The majority of homeowners either add an island or upgrade an existing one during a kitchen remodel. And nearly half of homeowners choose an island color that contrasts with the main cabinets, according to the latest Houzz research. This two-tone effect adds style, creates a focal point and helps break up large expanses of cabinets. Pros share how it’s done with details on four kitchens whose islands beautifully contrast with the perimeter cabinets.
1. Going Gray
Designer: Amanda D’Ascanio of AKD Interiors
Cabinetmaker: Goebel Cabinetry
Builder: Buckridge Carpentry
Location: Malvern, Pennsylvania
Size: 270 square feet (25 square meters); 15 by 18 feet
Homeowners’ request. “The client is a busy family of five — Mom, Dad and three kiddos,” says designer Amanda D’Ascanio. “They love to host parties with friends and have large family gatherings where extended family can come to celebrate holidays and special occasions. The design direction was modern farmhouse that balanced his more modern tastes with the more traditional elements that she gravitated to.”