Kitchen Island Ideas to Make Your Kitchen Stand Out

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December 30, 2017

You’ve got your cabinets, countertops, appliances, light fixtures, sink and faucet all visualized for your kitchen. There’s just one more component you need to think about: your kitchen island. Sure, you may have a countertop material picked out, but what about the panels of the island? An often underestimated part of the kitchen, the materials selected for the kitchen island actually play a key role in the look and feel of this space.
Considering its importance, the kitchen island warrants some careful consideration. The good news is that you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to picking out the perfect materials for this statement piece.
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You can’t go wrong with wood in your home, even in the kitchen. Whatever type of material you may have on your cabinets doesn’t really matter, because wood goes with just about everything. More specifically, reclaimed wood is becoming more and more popular among homeowners who are looking to add something that pulls both modern and natural elements into the kitchen. Reclaimed wood has a wonderful worn texture to it, which has an amazing way of softening man-made materials.

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)

This manufactured material has quickly become the favourite for most cabinet makers because of its price as well as it can be cut and manufactured into any door style or shape using a CNC machine. Its also the one of the best price points and that can often be passed down to the consumer. Most homeowners are drawn to am MDF kitchen nowadays as it can be painted in any colour they desire.


More commonly used in kitchen backsplashes, tile is a unique type of material that you can consider using on the backside of your island. Luckily, your kitchen doesn’t have to look so “cookie cutter” just by applying tile to this surface area. These days, there are tons of different types, shapes, materials, colours, and textures when it comes to tile in the kitchen. You can even apply the tiles in specific ways to create a unique pattern that you won’t see in any other kitchen.


reclaimed wood in featured kitchen renovation image by Magnolia Market

reclaimed wood in featured kitchen renovation image by Magnolia Market

This might be gaining some serious steam in the world of interior design, but shiplap is still a trend you can capitalize on without seeming as though you’re copying every other homeowner out there. This material is easily applied by neatly connecting the planks together. The distinguished horizontal lines of shiplap provide an element of dimension to the panels of the kitchen island.


Stainless steel has proven to work quite well in kitchens thanks to the rampant popularity of stainless steel appliances. So why not apply this modern and clean material to the back panel of your kitchen island too? You can either match your appliances or go with something more contrasting in colour, sheen and texture.

Hope Designs – Helping Homeowners Design Their Kitchen Islands

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Still not sure how to vamp up your kitchen island? Hope Designs has plenty of ideas to give you inspiration. We’ll work with your specific tastes while providing you with some out-of-the-box ideas that will truly make your kitchen a showpiece. Book your consultation with Hope Designs today!