(All photos: Patrick Cline/Lonny)1. Color Within the Lines
A circular butcher-block island adds visual interest to a straightforward, whitewashed kitchen. Wrapped with an easy-to-DIY striped skirt and presided over by an oversize pendant lamp and a poppy painted ceiling embellishment, the central unit gets instant prominence.
Even the homiest kitchen has a lot to gain from professional tools. Take this commercial-grade steel table, for example; it's not only uber-functional as an island, with its cutting-board surface and built-in shelving, but it's also in keeping with the serene rusticity of its stylish surroundings.
3. Three in One
Not so much an island as a double-duty bar cart and side table, this space-saving solution is a smart choice for a small kitchen. Set against serious art, Farrow & Ball's dramatic Wisteria wallpaper, and a gleaming hardwood floor, the small corner gives the oft-spartan space major "main room" style.