Planning to build a new home or renovate your existing kitchen? Consider a contrasting kitchen island as one way to go with the style! 

Kitchens – the Heart of the Home

Kitchens are one of the most used rooms in our homes. From family meals to birthday parties, from holiday gatherings to hosting a BBQ, why wouldn’t we want our kitchens to have a WOW factor?

Contrasting kitchen islands is not a new idea, it’s just a good alternative for those who want to liven up that space.

It’s a relatively easy update for existing kitchens and if building a new home, you definitely want that “something extra” feel in the style of your new kitchen.

Examples of Contrasting Kitchen Islands

Some people like and appreciate the symmetry of a monotone kitchen – that’s great! They can be beautiful! 

But, if you’re ready to give those builder grade cabinets a makeover and update, take a look at these ideas!

Photo by USI Design & RemodelingLook for kitchen design inspiration

The kitchen above is classic in color scheme with white cabinets, black kitchen island and pale gray walls. The black accents actually warm up the white and gray. The backsplash behind the range blends all the colors and brings texture to the look. Love it! 

Photo by Cargill Construction Co LLCBrowse kitchen photos

This is a gorgeous version of the Farmhouse look. The contrast of the crisp, white cabinets to the warm, inviting stained island just works. The cabinet hardware, beams, bronze hood and light fixtures bring it home! Who wouldn’t love entertaining or just living in a kitchen like this? 



Photo by Revision LLCMore kitchen ideas

Gray cabinets are in and contrasting them with the classic white kitchen island makes for a beautiful, more traditional style kitchen. The light fixtures over the island are like the jewelry – gorgeous!

3 Easy Contrasting Kitchen Ideas

Painting is always the quickest and most affordable update. Consider adding some spice to your kitchen with one of these simple ideas:

  1. Paint the perimeter cabinets one color and the island a contrasting color. Instant “pop” to liven things up! (See photos above)
  2. Don’t have an island? No problem! Paint the lower cabinets a darker color and the upper cabinets a lighter color. You’re still creating interest and breaking up a “sea of likeness” with this painting idea. 
  3. Paint everything crisp white. Choose a focal point or wall to paint a different color for a more custom look! 


Any of these ideas are sure to bring some character to your kitchen! Which do you like best?