built-in table in yellow lacquered wood

Image 64 - Kitchen with central island with wooden drawers and countertop covered in black stone.

Kitchen with central island with wooden drawers and countertop covered in black stone

Picture 65 - Proposal of kitchen with large central wooden island with chairs.

Proposal of kitchen with large central wooden island with chairs

Image 66 - Kitchen design where the central island has the gray lacquered countertop and high stools.

Kitchen design where the central island has the gray lacquered countertop and high banquettes

Picture 67 - Proposal of kitchen with central island in the minimalist style.

Proposal of kitchen with central island in the minimalist style

Image 68 - Central island project with pendant lamps on the bench.

Central island design with pendant lamps on countertop

Image 69 - Kitchen design with black central island with aluminum countertop.

Kitchen design with black central island with aluminum countertop

Image 70 - A design with central island in wood lacquered in purple color.

A design with central island in lacquered wood in purple color

Image 71 - Kitchen design with long central island in clean style.

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Image 72 - Kitchen with central island with sink and serving as dining table

Kitchen with central island with sink and serving as dining table

Image 73 - Kitchen with central island White with bench to prepare food and banquettes in transparent acrylic

Kitchen with central island White with bench to prepare food and banquettes in transparent acrylic

Image 74 - Kitchen with central island with black metallic structure, wood top and yellow lacquered base.

Kitchen with central island with black metallic structure, wood top and yellow lacquered base

Image 75 - Kitchen design with black central island with white banquettes.

Kitchen design with black central island with white banquettes

Picture 76 - Proposal of kitchen with central gray island and high wooden bench for meals.

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Image 77 - Kitchen with central island and inferior space for the stools.

Kitchen with central island and lower space for stools

Image 78 - Proposal of kitchen with central island black and white.

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Image 79 - Kitchen with central island in the rustic style with armchairs stamped on the stools.

Kitchen with central island in the rustic style with armchairs stamped on the sidewalks

Image 80 - Kitchen with island on the side.

Kitchen with island on the side

Image 81 - Central island project with space to store items and kitchen utensils.

Central island project with space to store items and kitchen utensils

Picture 82 - Central island dividing the living room and the kitchen.

Central island dividing the living room and kitchen.

Image 83 - Kitchen with central island dividing the living room and the kitchen.

Kitchen with central island dividing the living room and the kitchen

Picture 84 - Kitchen with central black island with space for six stools and crystal pendant pendant on the bench.

Kitchen with black central island with space for six stools and crystal pendant pendant on the countertop

Image 85 - Kitchen with central island in wood and built-in oven. Underneath it is a panel of ripped wood.

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Image 86 - Kitchen with central island in cement with white banquettes.

Kitchen with central island in cement with white banquettes

Image 87 - Kitchen with central island in wood and stone bench.

Kitchen with central wooden island and stone bench

Image 88 - Proposal of central island with wood lining to support illumination.

Proposal of central island with wood lining for lighting support

Image 89 - Kitchen with central island with lowered dining table.

Central island kitchen with recessed dining table

Image 90 - Kitchen with central island and extensive dining table.

Kitchen with central island and extensive dining table

Image 91 - Kitchen with central island in wood lacquered in gray color.

Kitchen with central island in lacquered wood in gray color

Image 92 - Kitchen with two central islands.

Kitchen with two central islands

Image 93 - Central island with sink and ample space for meal and preparation of food.

Central island with sink and ample space for meal and food preparation

Picture 94 - Kitchen with island where there is a bench for meal without cooktop.

Kitchen with island where there is a countertop for meal without cooktop

Image 95 - Kitchen with central island in white stone.

Kitchen with central island in white stone

Image 96 - Kitchen with central island with low and high stools.

Kitchen with central island with low and high stools

Image 97 - Kitchen with central island with decoration in neutral colors.

Kitchen with central island with neutral color decoration

Image 98 - Kitchen with central island with sink, stove and small pendants on the countertop.

Kitchen with central island with sink, stove and small pendants on the countertop

Image 99 - Kitchen with central island with cupboards under the counter.

Kitchen with central island with cupboards under the counter

Image 100 - Kitchen with central island where there is a marble countertop with upholstered stools.

Kitchen with central island where there is a marble countertop with upholstered stools

Let's take advantage of and highlight the main advantages of having a central island in a kitchen:

  • Integration and proximity : the island helps to unite the spaces, replacing or approaching the dining room, providing a new experience in the environment.
  • More space : with the presence of the central island, it is possible to avoid the use of walls and to plan circulation spaces. In addition, the island space can be used to cut ingredients and even cook, depending on the design.
  • Extra Storage : many proposals use the lower space of the island to create storage spaces for kitchen utensils, dishes, vases, glasses, wines and other objects.
  • Quick meals : the island allows you to have a space dedicated to fast food, without the need of a dining table for such.

Take advantage of all these tips and references to plan your own space with central island!

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