Ideas for Island Kitchen Decor


Even if you're not a cook you can appreciate how much an island adds to your kitchen. Whether it serves as extra counter space, a breakfast bar or storage, kitchen islands enhance a kitchen. Ideas for island kitchen décor are vast and how to use them are only limited by your needs and imagination.


  • In a room like a kitchen, function comes first for how best use a kitchen island. Consider your needs first before putting your island kitchen décor ideas in place. It might help to clear the island top completely and use the kitchen for a few days. Take note of how much of the space gets put to good use.

Decorating the Island Itself

  • Even if you want to use all the flat space of the island, that's no reason to leave your island unadorned. Just painting cabinet panels (if your island has them) or even the entire island with fun colors will go a long way to creating a greater sense of warmth in your kitchen. You may want to move beyond monotone and consider using contrasting colors. Take things a step further and use a stencil. Look for stencil kits at your local craft store or find a design you like and make your own stencil.

    If you use your kitchen island as a food preparation area or to serve food from you have a few options, however, the top needs special consideration. Tiling gives you a fairly easy way to create a beautiful and interesting, yet entirely functional surface. Step things up with a mosaic top. A beautiful design can make the island your kitchen's focal point.

Unity and Harmony

  • In decorating terms "unity" refers to how well different elements of design like color, mass, form, and texture, blend together. "Harmony" refers to how well everything in the room seems to belong. If you go with one or two colors for your island, it will be easier to keep unity and harmony. A sense of unity and harmony is important.

    If you do want to tile or create a mosaic, study the rest of your kitchen first. That's where you'll find your color palette. You don't need to stick with the same colors, but be sure to find out what colors and textures work well together.


  • Unless you have a small kitchen island, like a portable island, there will likely be room for accessories. Again, start first with taking note of how the island gets used. Either paint, tile or mosaic your counter first. Consider the color, pattern and texture of the island before adding accessories. Once you've done this, you're ready to add earthenware, glassware, a vase or potted plant. Interesting glass containers for spices, pasta, or treats can add beauty as well function.


  • Home Decorating for Dummies; Katharine Kaye McMillan, and Patricia Hart McMillian; 2004
  • Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces; Maureen Mitton; 2007
  • Small and Chic: High Style for Small Spaces; Bridget Vranckx; 2008
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