8 Genius Kitchen Islands That Steal the Show

If you’re planning to renovate your kitchen, a large island bench is a must. In a contemporary Australian kitchen it becomes the heart and soul of the home – serving as a prep area, drinks station or lean-and-chat space.

Getting the island right in your kitchen will make or break the space. Here are eight homes with showstopping kitchen islands that elevate everything else to new heights, without compromising on functionality.

Top tips for a perfect kitchen island layout:

1. Keep seating localised in one area, so everyone can have access to the island.

2. Set up plates and cutlery at one end when entertaining and food at the other for an instant self-serve buffet, perfect for feeding a crowd.

3. Incorporate storage into the island to service both sides – draws on the kitchen side and open shelving where it faces the living room to display objects and keep cookbooks within easy reach.

Generous size and stature with a marble waterfall finish offset by nimble bentwood stools

Black cabinetry anchors this kitchen colour scheme and makes this island a standout feature

The perfect way to group adjoining spaces is to have the island serve both sides

The subtle detailing of VJ board is an unexpected treat

Moody concrete makes a statement in this contemporary kitchen and allows the splashback to shine

Shaker-style cabinetry goes modern in monochrome

Simple, elegant and matching overhead cabinets, this marble-topped island cleverly conceals a heater panel

Stunning timber panels beneath a slimline marble benchtop echoes classic stools and adjacent dining chairs.

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