Having a kitchen island has become a modern must-have, synonymous with the way we like to gather and entertain today. But not all kitchens have the square footage or layout to accommodate a large island equipped with acres of countertop space, extra storage, and seating for a crowd. Luckily, there are plenty of options for adding a small scale kitchen island suited to a compact space, optimizing functionality and adding style.
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Keep It Classic
This small British kitchen island from deVOL Kitchens has classic lines that work with the simple Shaker cabinetry, and a butcher block top that adds a rustic note.
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Make It Multipurpose
This small Parisian kitchen island from Space Factory has a deep teal painted base that matches the lower cabinetry, a sleek integrated inversion burner cooktop, and seating for two.
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Put It on Wheels
This small kitchen island from Leanne Ford Interiors has a black metal base that echoes the large arched window panes, adding a graphic note while preserving the airy and open feel of the space. Adding wheels to the legs of your small kitchen island makes it easy to move around as needed, a welcome bonus in a smaller space.
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Add Vintage Vibes
This small kitchen island from Basic Projects has a rich stained wood, semi-open base and a marble top, helping to structure the open-plan kitchen while adding vintage vibes that complement a French range and echo the dark hardwood flooring.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Treat It Like a Color Accent
This small wood kitchen island from Becca Interiors has a wood top and a pale sage green painted base that works as a subtle color accent in the neutral room. A pair of vintage metal stools enhances the chic country inspired vibes.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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This small highrise kitchen island from Forbes + Masters floats in the center of an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living room, helping to structure the space. Built-in storage and waterfall edge countertops that give it a polished and elegant feel despite its modest proportions.
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Play with Materials
This small kitchen island from Fantastic Frank has a plywood-clad mini island on wheels that adds a raw and informal vibe to the open plan space.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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Warm It Up with Wood
In this Danish-inspired San Francisco kitchen from Cathie Hong Interiors, a small kitchen island is clad in warm wood to add contrast with the black-and-white palette and stainless steel appliances.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Add a French Country Accent
Adding French-style wooden bar stools and a sparkly chandelier gives this small kitchen island from Jessica Nelson Design a French country vibe that's easy to live with and will outlast trends.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Add a Vase of Tall Branches
In this NYC kitchen, interior designer Alvin Wayne added fur throws to the bar stools and a vase of extra tall branches to the top of the small kitchen island that draws the eye up, emphasizing the tall ceilings rather than the limited footprint.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Paint It Blue
This mobile kitchen island from Studio Peake is painted in the same deep teal as the lower cabinets, adding saturated color to the traditional lines and warm wood finishes of this classic British kitchen.
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Add a Farmhouse Vibe
This turned wood kitchen island from Jessica Nelson Design adds a homey farmhouse-inspired element to an all-white kitchen. The bottom shelf offers a place for storage and display while keeping an open feel that allows light and air to flow.
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Go for the Gold
This Stockholm apartment kitchen from Fantastic Frank has white walls and minimal Scandinavian vibes that allow a gleaming gold island to take center stage. The eye-catching island is not only decorative but a piece of multifunctional furniture that manages to house a sink, induction stovetop and oven on one side, with seating for two on the other.
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Include Open Shelving
Interior designer and real estate agent Julian Porcino designed a custom island for this Venice Beach, California bungalow that features drawers on one side and open shelving on the other. The open shelves leave just enough extra storage space to tuck in a pair of backless bar stools for casual meals or taking a load off while shelling peas or waiting for the pot to boil.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Add Rustic Wood Cladding
A small kitchen island clad in a dark stained wood adds a neo rustic element that grounds this compact kitchen from Mindy Gayer Design Co.. The air space above the island is anchored by woven pendant lights that emphasize the high ceilings of the relatively small kitchen area, making it feel more expansive.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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Bling It Up
A small waterfall edge island from interior designer Alvin Wayne gets a dose of high-energy bling with shiny gold bar stools that reflect light and add a sense of grandeur to a modest space.
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An affordable alternative to a fixed kitchen island is a freestanding restaurant-style island that you can pick up at a kitchen supply store. This one from Laquita Tate Interior Styling & Designs has a sturdy countertop and open metal shelving with a light profile that helps keep the small space from feeling cramped.
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