Saturday, June 19, 2010

Double Island Counters

I've been working with a client on a kitchen with two islands.  It's a big trend but there's always the question whether you want to differentiate between them or tie them together stylistically.  Right now we're trying to figure out the counters.  We are set on the surrounding counter as soap stone and we're thinking about a big slab of Danby white marble for the square center island and maybe natural wood for the other.  I found the following images to help us in our discussion.

Here's a good example of surrounding soapstone counters and a center island with white marble.

Here's another thick white marble slab at the island with surrounding soapstone counters...


This kitchen was featured on Elle Decor and has two islands... a big center island to sit and work; and a skinnier island to separate the kitchen and provide storage.  I like how the kitchen revolves around a generous square slab of marble.

We also talked about a dark wood counter at the island that separates the kitchen and the dining area. Here it offers a great contrast to the white cabinetry.

A wood counter might make the island feel more like furniture and add warmth and richness to our all white space. The coloring of this wood counter is particularly beautiful...

Another soap stone counter with two islands with dark natural wood...

I'll leave you with this great kitchen I saw last week on Remodelista. Huge windows offer lots of light to this airy kitchen that looks so clean yet feels homey. And I was excited to see that they've used soapstone counters and a rich wood topped island.  The natural shelves and iron brackets offer a great focus... if you've got the height, show it off!

I'll post about our own kitchen renovation soon.  The Vigo sink came in this week; it looks great and for a good price.  I'll be ordering the cooktop and hood today! 


  1. If your kitchen is a bit more modest in size, how do you decide whether to put an island in or not?

  2. If you can get 3'-0" of aisle space around it and the island still is a decent size, I'd do it. The function of the island may be important if it's a tight space...don't provide seating and give it a special purpose. Could be lower than counter height too so the space doesn't feel overwhelming.