The Kitchen Island

Over the weekend we went and picked out the marble we will be using for our kitchen countertops and island.  I had originally pictured our kitchen all white but after looking at slab after slab of marble I found myself drawn to one that was streaked with a lot of gray called venatino carrara.

Its changed how I see our kitchen and I now think adding in this gray tone will provide some depth to the space.  I’m also thinking of painting the island a complementary color gray or even blue to bring out the colors in the marble.  Our kitchen island will be pretty basic: sink, trash space, dishwasher and room for counter stools – nothing fancy but from what I have read, seen in person as well as on pinterest (after weeding through a million banana bread recipes, why is everyone obsessed with banana bread on pinterest?) I see that people are stepping up their islands with high-tech water filtration systems, steam drawers, hidden bookshelves and flat screens, etc.   I’m open to hearing how we can bring our island to the next level so if anyone has any suggestions let me know!

Here are a few kitchen islands that I think are beautiful as well as a couple that step it up past basic:

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I love this kitchen, everything from the honed Calacatta marble to the walnut island countertop and gray painted island keep this kitchen looking interesting.

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I like the idea of blue for an island as well, although this might be too light for our space.  The gray above is just subtle enough that it makes a statement without screaming for attention.

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The above two images show off some space saving examples for kitchens that need some extra storage.  I love that antique Italian etagere which stands atop the kitchen island as well as a wine fridge making the most of the space they have.

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This is a little too tricked out and I’m pretty sure my husband would be horrified by a flat screen featured like this in an island so I had to include it – of course this is an image from a home here in Dallas (via Traditional Home).

Hope everyone has a great week!