7 kitchen island style ideas that are easy and eye-catching

Try these chic kitchen island style ideas to liven up your workspace

A white kitchen island, tiered stand with bread and cookies on it and a wooden fruit bowl, two white chairs underneath it, plus white cabinets with gold handles
(Image credit: Custom Home Design by Nina Lichtenstein / Bernardini Builders / Crafted By Nick / Brian Madden)

Kitchen island style ideas are brilliant go-tos for making this central point in your cooking zone as chic as possible.

If you're looking at yours and think it could use a zhuzh, we've got you covered. We've asked design pros what they use to make this space shine. From clever organizers to upcycled accents, they've shared a range of clever, budget-friendly tips.

When searching for kitchen island ideas, adding finishing touches in this space is the key to tying the whole room together.

Simple yet stylish kitchen island style ideas

Once you've looked through small kitchen island ideas and picked your perfect style, finish the area off with decor to make it look even more beautiful. These can be either timeless styles or kitchen island trends.

Our designers have suggested brilliant products to match their kitchen island decor ideas, so we have curated great picks wherever possible.

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1. Try tiered delights

A white kitchen island with a tiered stand with bread and cookies on it and a wooden fruit bowl, two white chairs underneath it, plus white cabinets with gold handles and a silver two door fridge in front of it

(Image credit: Custom Home Design by Nina Lichtenstein / Bernardini Builders / Crafted By Nick / Brian Madden)

If you love putting the best small kitchen appliances to work and baking up a storm, you can display all your delicious makes in a multi-layer display tower.

“Introduce a tiered stand (we love this Efavormart Gold Cupcake Stand from Walmart) to showcase artisanal bread, delectable cookies, or even petite desserts,” suggests Nina Lichtenstein, principal designer and owner of Nina’s Home Design.

It's one of those kitchen island style ideas that's a feast for the eyes as well as the tum.

A picture of Nina Lichtenstein, a woman wearing a green jumpsuit
Nina Lichtenstein

For close to a decade, Nina has showcased her in-depth construction and design expertise. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant family homes with indoor and outdoor spaces. Her motto is bringing together function and beauty, without compromise, to embody unique visions of life.

She says this not only maximizes space but also adds layers of visual interest to your island, creating an inviting display appealing to both culinary and design enthusiasts alike.

2. Add organizational elements

A light wooden kitchen counter with six glass jars filled with pasta, rice, and grains, white a white utensil jar next to them with wooden spatulas and a large dark brown wooden chopping board behind it

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Stylish kitchen island pieces which double as kitchen storage ideas will maximize the capacity of your cooking area.

Nina suggests, “Organize pantry staples in decorative containers for sugar, flour, or other frequently used items. This not only enhances accessibility but also adds a polished touch to your culinary workspace.”

We recommend grabbing a bunch of containers in the same style for a uniform finish, such as these Yuncang Glass Storage Jars from Amazon.

3. Bring in natural textures

A kitchen island with a marble countertop with wooden chopping boards with two bread loaves on top, three wooden bar stools underneath it, and a kitchen workspace with white decorated shelves, metal lights and an oven

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Many kitchen islands have white countertops, which is understandable as this is one of the best colors to make a small kitchen look brighter. This can look a little plain though, which is why it’s a smart kitchen island decor idea to elevate it.

Nina explains, “I’m a fan of incorporating natural elements, such as wooden cutting boards (we like this Picnic Time Napoletana Pizza Cutter Board from Saks) or knife blocks, to create a warm finish.”

You could even add a hint of earthy elegance, with Nina saying you could bring in geodes or natural stones to add stunning sparkle.

4. Pick up plants

A white kitchen island with colorful plants on it, a gold tap, with a window ledge with colorful plants beyond it and three gold circular hanging pendant lights on the white ceiling with dark wooden beams

(Image credit: Custom Home Design by Nina Lichtenstein / Bernardini Builders / Crafted By Nick / Brian Madden)

By using the best indoor plants as kitchen island style ideas, you can add colorful kitchen island ideas to your kitchen, as well as having them in a place you won’t forget to water them.

“Liven up your kitchen oasis with the presence of flowers, potted plants, or succulents,” Nina explains.

These green companions can not only purify the air if they’re the best air-purifying plants, but Nina says they can also bring a breath of fresh life to your culinary haven, creating a harmonious blend of nature and nurture.

As well as this, you can also choose plants you can use in your cooking.

“A small, integrated herb garden not only brings life to your kitchen but is also practical for cooking enthusiasts,” adds Moe Soloff, kitchen specialist at Fabuwood.

A picture of Moe Soloff with a hat on, in a forest
Moe Soloff

Moe Soloff is a kitchen specialist at Fabuwood, one of the leading semi-custom cabinet manufacturers in the US. With years of experience in crafting functional and stylish kitchen spaces, he loves designing with innovative kitchen island decor ideas.

You could plant these yourself with these Sereniseed Organic Herb Seeds on Amazon, which are Amazon's Choice.

5. Style up scents

A small brown lit candle with matches next to it, glasses to the left, and an open magazine with a kitchen scene above it

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If you’re ever in doubt about how to decorate anything in your home, you can’t go wrong with adding fabulous fragrances.

“The best reed diffusers and candles will not only add a sophisticated style to your kitchen island but will also remove any cooking odors,” says Artem Kropovinsky, interior designer and founder of Arsight.

Artem Kropovinsky
Artem Kropovinsky

Artem Kropovinsky is an interior design expert and founder of Arsight, which has twice been honored as finalists in the international SBID Awards and acknowledged in the NYCxDESIGN Awards. He has a decade of extensive and global residential and commercial interior design experience.

One of our favorite reed diffusers here at Real Homes is the NEOM Organics Happiness Reed Diffuser on Amazon, which has a zesty scent perfect for busy kitchens.

6. Mix in metallics

A white kitchen island with a black vase filled with green flowers and stems, a sink with gold taps, with a silver oven with gray herringbone splashback tiles behind it and white cabinets next to it and above it

(Image credit: Custom Home Design by Nina Lichtenstein / Bernardini Builders / Crafted By Nick / Brian Madden)

For a touch of metallic allure, consider incorporating striking pans alongside your best coffee maker and kettle, bringing shimmery shades to your kitchen island style. 

“Copper accents, in particular, lend a timeless and sophisticated charm, creating a seamless blend of functionality and style,” adds Nina.

These look especially great on luxe island designs, such as marble kitchen island ideas.

For those who have a kitchen island with a sink, you could always add this element to your tap, with this Wowow Brushed Gold Kitchen Faucet from Amazon, made with eco-friendly stainless steel.

7. Recycle a wine bottle

A green glass wine bottle with yellow and purple wildflowers on it, on a light wood countertop with a dark wooden chair underneath it

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Have you ever finished a bottle and thought it was too pretty to throw away? Make use of it by turning it into kitchen island decor.

Nina suggests, “Transform your empty wine bottles into chic vases, showcasing a variety of blooms or greenery. This sustainable and stylish solution adds a touch of personalization to your kitchen island while repurposing glass treasures.” 

It would also a great spring DIY idea. If you don’t have one spare but love the idea, you could always head to a secondhand furniture store to try and find a vintage bottle, or reuse a candle jar and trim your blooms for a petite display.

By infusing these kitchen island style ideas into your place, you can create a space you can visually feast on.

Nina finishes by saying, “Let your kitchen island be a reflection of your personal style and a source of inspiration for your culinary endeavors.”

Once you’ve found pieces you like, you may want to find out how to organize a kitchen island before decorating with them.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.