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The Secret to Kitchen Envy: A Stylish Island

Home buyers love kitchen islands. It’s become a gathering spot for not just cooking but also eating, working, and socializing. As the island continues to gain stature in kitchens, homeowners are finding ways to spotlight it with contrasting shades or even different countertops to make it the focal point.

Check out some examples from designers featured at Houzz, which show how the kitchen island can become the showpiece of your space.

An island of a different color

Kitchen Island Texture
Photo courtesy of Bluestar at Ferguson Bath Kitchen & Lighting Gallery / Bluestar Nova Series Range with Griddle Top and Custom Color Knobs Lifestyle 9

Furniture-styled islands

Wood Kitchen Island

© chandlerphoto / E+ / Getty Images

Contrasting countertops

Statement Kitchen Lighting
Photo courtesy: Tech Lighting at Ferguson Bath Kitchen & Lighting Gallery / Grace Chandelier


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