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Rough Luxe Kitchen Islands

I love it when kitchen islands are not “matchy matchy” with the kitchen cabinets and stand on their own. If they are constructed of something unexpected, or were something else in their former life in my book they are all that  more interesting.

This one complements the cabinetry and ceiling but has the beautiful “sawbuck” detail on the ends
Hydrangea Hill Cottage

This one is the only rustic/organic piece in this otherwise sea of white kitchen by Phoebe Howard.  I don’t think this kitchen would be nearly as interesting without this island. What do you think?

phoebe howard

In this kitchen by the fabulous Kelly Harmon the island is made of reclaimed wood
Kelly Harmon
kelly harmon

This clever island appears to have been a console table in it’s former life.  A prep sink was added for convenience.
Cuisine campagne charme

This island looks like it may have been a shop counter of some sort .  I am crazy about this one.


cote de texas

Another example here of a repurposed antique piece used as the
island in Donna Gray’s kitchen.


This fabulous island, constructed of reclaimed wood, looks wonderful in this industrial setting.

via daily milk

What is your idea of the perfect kitchen island?  Do you prefer one that matches the rest of the cabinetry or one that stands on it’s own and makes a statement? I would love to hear what you think.

Reader Interactions


  1. kim at northerncalstyle. says

    Cindy, I'm loving all these islands. I totally agree that a more rustic or unmatched island gives the kitchen a little soul. All of these make me want to bake something and hang out there! I think my favorite is the shop counter as well!

    Just catching up on your blog! I've missed it!


  2. Anne says

    I so agree! Love the examples you show. My daydream island would be an old rustic table with a marble top… great for baking…. not that i bake!

  3. Leslie says

    I'm seeing more and more reclaimed wood in kitchens and love it. kelly harmon and Donna did a beautiful job. White is always a classic but adding the warmth of wood really changes things up. Beautiful!

  4. Karen Albert says

    Hi Cindy. I love a kitchen island that is a piece in itself.
    Love the one above that looks like it had been a console!

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  5. sharon smith says

    I think I would like a standout island. One that makes a statement and is totally utilitarian. Yeh, that's what I would like. All shown are beautiful and I inspirational…….

  6. An Urban Cottage says

    These are all A.MAZ.ING! I've been looking for an old table for my island but you've shown a few that has me thinking about going i another direction. A table would take up less visual space, something like a store counter would provide more storage. Hmmm.

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